Hand to hand stunts have become one of the fastest growing stunts in the cheer world. What used to be considered an extremely advanced stunt has become almost as predictable as the standing tuck. However, many people struggle to get hand to hands or aren’t sure where to begin. Here are 2 things to consider when doing a hand to hand stunt
1. The flyer must be able to do a handstand. I don’t mean she can kick up onto her hands and stay somewhat upright while walking around. I mean she can hold a handstand, without moving, lets straight up. There are ways that the top girl can improve her handstand. Start by getting a handstand that you can hold comfortably by initially using the wall and graduating into open space. From there, work on different hand placements so that you are comfortable no matter where your hands end up. Think about standing with your feet wide or together, both are different, but you’re able to do either. If it’s a challenging position, work on it. Don’t waste time on things you already have, and don’t forget to try it with your hands overlapping one another (and even one handed!) .
2. Guys must have (at minimum) a solid extension. IF you are only able to do hands, the hand to hand is a much more difficult version and you may not be ready. If you have a solid extension, you can work the hand to hand and it will help make all overhead stunts better because it is a more challenging skill than holding feet. You can also use the hand to hand as a conditioning tool to improve your strength and stability at the hands level, but make sure to have multiple spotters to keep the flyer safe. One way to work on the ability to do this skill is to add specific stability exercises to your routine. During weight training, you can use a barbell with kettlebells attached to it to create an unstable object to hold and press. Single arm strengthening is also a huge benefit. Objects like heavy medicine balls and kettlebells can provide good load and instability to progress faster.
This skill is a fun one to learn and a challenging one to master, but overall it can dramatically improve the look of a routine and overall help both males and females to become better stunters!