Handstand Central Gallery 1


All handstands – not necessarily in as good form as we would expect!* All male, almost always shirtless… because we like them that way. Armstands and planches included. Newest pictures will always appear immediately underneath this note.

*For the record, in the normal two-hand balance: hollow chest, tight tummy and butt, no arch in the back, legs straight and together, feet stretched and toes curled. Well, we can hope… of course, other acrobatic shapes are allowed, but not arching the back to compensate for poor shoulder flexibility!

Plenty more in the zillions of blog posts and also within the two now ‘full’ pages Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics 1 and Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics 2. Enjoy and comment via blog posts or direct to gymacrobat@gmail.com


June 14th 2020

As I make this final update to HANDSTAND CENTRAL GALLERY #1, International Handstand Day approaches. As all gymnast coaches and acrobats will tell you, you can never spend enough time on your hands. Strong and flexible shoulders, and core strength, go to make up ‘what it takes’. For this final update here, I feature first of all one of UK#s current acrobatic gymnasts, Adam Upcott (younger brother of the somewhat more famous Edward, now a stunt performer). Recent champmions in the European Championships with his three partners, and featured in this first ‘fun’ challenge with his partner Charlie Stayce.

A somewhat younger Adam next:

And then a backflip to a brief handstand and rebound to stand:

A few more shots of Adam at various ages:

…and on the John Bishop Show…

OK. Other hand balancers are available!! … … …

… some better than others…

…and some better dressed than others…

June 3rd 2020

Dual purpose #1: handstand and push-up resistance

Dual purpose #2: handstand and self push-ups:

Young Russian boys:

…and the rest!

May 28th 2020

Been a while. Let’s put that right.

Love the composition of that one-armer!

Well, it’s nearly a one-arm balance – if he would just get his foot off the wall…

Close enough – elbow stand from Gerson. Now I don’t normally use art here, but this next is rather good we think:

…yes it is, just (but the legs should be straight)

May 3rd 2020

‘Kewl’ training, as they say!

April 30th 2020

April 7th 2020



March 28th 2020

(OK, not a balance – but at least he is on his hands)

March 6th 2020

Gosh, it’s been a while. Here we go:

January 30th 2020

Let’s begin this set with a ‘twirl’:

The base on the next is Jack Atherton, but we’re not sure who the ‘top’ is: A Cirque rehearsal, anyway:

And now at ‘Pirates’, Majorca:

As to the rest of this batch, could be anybody, anywhere!

(Not so good – arched back, poor shoulder angle at feet not stretched. But, Hey, he’s enjoying himself, so what!)

Fun, fun, fun! Just stretch those feet a little more…

Not strictly a handstand, but interesting!

January 8th 2020

Quite a few one-armers here…

January 1st 2020

A young lad sets a high standard for this short selection:

…just need to get those feet together and stretched (as in the final one in this set!).

November 29th 2019

November 10th 2019

How about this, for starters?

October 3rd 2019

September 22nd 2019

Update long overdue! Great planches and handstands in this set

September 1st 2019

Some rather eccentric handstands in today’s bunch, but here’s one I’ve put on the Gymnasts Gallery #1 page as well – starring one of Telitsyn’s extraordinary gymnasts (Mishka Pavlov) doing a ‘super planche’ on just four fingers. Pity he seems to have kept his shirt on so that we can’t see the muscles at work. Still, the rest of today’s bunch know better! Enjoy!


August 19th 2019

Definitely time for some more – opening with Tom Daley

July 30th 2019

Onwards and up(sidedown)wards! Plus the occasional planche!

July 14th 2019

There next one is nearly a handstand – I’m sure he got there…

…and a parallel-bar finale (which must go on the Gymnasts Gallery page too!):

No, wait: one more (look away now if you don’t approve of nudity). You can enlarge this:

After all gymnastics is “the naked art”!

July 7th 2019

New ones, including some professionals.

A duo from cirque…

And then, another duo:



…and on location (unless it is just a backdrop!):

And finally – a sort of handstand (I suppose!) – back to basics!!

June 16th 2019

A further selection, starting with two from street workout star Angelo Svec and including some planches, some one-arms, and some interesting acrobatic combinations…

June 3rd 2019

Let’s start today’s selection with one from the Chelyabinsk gym: I posted 25 other pics of their gymnasts training on the Gymnasts Gallery page today as well (click here!)

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Love it when we can combine handstands and weight training! Here’s another…

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Hmmm. Needs to open shoulders a bit more. And to finish this set, the weird guy…

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May 22nd 2019

May 15th 2019

(Yes, it’s a hand balance: Russian Hold or Russian Vee)

And finally, I’m not sure if this a handstand or just a clever capture of a guy in motion. If he’s really doing a one-arm balance on a slack wire… that’s “real kewl”!! … …