Want Great Splits? (Gymnastics Stretches to Improve Flex)

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There's a lot more tips that wouldn't fit into the montage that I'm going to put in here wh...
There's a lot more tips that wouldn't fit into the montage that I'm going to put in here which will help maximise the stretches. Every stretch demo'd is shown very briefly, in reality warm up stretches need to be held for at least 10 seconds, and the actual stetches used to increase flex need to be held a minimum of 15 seconds (30-60 seconds would be best). This allows the muscles and brain time to work together to lengthen the muscle therefore increasing flexibility.

THE WARM UP:This is very very important. No matter how flexible you are always warm up before stretching, and don't stretch cold muscles. In the straddle stretch, keep knees facing the roof, don't let them turn in. When doing reverse lunge do not sit your bottom on yours heels, keep it raised like demonstrated. Point and flex is great for warming up the ankles as well as working on the toe point.

FRONT SPLITS: The section includes a lot of hamstring stetches. The aim is to keep the back as flat as possible, don't round it just to make it look like you're able to goo down further. The beam stretch uses a technique where you contract the muscles whilst they are stretched to the fullest, which causes the muscles fibers to lengthen. This technique can be used when your being pushed down for any stretch, simple push back against that force for around five seconds at a time.

MIDDLE SPLITS: When doing the partner stretch, the two people pushing must have one foot at or above the knee and one around the ankle. Do not push from below the knee only, this can really strain the knee joint. For pancakes, move into straddle and keep as low to the floor as possible!!! These are best done slowly.

Remember that flexibility is a gradual skill, it won't just suddenly appear. Know your boundaries, and if something is very painful or doesn't feel right, STOP. You should feel a deep stretch, not pain,so take it slow. Flexibility disappears just like it appears so stretch as often as possible, everyday if you're able, but 4-5 times a week is good.

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