The 40-year-old personal trainer was broken after breaking up with his seven-year-old partner. He claimed that he cured his depression by doing HANDSTANDS for up to five hours a day
- Steve Pilot was devastated after breaking up with his seven-year-old partner in 2015
- Inspired after seeing the Victorian image of a circus performer balancing on his hands
- Steve who lives in Bangkok tried it and found it numbed his mental agony
A heartbroken personal trainer claims he cured his depression by doing handstands for up to five hours a day.
The 40-year-old former German special forces paratrooper Steve Pilot was devastated after breaking up with his seven-year-old partner in 2015.
He tried everything from yoga to martial arts to distract himself from the loss. Later that year he saw a Victorian picture of a circus performer balancing on his hands and was determined to learn more.
This inspired the German citizen who now lives in Bangkok, Thailand to give it a try. He found that it instantly “numbed” the mental agony he had felt all the time because he only had to focus on balancing his body.
40-year-old personal trainer Steve Pilot claims he cured his depression by doing handstands for up to five hours a day
Steve found that the handstands instantly “numbed” the mental agony he’d felt after breaking up with his partner because he had to focus solely on balancing his body
He said to FEMAIL: “I had to numb the pain because I was really upside down. I couldn’t escape this thought.
“When you miss or lose someone you have been close to for years, you are in a negative place and handstands have really helped.
“Handstands make a numb feeling – all the blood flows from my feet into my head.
“It completely changed my life – these mobility requirements changed my training. I practice handstands for up to two hours every morning.
Steve currently works as a vegan personal trainer, author and fitness trainer in Bangkok
“I’ll be back in the gym from 6 to 9 p.m. and do three hours of handstands. I have no rest days and only had 10 days off this year. ‘
Steve currently works as a vegan personal trainer, author and fitness trainer in Bangkok.
He said that before he started doing handstands, his whole body was “very stiff and tight”.
“I couldn’t even touch my toes. Now I can do the splits and the pancake move, ”Steve said.
“Handstands numb your mind so you can have a moment of silence and focus on breathing techniques. Anything else will throw you off balance.
Steve shared how handstands “numb your mind so you can have a moment of silence and focus on breathing techniques.”
“Your body is completely in line, your core is locked, and your knees are locked. The key component in handstands is mobility and flexibility.
“I wasted a year or two of my life because I didn’t know that everything is easier with more freedom of movement.”
Steve has been in the gym for 27 years and started lifting weights when he was 13.
Steve completed his engineering degree in 2000 and joined the German army, where he ended up in their special forces.
Steve stated that before he started doing handstands, his whole body was “very stiff and tight”.
After two years of service, Steve went to study for a masters degree in automotive engineering before getting the travel bug.
Over the next decade, he visited more than 80 countries on seven continents before deciding to settle in Bangkok, Thailand, where he has been since 2010.
Living in Southeast Asia prompted Steve to pursue a career in fitness and nutrition.
He became a vegan by the time he moved to Bangkok and has since received certifications in fitness, nutrition and sports medicine.
Steve is now sharing his fitness tips and personal journey Instagram and his website stevepilotfitness.com