It seems like forever ago that I started training handstands and it seems like it took forever to finally pull the training wheels off and start practicing without kicking up against the wall. I felt stuck for a long time, like I wasn't progressing. I guess I had it in my head that if I couldn't get a long hold after using the wall for a spot I wouldn't be able to get any hold time at all without the wall. Well this isn't the case and it's funny because once I figured out how to stop the momentum from the kick up I think it's easier to get longer holds then when practicing against the wall. I'm still a long way away from a minute hold, my estimation is that my longest have been 15 to 20 seconds. It's an incredible feeling when you are stable and the effort is nil. But, it's a fine line between staying there and losing balance. This is really starting to get fun. For a while I was down to 3X/week on handstand training but I'm back up to 5X/wk and I hope to continue with that frequency.
Last time I posted I had started training on the stairs down by my beach. A combination of running up the stairs with a set of pullups at the bottom and a set of pushups at the top. When I started I could only run up (taking 2 steps at a time) twice and then I did 3 steps at a time walking up twice for a total of 4 rounds. I'm now up to 7 rounds; 5 times running up 2 steps at a time and twice walking 3 steps at a time. Pushups and pullups after each flight. My goal is to continue with this until I get to 10 sets, I'm guessing that will take me another 2 to 3 weeks. I'm still in the pool twice a week doing dynamic apnea and freestyle though I took a two week break because I had a tattoo that was healing and I had to stay dry. This is my first week in the pool after the break so I'm trying to ease back into it.
I finished six weeks of Steve Maxwells Spartan 300 bodyweight workout just last week. I was able to get up to the 300 reps after about 2 and a half weeks of starting the program, most exercises were at level 2 but a couple were at level 3. I was completing the 300 in 40 to 45 minutes. I might revisit it here and there if my routine goes out of wack or and I need to get a quick workout in.
I've like the variety in my training at the moment with the stairs, handstands, heavy farmers walks and mace swings on M.W. F. mornings. Then TU and TH mornings I'm in the pool. TU and TH evenings I am doing more handstand work, a bodyweight squat routine Ido gave to me, rope climbing and some bridging mobility drills. I'm also trying to work on meditation exercises that will help with my freediving. Now that my busy work season is here I'll be having to make adjustments here and there plus I want to get out in the open water soon for some freediving and spearfishing. It's time to have fun.