Handstands and muscle ups are without a doubt two very impressive movement skills that require tremendous strength and plenty of practice.
It may appear to come easy to some, but those few individuals that pull off a handstand, or a muscle up, with seemingly relative ease have a solid background in movement and a lifetime of practice.
I am convinced that human movement, in fact, that the entire human bio-mechanics, has evolved around three primary movements. Let me illustrate my point with a visual example!
Imagine the primeval hunter.
Laying low in tall grass, keeping himself inches above ground, stalking his prey.
Bending, twisting and pushing his body quietly ever closer toward his target.
Ready to leap to his feet, to get up, and strike at the critical moment.
Occasionally the hunter became the hunted and needed to pull himself up to safety.
As it is said in the Zurkhaneh: Come be strong if your way is of the world. Because in the order of nature the weak are trampled upon.
There are of course a host of other bio-mechanic accessory movements, such as bending, rolling, rotating, overhead strength etc.
My point is that: 1. Pushing i.e. push-ups, 2. Getting up i.e. deep knee bends / squatting, and 3. Pulling i.e. pull-ups either with Meel or on their own, are the primal movement skills and make the foundation of functional strength on which everything else, in terms of movement, has evolved from.
I hope that you noticed the absence of the necessity to stand on ones hands!
So I propose that your strength practice should be centered around producing good quality movement with strength throughout the range of motion in these natural, and ultra functional, movement skills.
There is far greater value to be derived (arguably with positive spillover effects on the mind and spirit) by focusing our limited time and energy on developing and enhancing the ordinary and primal movements, that our bodies have, through evolution, been designed to perform, rather than on the spectacular.
I have too often encountered practitioners and enthusiasts who are lacking in their ability to perform the ordinary, but are in pursuit of the extraordinary and the extravagant. Sometimes even in spite of existing injuries and deficiencies, just to get to that handstand.
Don't be one of them! Don't buy into the illusion that you need to be doing these movements to be strong and a good mover.
Similar to the rule of the pinky, if you're not able to do the primary movements WELL then it's prudent to take a step back.
In fact, health; quality movement and strength should be your guiding principles and not an extravagant display of the extraordinary...unless that's your thing of course.
Full, fluid, smooth movement and graceful strength is achievable and maintainable regardless of age by anyone, as displayed in the Zurkhaneh, not just by mystical martial art masters.
The benefits from the awareness and presence of the strength to push yourself up; to get up; to stand proud; to be able to control your own body and your own self, with grace and fluidity, has ramifications beyond just the physical.
These primal movements allow you to be closer to the truth that your body has evolved for.
A truth that has deep cognitive implications and qualities that will uplift your spirit.