The handstand is a building block to other movement-based disciplines such as in yoga, gymnastics, calisthenics and even sport climbing. In short, it makes us better at everything.
If you’re itching to go upside down with ease, any of these six schools will help you get there.
Handstand classes at BodyTree Gymnastic Fitness are suitable for complete beginners to hand balancers looking for a bigger challenge. The environment is safe and fun, and extensions are given to challenge each individual based on his or her current abilities.
Classes also focus on conditioning to get your bodies ready to advance to the next step. These include exercises for joint preparation and body alignment and techniques to safely enter and exit a handstand.
Complete beginners are strongly encouraged to get started with a one-on-one fitness assessment before taking a class. The coach will understand how your body moves, note existing injuries and modify exercises accordingly.
Optional 1 Hour Fitness Assessment: $100
10-Class Pass: $350
Unlimited Monthly Membership: $450
Address: 7 Teo Hong road
Classes here are small (about eight students), and it’s common to observe cheerful greetings among students and loads of peer-to-peer help during drills and exercises.
Complete beginners may start off with Handstands 1, which helps you work on the fundamentals such as training the required muscle groups, improving mobility and stability and more. You will then progress to a handstand done against the wall before eventually attempting a freestanding handstand.
As the studio’s name suggests, aerial classes like Hoop and Hammock are available for those looking to move like a Cirque du Soleil performer. Plus, classes like AcroFit helps you with yoga arm balance poses like the crow.
$310 for 8 90-minute classes
Address: 7B Trengganu Street
(Also read: What to Expect at Your First Aerial Yoga Class)
NorthStar Gymnastics offers gymnastics classes for adults and their students range from absolute beginners and fitness enthusiasts to ex-gymnasts, dancers, yogis and martial artists. Beginners would love the progressive conditioning exercises in this well-equipped 4,700 sq ft gymnasium – think sprung mats, specifically designed to absorb impact and hence reduce impact and injury – managed by a team of experienced coaches slash former gymnasts.
With the use of established professional gymnastics equipment such as Tumbl Trak, you will feel extra safe training here, even when attempting handstands on your own. Plus, you will get to learn various other gymnastics moves, which will break the monotony of doing only handstands drills.
Single drop-in class or trial: $45
10-class package: $400
Address: #03-02 Singapore Post Centre
At SCA’s group handstand classes, you can expect overall fitness gains as you learn how to build the necessary strength, flexibility and techniques to execute a proper handstand. Multi-level exercises are given to work the wrists, arms, core, shoulders and legs, and improve the mobility of the hips and shoulders.
To advance your fitness level overall, you can also check out SCA’s personal training package – trainees are also welcome to join the handstand classes.
The best part about SCA will be handstand coach Firdaus, an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated arm balancer who provides everyone with tailored feedback so as to achieve progress. Frustrated trainees who have been hitting the wall with handstands will love the class.
Trial session: $35 (waived with purchase of package after trial)
10-Class Pass: $275
Unlimited Monthly Membership: $200
Personal Training Package: $1000 for 10 sessions
Address: 263 Lavender Street
(Also read: How to Do a Proper Handstand – 8 Training Exercises)
Training for handstands happens in the Calisthenics and Advanced Calisthenics classes at TripleFit, a premium 23,500 square-feet space boasting group fitness classes by popular instructors including Denise Keller for yoga, a retail section selling popular activewear and even ready-to-go high-protein meals that may be consumed within the compound.
The class employs compound bodyweight movements to increase our bodily awareness and control and increase the strength and mobility of our bodies. Think pushing and pressing exercises with minimal equipment such as squats and pull ups, handstands and muscle ups.
For the super fit crowd, the Advanced Calisthenics class would call for more demanding movements such as cartwheels, muscle ups (a form of advanced strength training) and specific exercises for upper body strength, core and balance. The advanced class is only allowed for those who can demonstrate suffice body control, form and strength, and pass an in-house test.
Trial session: Complimentary one-class class
10 class pass: $380
12-Months TripleFit Unlimited Membership: $1,980
Address: #02-63 Millenia Walk
6. Align Studio
Align Studio’s calisthenics class is suitable for those looking at attaining their first handstand as well as those seeking to fine-tune their technique. This structured programme with progressive exercises for strengthening, mobility building and alignment will provide you a solid foundation for a safe practice. Plus, you will love instructor Gajju’s easy-to-understand instructions and his calm, soothing voice that will melt away fears.
For the more adventurous, the inversions class will help you explore variations in a safe and supportive environment. In this class, you can also expect strengthening and stabilising exercises to prepare your body for headstands, forearm balance, shoulder stands and more.
Trial session: $35
10-Class Pass: $280
Unlimited Monthly Membership: $270
Address: 35C Kreta Ayer Road