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These issues might be related to the each other because your hamstrings and glutes work together in many movements and they are the main muscles (along with quads) that make hip / leg movement possible. So there might be a connection there. I am unable to fully straighten my legs ( lack of hamstring flexibility? ) Yes, this seems to be a hamstring ...


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I am not aware of any studies that mention the strict planche, front lever, or any other advanced calisthenic movement. If anybody is, please share it, I would love to read it. Studies typically focus on regular resistance training such as bench, squat, and deadlift numbers. All we can do for now is try to draw conclusions from data that looks relevant. How ...


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Are handstand blocks useful for improving the handstand? Yes. As an added bonus, most people find balancing on blocks to place less stress on your wrists. You can even get/build blocks that slope to reduce wrist stress even more or if your wrists are not very flexible. Typically when balancing on the floor we have more weight near the palms, and leave the ...


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In levers and planches, your centre of mass will be directly below the bar or rings. So the minimum about of space needed would be the distance from your centre of mass to the top of your head. Your centre of mass is usually slightly below your belly button. Let's say 10cm below. Let's also say you want to keep at least a 10cm gap between your head and the ...


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The planche does not require any contraction of the abdominal muscles, so that's extremely unlikely to be what's limiting you. The natural tendency of gravity in the planche is to pull your hips down, causing your spine to flex. This is the same movement that is performed by the abs, so it is actually the opposite muscles that must be activated in a planche ...


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