I've been doing a lot of handstand holds on my off days and it is a lot of fun. Doing things like trying to accumulate 5 minutes in a handstand against a wall will have you feeling it the next day. This past week I tried doing some partial handstand pushups and was amazed at how much range I had. I was ablt to come down about 6 inches from the ground. I am going to keep greasing the groove on these in hopes that I can get to a full handstand push (against a wall)by Christmas. I think this is a goal for a lot of us and here is a plan to get there. This is intended to be approached as skill work on days off. There are certainly more aggressive ways to get a handstand push up but so far this has worked for me and kept it fun, relaxed and injury free.
1. Get comfortable kicking up into a handstand against a wall. 2 weeks
2. Hold the handstand for time building up to 1-2 minutes. 4 weeks.
3. Do 5-7 sets of handstand holds of 30s-1min. Rest a couple minutes between sets and stop once you have accumulated 3-5 minutes. 2 weeks.
4. GTG on partial handstand push ups (put something soft under you in case you biff it) Do multiple sets of 5 reps through out the day on your rest days. Increase ROM as you feel fit until you reach a full handstand pushup. 1-3 months. (depending on how big of a guy you are).