Firstly, the standard Pulsing Rep error:
YOUR EASY POSITION ISN'T EASY ENOUGH -- This is the main one when doing these for pulsing reps; We need a real contrast between the two moves.
Plus, all the standard Bent-Arm Handstand errors from Month 2 apply:
YOU BEND YOUR ARMS – if you’re not strong enough, or not used to straight-arm strength training, your arms will rotate and bend – your biceps will spin inwards and your elbows will bend. To fix it: be mindful, watch your elbows so you can see that they don’t budge, not even a centimeter, and back off slightly. If you can’t come off the floor without your arms bending, don’t (not often, you might want to do it occasionally to have a good time). Try only putting 80% of your body weight into the drill for now, then ease closer to the real thing when you get stronger.
YOUR ARSE TRIES TO ESCAPE — When prompted to lean forward and get your shoulders past your hands, you’ll find you need a helluva-lot-a shoulder and tricep strength. If you’re not blessed with such qualities just yet, you might find that as you attempt to lean, you won’t get much lean at all, meanwhile, your arse will have tried to escape upwards and away. Naughty. The fix: get stronger, check your wrist flexibility and find a special friend willing to keep an eye on your arse. Oh, and be patient -- these moves are hard and take time to master.
YOUR WRISTS HURT – this is common. Try turning your hands out. If that still hurts, both work carefully on your wrist strength and flexibility, and perhaps practice on some parrallettes. Then, just be patient and build up slowly, wrists can take time to adapt, but they will.
YOU CAN’T GET IT UP – this getting both feet off the floor thing, that IS the challenge, and it’s TOUGH! So don’t underestimate it. If you’re heavy (good or bad heavy) the Tuck Planche is still a good exercise, but you may well find it harder to get airborne. Keep working at it and respect the challenge. Some people will master these quickly, others will take months or years. Keep it as a long-term goal and don’t injure yourself being too ambitious too quickly.
YOU FALL FORWARD – as you get good at these, you’ll probably progress to leaning forwards a little. If you lose focus or strength though, you’re going to fall forward. Especially if your hands aren’t straight. If this happens to you when you’re just learning, accept that you need to develop more strength. At first, it’s not about leaning, it’s about sucking the knees up and pushing the floor away.
YOU JUMP INTO IT – this happens all the time. You don’t seem to be able to ‘suck’ your feet off the floor. So you sort-of jump into it, hoping you have the strength to hold it once you get there. It ain’t happening though. Sadly. Don’t let that be you. Rather, be patient, respect the challenge and earn the right to do it with strength.
YOUR SHOULDER BLADES DON’T PROTRACT/ YOU CAN’T HOLD THEM THERE – learning this feeling takes a lot of practice at first. Then it takes strength, where you won’t have strength if you don’t have a gymnastics background. It took me two years to learn to hold this position on a Tuck Planche. If you can’t hold position, the fix is simple: Practice without as much weight (don’t lean forwards or try to come off the floor); learn the feel of it, then spend time building strength in a perfect position before you try to leave the floor.
YOUR ANKLES HURT – if you cannot put a high percentage of your body-weight on your hands with this drill, you might feel your ankles hurting–especially if you’re a little tight down the front of the shin. It’s no problem. The Fix: get stronger so you can put more weight forward! In the meantime, dig your toes in to keep your feet in a more comfortable position.
IT’S ALL LEGS! – not sure what’s working? But bloomin’ 'eck the front of your thighs are killing? Well, sadly my friend, you just completed one hell of a squat session or you’re not strong enough in the upper body so your legs are having to work too hard to help. The Fix: either leave your knees down on the floor and focus on your upper body, or use other exercises until you are ready, OR just ignore it, but practice dilligently until you no longer feel the legs and can shift more weight forwards.