Wrist Warm Up for Handbalancing

It goes without saying, but a good wrist warm up is a key part of a handbalancing routine. In this post, I’ve collected a list of top 10 wrist warm up exercises that I happen to do every time I practice. I stick with pretty…

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The Little Handbalancing Book Review

I. loved. this. book. “The Little Handbalancing Book” is one of the only modern books on handbalancing, written by professional handbalancer, Nicolo Kehrwald.  Nicolo has trained with handbalancers all over the world including Yury Bozyan in Montreal,  Claude Victoria in France, and  Yanjinbileg and Bud…

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Lock Off Progression

Hey AcroCafe #squad! Let’s do some one arm lock offs! What is a lock off? A lock off position is essentially the very top of your pull up. A one arm lock off is where you do that same position using only one arm (beast mode). Personally,…

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Yoga Strap Assisted Hand Balancing

Have you ever incorporated a yoga strap* into your hand balancing practice? If not, here’s your chance! Just grab any standard 10 foot yoga strap* and your sense of adventure!  (Any shorter than 10 ft could be a real squeeze!) *Asterisks indicate affiliate links. If purchases are made…

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Press Handstand Progressions

Are you on the #QuestForThePress? Is a press handstand on your list of goals? This post has drills and conditioning exercises which help you find that elusive floating feeling, and work the right body mechanics of blocking from the shoulders, and engaging the core. Use…

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#CrowLanding Yoga Challenge Recap

I took part in my first Instagram Yoga challenge! I’ve definitely said “I’m totally going to do this!” to many challenges, that never panned out. This one was only 8 days from March 13-March 20, so I knew I could probably stick to it. This…

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Pull Up Bar Ab Workout

Hi #squad! I noticed that the pull up bar workout I posted a while back has gotten tons of pins on Pinterest, so I thought I would put together another pull up bar workout that’s all ABS. There are five exercises, with difficulty increasing on…

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Oblique Burn Workout

If part of your fitness goal is to get a sleek midsection, then I have a great oblique burning workout for you. The key to firming up the muffin top area is by doing oblique exercises. Now, oblique exercises tend to feel easy when you do them…

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Upgrading Your Rock Climbing Shoes

I can’t believe I’ve been climbing regularly for over 2 years now. I remember upgrading from gym rentals and picking out my first rock climbing shoes like it was yesterday. My first shoes were these purple Women’s Elektra Evolvs, great price and pretty comfortable. They…

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Grip Training Workout

So, you’re interested in grip training? I’ve become somewhat of  grip strength pro over the years, mostly because my favorite activities all involve hanging from my finger tips.  From being an aerialist and rock climber to competing on American Ninja Warrior, grip strength has come…

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At Home Kettlebell Workout

If you’re like me, your home fitness equipment stash doesn’t include everything but it does include a kettlebell. One night recently, I was home and realized I wasn’t going to able to get out to the gym like I’d planned, but I didn’t want to give…

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Pull-up Bar Workout

Pull-ups give you super powers. Want to climb a rope? Lift yourself out of the pool like a mermaid? Look like Michelle Obama? Yeah, that all requires upper body strength. Pull-ups are going to get you there. Find a pull-up bar in any gym, install…

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Training for an Elite Spartan Race

This year I decided to take it up a notch and signed up for my first Elite heat Spartan Race. I’m going to share my goals and my three month training plan for my upcoming race which I hope lands me in the rankings of…

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Intro to Indoor Rock Climbing

Thinking about getting into indoor rock climbing? Great! You’re going to be loving it in no time. Life is about exploring (!) and there’s plenty of things to try indoors. Here is a quick intro on the different types of indoor rock climbing: top roping,…

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My First Aerial Silks Performance

I loved doing my first aerial silks act. Through the pain, sweat and tears emerged something I was truly proud of. It took about 6 months to put together from choosing music, to making up choreography to being able to perform the entire thing without…

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Pure Barre Workout – Review

I was walking through town last week on our first warm day of the Spring and noticed there was a Pure Barre in our town center! Apparently it’s been there for a year; exactly a year in fact. I saw online they had a deal for…

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