An inverted gymnastics control skill performed by supporting the body on both hands, with the arms straight and the body vertical. It is a core gymnastics skill and used or passed through on every gymnastics event. Performing a solid handstand requires above-average upper body strength. In a proper handstand, the legs are together, but there are a large variety of optional leg positions used on floor and beam.
A handstand is the act of standing erect, but upside down, with one's hands on the ground and feet in the air. The basic handstand has legs extended vertically with no knee bend, hands roughly shoulder-width apart, and head facing forward, but there are numerous variations. Performing a handstand requires good upper body strength.