Stretching for Splits

by Sam Malone


Splits are not meant only for gymnasts; but anyone can benefit from them. By doing splits you can improve your overall flexibility and are also able to live with less restrictions. It can help you look elegant when you participate in sports such as springboard diving, synchronized swimming, and gymnastics. Stretching also helps improve your mood and makes you feel better. On a lighter note, you would be able to impress your friends by doing the splits at a party or get-together. Think about the uproar you can cause.

Stretching for splits or having a stretching routine that is tailor-made to help you achieve the ability to perform splits is extremely important. If you plan on stretching for splits, here’s a split stretch routine which if regularly done, can be extremely effective.

•    Stage 1:

  • Bend your right leg in front of you.
  • Partially straighten your left leg behind.
  • Loosely hang your arms at your side. This will provide support.
  • Ensure that your hips are kept square.
  • Go as low as possible and hold this position for 15+ seconds.

•    Stage 2:

This works great for your hamstrings and prepares them for when you need to straighten them out front.

  • Kneel on your right leg.
  • Straighten your other leg in front of you.
  • Use your arms by your side for support.
  • Lean forward towards your leg which is in front by bending at your hips.
  • Ensure that your hips are kept square.
  • Go down as low as possible and hold this position for 15+ seconds.

•    Stage 3:

You’re almost there. Here’s another routine you could consider when stretching for a split

  • Bend one leg fully.
  • Then sit down on it.
  • Your other leg has to be straightened in front of you.
  • Use your hands by your side for support.
  • Lean towards your front leg by bending at your hips and go forward as far as possible.
  • Ensure that your hips are square.
  • Go down as soon as possible and hold this position for 15 seconds and more.

•    Stage 4:

When stretching for splits this is the last stage. Sometimes a beginner may not be able to go the whole way and may have to take support of their arms

  • Put one leg out toward the back and the other out front.
  • Both legs have to be straightened as much as possible.
  • Use your arms by your arms to support your body.
  • Then stretch as much as possible.
  • Keep your hips square.
  • Push as much as possible and hold the position for 15+ seconds.

You may think that stretching for splits are difficult, but there’s nothing like regular practice to help you achieve the perfect split.


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