Sat, Apr 02



AFUK - 4h Workshop with Mikkel Schleicher

*Infomercial music starts* Is learning to stand on your hands something you have been dreaming about for years? How about doing splits as Jean-Claude Van Damme used to in the 80’s? Look no further! *Infomercial music ends*

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AFUK - 4h Workshop with Mikkel Schleicher

Time & Location

Apr 02, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM

AFUK, Enghavevej 82 B, 2450 København, Denmark

About the Event

Now, in all seriousness, this is what you can expect from our workshop.

The aim of the flexibility work will be to give you the tools to build a practice that supports and benefits your handstand training and development. We will be focusing on areas most relevant for handstands which are arguably wrists, shoulders, and hips.

During the handstand work, we will uncover the foundations of the handstand skill and the handstand practice. You will experience a toolkit of exercises that you will be able to apply to your own practice, in the direction of goals such as a free handstand, the handstand press, and the one-arm handstand.

Keep reading for more information about us and details about the content of the workshop!


The price for the event is as follows:

- 1000kr for a single ticket

- 800kr if you bring a friend and buy two tickets together!

*There is an Early Bird 20% discount that will expire on Monday the 21st of April*

*There is an extra discount for AFUK friends. Contact us to get it*



What to expect from the flexibility work in more detail:

We will be diving into different methods and protocols that can be used to develop flexibility. We will be focusing on active flexibility drills and building strength alongside flexibility. Apart from making the flexibility more useful for your handstands, training flexibility in this way might have some extra benefits:

- It requires fewer training sessions pr. week compared to passive stretching.

- Improvements in flexibility seem to be maintained longer, even if you stop training it.

- It allows for more movement options, as building strength in the stretched position will also give you more options in regards to using your range of motion.

In the end, we will discuss and give examples on how to structure your flexibility training around your handstand practice.

What to expect from the handstand work in more detail:

We will be explaining the relevant mechanisms of the body that make it possible to stand on our hands (or hand!), and some of the most effective and efficient ways to develop the different aspects of the handstand skill.

We will focus on specific foundational exercises as well as a way to approach your practice from a structural and methodological point of view that can serve as a guideline for your own practice.

Some of the benefits that can come from this part of the workshop are:

- Understanding the purpose of handstand specific exercises.

- Gaining awareness of where you are in your handstand journey and the steps that should follow.

- Faster development during the following months of your practice.

- Important queues and advice in the way you perform exercises and how you structure your practice.


About us:

Mikkel’s and Andrés’ journey into handstands and flexibility shares a similar origin and development before crossing paths in quite a magnificent way.

Mikkel, originally from the small town of Skørping, started his flexibility and handstand practice in 2015. After finishing his BSc in sports science he attended the Contemporary Circus education offered at AFUK, the circus school of Copenhagen for a year, before completing his MSc in sports science, writing a master thesis comparing the effects of stretching and strength training on flexibility.

Today he works full time as a teacher, coach, and personal trainer with a holistic and interdisciplinary approach.

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Born in Venezuela but raised in Spain, Andrés' handbalancing journey started in 2013 while studying a BSc in sports science. His self-taught practice led him to discover the contemporary circus-style of handbalancing, which eventually resulted in him applying and joining also the Contemporary Circus education offered at AFUK.

Today he is committed to adding value to the handstand and circus community and is involved in the local scene of Rotterdam, teaching at the Bachelor of Contemporary Circus Arts at ACaPA as well as at workshops in studios and fitness centers.

AFUK was the nexus that connected Mikkel and Andrés. They have been working together for three years developing theoretical and practical courses in the context of theory of training, nutrition, and recovery. Now, they are expanding their collaboration to the area of handstands and flexibility.

In this way, their teaching merges the best of their academic background and scientific evidence with their circus and coaching experience as well as the several years of accumulated own practice.

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