You CAN Human Flag. Here’s How.
This complete human flag workout with calisthenics beginner to advanced progressions will help you build the strength needed to achieve a human flag.
How to Train for the Human Flag
Self-Taught Calisthenics Girl
Welcome, my name is Summerfunfitness. I am a self-taught calisthenics woman with no gymnastics background. When I started calisthenics, I couldn’t even do one pull-up.
Now, I’m on a mission to help other adults learn how to easily incorporate calisthenics so they can be fit and mobile regardless of their ability to access a gym.
Focus on the Basics
80% of my training is focused on improving my fundamental calisthenics strength such as core control, scapular mobility/stability, dips, pull-ups, push-ups and squats. This training style has allowed me to maintain a decent human flag without directly training for it.
Working on the basics will tremendously improve your human flag skills (and all calisthenics skills).
How to Train for the Human Flag without a Pole
To improve your human flag without directly working on it (say you don’t have access to a pole or a ladder), focus on training your shoulder mobility, core control and straight arm pushing/pulling strength.
Complete Human Flag Workout
Part 1: Human Flag Activation Drills
If time allows, I recommend starting with 5-10 minutes of cardio to elevate your body temperature and get you focused on the workout.
Part 2: Human Flag Strength Training
Vertical Flag Holds
Find a stable position, then hold for 10-20 seconds, 4 sets, 90 sec rest
How to Get into a Human Flag
Advanced: Lift into it from an upright flag hold
Intermediate: Kick into it
Beginner: Climb into it, then lower slowly to build up strength
Human Flag Holds
Choose the hardest leg variation you can perform for the first few sets. As you get tired, regress to an easier variation. Example: Full flag to straddle flag or straddle to tuck
Omit if beginner.8 holds (both sides), aim for 5-8 seconds, rest 2 minutes
Aim for 10 seconds; if you can’t make the full 10 seconds moving, then hold at the bottom position for the remainder of the time. 5 sets, rest as needed (at least 90 seconds)
Part 3: Core Workout for Human Flags
Part 4: Cool Down
I must say that filming this video was quite fun (albeit painful). It showed me that I have some significant imbalances from side to side. Going into the future, I will incorporate this human flag workout weekly to fix the imbalances between my right and left sides.
Now that you have the tools to learn how to human flag, it’s time to get started. Schedule in this workout 2x per week for the next 5 weeks. You got this! Don’t forget to download the workout for easy reference. I can’t wait to see your progress!