Playlist: Let’s All Do Handstands!

I’ve officially decided handstands are queer. I mean, it’s a way of queering regular standing. And therefore we should all do some. And we should all do some to this music– some of it is circus-related, some of it’s even handstand related. Some of it is exactly how you feel while doing a handstand (Zero to Hero, Love This Pain.) And some of it is just plain good music to do handstands to.

Have you never done a handstand before? I highly recommend you learn how (but as with every other kind of dangerous exercise, consult a doctor first because I’m not one, make sure you know how to do a handstand properly, understand the risks, use mats, and take a class.) Here’s an example!

Still need convincing? Watch this amazing trainer from Equinox do a series of hand-balancing-type-things I can only dream about accomplishing! (Did I mention she’s in her underwear?! But more importantly she’s badass.)

Pro tip: the song from this video is in the playlist.


Let’s All Do Handstands!


Bruises – Chairlift
Whatever Gets You By – The Features
Circus – Brittany Spears
Up Up Up – Givers
Kalandéro – Cirque du Soleil
Midnight – Dstllry
I’ll Make A Man Out of You – Donny Osmond
Gold – Morgan O’Kane
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Zero to Hero – Hercules
Love This Pain – Lady Antebellum
All Star – Smash Mouth
Some Nights – Fun.
Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine

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  1. Oh no, we never got to do handstands together at camp!

    This playlist is hopping/just what I needed, tyty.

  2. I opened with the intention of scolding you for not putting Britney Spears “Circus” on here, but Ali, my love, I was instead delightfully surprised. Great playlist! Bruises is one of my favs.

    • You probably wouldn’t, but just in case, if you want to try it you should probably do it in a class. That way you can have an experienced spotter.

      • Thank you for the advice. Though to be fair, I’m also an uncoordinated klutz, and I get motion sickness easily, so I don’t think I’d handle being upside-down well.

  3. Um, that part where she crosses her legs while doing a handstand…I’m pretty sure that takes superpowers

  4. Not being able to do a handstand is one of my biggest regrets from childhood!! Okay not really, but I still would love to be able to do one. Time to consult the videos and listen to the inspirational music- especially the Hercules and Mulan songs!

  5. This is playlist perfection! absolutely fitting my mood…. even though i am firmly planted in bed haha… though i think tomorrow will be a day to attempt my first handstand since gr. 11 gym

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