June 15, 2021

Nottingham Trent University Dissertation Suggests Standardized HSPU Hand Width Double Penalizes Taller Athletes

Credit: CrossFit LLC No other movement standard in CrossFit has been tinkered with as much…

Credit: CrossFit LLC

No other movement standard in CrossFit has been tinkered with as much as the handstand push-up — arguably the most controversial movement in the sport — especially during the CrossFit Open. 

  •  Remember five-time CrossFit Games athlete Jacob Heppner, who famously took to Instagram challenging the Open standard in 2018, and proceeded to do full fist handstand push-ups just to get his heels over the tape line on the wall?
  • This is why Dr. Athalie Redwood-Mills a long time member at CrossFit Deviant in Derby, UK, didn’t hesitate when an exercise science student of hers at Nottingham Trent University proposed he write his dissertation on hand width and the handstand push-up standard in CrossFit. 

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