How to Make Handstand Blocks

By Brandy Alexander

Building your own handstand blocks makes performing handstands, as well as a number of other exercises, easier on your wrists, allowing you to work out longer. Having a firm handle to grasp while performing a handstand also gives you more control over your balance by using your grasp to control the angle of your body to the ground. You can easily make a permanent or portable handstand block with common materials from your local building supply store.

Step 1

Cut the 2-by-4 plank into four lengths about 2 feet long using a handsaw or circular saw.

Step 2

Screw a galvanized street elbow onto each end of both 7-inch pipe nipples.

Step 3

Screw a pipe flange onto each male end of the street elbows installed in Step 2. You should now have two handles shaped somewhat like towel racks that you can attach to the cut 2-by-4 sections.

Step 4

Center one of the handles on the wide side of one of the four 24-inch long 2-by-4s. Insert wood screws through the mounting holes in the flanges and into the wooden plank. Mount the other handle in the same way on another 2-by-4.

Step 5

Place the remaining two 2-by-4s on the ground parallel to each other. Position the 2-by-4s with the mounted handles on top of and perpendicular to the bottom boards about shoulder width apart. Screw the top planks to the bottom planks. You now have a stable handstand station that allows you to grasp the handles and perform a better handstand.


About the Author

Brandy Alexander began writing professionally in 1993. She has years of experience as a professional of the English language employed with the "Cape Times" and "The Mercury." Alexander holds a master's degree in English literature from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

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