A friend messaged me to say that he was going on a handstand course to which my first response was “is he having a laugh”!  I then thought some more and bravely asked for the details.  He quickly messaged back and said he would paste my name into the comment box – at which point I said “No Don’t”!

But too late!

I heard the “PING”.

It was now on Facebook for the rest of the world to see!

I have always wanted to have more strength, to be able to lift my body weight, and have always wanted to do an unsupported handstand.

So there I was the night before the course wondering “is this really a good idea”?  Especially since my friend was attending the afternoon session and I could only make the only morning one.  I needed some moral support.  So who better a person to convince to join me (although she didn’t need much) – my hill running, loch swimming and road biking buddy Morag.  She even admitted on the drive across that she attempted a handstand the night before.

Oh dear goodness!  The fear was now setting in.  My feet had never been higher than two feet off the ground let alone above my head!

So here goes nothing.  We pitch up and saw eight other apprehensive folk that appeared to be in the same boat as ourselves.  Morag and I were delighted to see crash mats out – the coaches were obviously used to complete novices/disasters.

Gayle, from Gold Medal Bodies, was our fantastic instructor.  Once the warm up was completed the practice exercises started (involving sucking up your pelvic floor in order to move your legs further over your head as we lay on our backs, although we were to imagine it was like sucking up a malteser – now I don’t know what some folk do in their spare time but that was not something I had contemplated before!). We then spent the next 2.5hrs preparing for the two handstands we were about to complete AND NO CRASH MATS WERE EVER USED.

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We each took a turn and couldn’t believe what an immense feeling it was to do it.  When you hit the point of perfect balance you experienced incredible lightness drawing you up.  My fear of breaking my neck, or any other part of me, had gone.  I had finally accomplished something I thought I could never do.

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Actually, anything is possible, you just have to want to do it.  The skills that I have been taught have opened up a whole new dimension to my training – which is fun and truly satisfying to accomplish.

Sam x