Hi, I'm Kari Pearce. I'm a personal trainer at the New York Health and Racquet Club. I'm going to show you how to stay in a handstand. It's important to be able to hold a handstand position in gymnastics because it is an essential move on many of the events, including floor, beam, bars, and vault. You must have good shoulder and hip flexibility in order to do a handstand. It's also important to have good shoulder strength and core strength. To do a handstand start with one foot in front of the other, your arms up by your ears. You will then drive your back leg up as you are moving your hands closer to the floor. When your hands touch the floor the second leg will come off the floor and you will be in a handstand position. It's important to push nice and tall. You must keep in mind that you are using your hands to help you balance. When you start to fall forward use your fingers, when you start falling backwards use your palms. Another way to help hold your handstand is by doing a headstand. This will get you familiar with the inverted position. Make yourself comfortable in the headstand position. Make sure you can hold it for at least 30 seconds before attempting to hold a handstand. Another way to help stay in a handstand is by holding it on a wall. When you get yourself comfortable with holding on a wall for 30 seconds, or maybe even a minute, then you can try holding away from a wall.