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Following a recent entry on handstand pushups (here), I’ve had a few questions come in about the possibility of larger athletes performing them. Within the original tutorial, I mentioned Paul Anderson performing the exercise, but it appears that many are not familiar with his name.
If you haven’t heard of Paul Anderson before, an abbreviated description would be strength legend. The video below captures some classic footage of him. Handstand pushups can be seen around the 1:10 mark.
Another strength legend known to perform the exercise was Doug Hepburn. Like Paul Anderson, he’s been mentioned on this blog before (see here).
Yet another heavyweight example comes from no other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. He too was a fan of the exercise.
In summary, don’t use size as an excuse to shy away from handstand pushups. Working with a larger body only makes the exercise more challenging. Typically, our goal is to work with challenging exercises so added size can be viewed as a plus.
Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. – Theodore N. Vail10 comments