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The TikTok Handstand Challenge Is Back—and Even Harder This Time

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The handstand is one of those hero-level moves that requires your strength and balance to be on-point, and also happens to look pretty damn cool, whether you're Britney Spears or MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre. "I like to think of a well-rounded handstand as this triumvirate where strength, stability, and position are all worked on in their own specific needs," former USA National Gymnastics coach and CrossFitter David Durante told Men's Health.

So it makes sense that this core-torching exercise served as a convenient avenue for our mental and physical energy back in 2020, when we were all stuck at home.

The original handstand challenge, popularized on social media by celebrities like Tom Holland and Maggie Gyllenhaal, involved putting on a T-shirt while maintaining a wall handstand. Olympic athlete Lolo Jones took it a couple of steps further, showing off her impressive strength and stability by putting on a T-shirt and drinking wine while maintaining her handstand with seemingly little effort. Then star gymnast Simone Biles offered up her take on the challenge, removing her sweatpants with her feet while in a free handstand, inspiring Olympians Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson to try it too.

And now, two whole years later, the handstand challenge is back, albeit in a slightly different form. A new version of the viral trend is circulating on TikTok which several dancers, gymnasts and athletes are performing involves a higher skill level, and should not be tried at home by somebody who hasn't done the necessary training.

In the new #wallhandstandchallenge videos, which have garnered a collective million views on the platform, individuals stand with one leg extended so their foot is flat against a wall, then rotate their bodies so they are facing away from the wall with their foot still in position. They then hinge their upper body downwards, planting their hands firmly on the floor, lifting their other foot up into a handstand, and removing the first foot from the wall, moving into an inverted split.

If you missed the TikTok challenge the first time around but feel like giving it a try now, be sure not to just launch yourself into this particular variation, as you'll risk injury. Instead, try mastering the classic handstand first.

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