The #handstandchallenge has been blowing up social media during the quarantine period. The concept was simple to start: just put on a shirt while performing a wall-assisted handstand. The game really took off once celebrities began challenging each other, most notably when Tom Holland tasked Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds to attempt the feat. Gyllenhaal crushed it—and sparked a whole new round of famous people recording themselves struggling while upended on their walls—while Reynolds provided some comedic relief and justification for anyone who refuses to take part in these challenges.
Last week, U.S. gymnastic GOAT Simone Biles took the challenge to another level by doing her own, much more difficult version. A multiple gold medalist has no need for a wall for a handstand—and instead of putting a shirt on, she took her sweatpants off.
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Now, gymnast Katelyn Ohashi (who rose to fame for her perfect 10 floor routine in 2019), also crushed the Biles version of the challenge.
“i could use a hand. #handstandchallenge what’s next?” she captioned her post.
Ohashi shows off her impressive strength and balance, removing one leg of her sweatpants at a time, and even rotating her body 180 degrees in the process.
She also took on the original shirt challenge—with a gymnast’s twist, of course.
If you’re looking to give any form of the #handstandchallenge a shot, check out the video below for a few tips on how to master a handstand (sans wall) from CrossFit coach and former U.S.A. National Gymnastics champ David Durante. Most importantly, pay attention to his cues about proper hand placement, shoulder positioning, and hip positioning before you try to kick up.
Remember, you’re (probably) not a gymnast. Leave the sweatpants to the experts—stick to the t-shirts or take the Reynolds route to avoid any unnecessary injuries.
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