Is the One-Arm Handstand Push-Up really even possible?

convict conditioning one arm handstand pushup

Make no mistake. The One-Arm Handstand Push-Up is possible.

But it even took the mastermind behind Convict Conditioning years to master. Paul Wade spent 19 years in prison, and early on set out to develop superhuman strength through bodyweight training. But it didn’t happen overnight. If you really want to achieve the kind of muscle strength, coordination, and balance to pull off the One-Arm Handstand Push-Up, you’ve got to really want it. And you’ve got to be willing to pay the price to get there.

Get Your Mind Right

Getting your mind right that you can even achieve this remarkable feat is a good place to start. You’ve got to understand that it can take months, if not years, of training, patience, conditioning and practice to master the One-Arm Handstand Push-Up. And if that doesn’t deter you, you’re headed in the right direction.


convict conditioning one arm handstand pushup

convict conditioning one arm handstand pushup

It’s important to note that your journey with Conviction Conditioning is about a lot more than impressing your friends at a party with a strongman move. If you’re truly committed to following Paul Wade’s program and dedicated to mastering each progression series of the Big Six, you’ll achieve some amazing benefits along the way that are far more important than a few reps of the  One-Arm Handstand Push-Up.


Enjoy the Journey to Achieve Super Human Strength

Convict Conditioning will help you develop incredible muscle strength and endurance. You’ll get stronger and more coordinated as you advance through each progression series. Stack that up with three square meals a day, and you’ll also develop lean muscle tissue that will change your body composition. Before long you’ll be looking in the mirror and feeling pretty badass about your body and what you’ve achieved through body weight training. That’s the big picture. Check out the Big Six Benefits of Convict Conditioning. If you’re really serious about testing your limits, you’ll do whatever it takes to muscle your way through a couple reps of the One-Arm Handstand Push-Up, even it takes months or years.


Think of it like this. When the legendary mountaineer George Mallory decided to climb Mount Everest, 29,029 feet above sea level, most people thought it was impossible. But that didn’t matter to him. At 37 years old, he had been rock climbing and bagging mountain peaks for 24 years. He got his first taste for climbing in the Swiss Alps when he was just 13 years old. That was the starting point for a lifetime pursuit of climbing mountains and personal drive to be stronger and faster with every ascent. And even at the peak of his climbing career, Mallory recognized that Everest was just another conquest along a path filled with smaller, and just as important achievements. When he was asked why he was going to try and climb the tallest mountain in the world, he simply said, “Because it’s there.”


All Things Are Possible

It takes time to do something as monumental as reaching the summit of Everest. And it takes time to develop the kind of muscle strength and endurance, balance, and coordination to pull off the One-Arm Handstand Push-Up. But it’s worth it if you really want it. Ask anyone who has finished a marathon, climbed a mountain peak, bicycled 100-plus miles in a day, or reached the pinnacle of their career after years of hard work. And they’ll all tell you their success was in the journey.

Paul Wade mastered the One-Arm Handstand Push-Up, and so have a few others. And at least a few dudes are so hungry for the One-Arm Handstand Push-Up, they’ll no doubt get there with a little more work. If you really want it, go for it…one progression series at a time.

“The best advice really isn’t training advice,” Paul Wade said in an interview with founder Alex Zinchenko. “It’s about perspective. Approaching a One-Arm Handstand Push-Up is kinda like approaching a 500 pound bench press. It’s an elite strength feat. If you want to do it, raw and drug-free, you can. But it is gonna take years and years of solid, focused work.”

The One-Arm Handstand is Possible. These guys are so close, you’ll be cheering them on when you watch these videos. And you might just realize that if they can do it, so can you:


Do you want to develop inhuman strenght as these guys? Paul Wade’s Convict Conditioning system represents the ultimate distillation of hardcore prison bodyweight training’s most powerful methods. You can pick up your book here, but if you are really serious we suggest that you consider getting the DVD on the Pushup Series!

convict conditioning dvd series

convict conditioning dvd series

Paul Wade’s Convict Conditioning Prison Pushup Series explodes out of the cellblock to teach you in absolute detail how to progress from the ease of a simple wall pushup—to the stunning “1-in-10,000” achievement of the prison-style one-arm pushup. Ten progressive steps guide you to pushup mastery. Do it—and become a Pushup God.


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Jeff Cowan

Professional trainer, ex cross-fitter and a long time calisthenic practitioner. Started with Convict Conditioning and developed levels of strength which led him to street workouts championships. Jeff writes about everything calisthenics focusing on control development, skill progression as well as injuries (as he got a few). He would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have.

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