General Dance Discussion > Who here can do the splits?

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by Boynextdoor, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. alemana

    alemana New Member

    i had been getting quite close to really nailing a split until about 6 weeks ago when a back problem started messing with my workouts. time to get back on the wagon.
  2. jenibelle

    jenibelle New Member

    Grrr...I want to say yes but...why is that last inch so hard????
  3. chandra

    chandra New Member

    Try stretching over splits, sometimes I find that when people stretch just splits, there are some things that... OK, Im having issues describing... Just try stretching oversplits first, especcially straddle (middle) splits. See what happens, cant hurt.
  4. diputs

    diputs New Member

    Hurts like mad to me! OK, it's not bad pain, but it hurts.
  5. jenibelle

    jenibelle New Member

    Sounds like fun.....*grins wickedly*
    Now can you tell me how to stretch oversplits? (Both front and side)


  6. diputs

    diputs New Member

    Just put one leg up on something. Like a foam roller. or a chair

  7. chandra

    chandra New Member

    yeah... Keep your hips square and stuff.

    Straddle, you can put your feet on books then pancake
  8. diputs

    diputs New Member

    Contortionists scare me!

  9. jenibelle

    jenibelle New Member

    Ouch! I better warm up reeeeeally well before that one.
    How about the other way (middle splits) ? Same thing?
  10. diputs

    diputs New Member

    Yep, just do one foot raised, then switch sides. Until you can do both.
  11. chandra

    chandra New Member

    middle= pancake with your feet on books
    A pancake is touching your stomach to the ground in center splits...
  12. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    A question: has anyone learned how to do splits as an adult? I used to be able to do them when I was a kid, but now the best I an manage is 135degrees on sideways splits, and forward splits are not working at all.
  13. jenibelle

    jenibelle New Member

    Sorry for all these questions; when you do the straddle splits, the knees are supposed to face directly towards the ceiling, right? That's what I thought but I saw my friend stretching and her knees were a bit off, but she was able to do the full pancake, and my pancake isn't quite there yet...
  14. jenibelle

    jenibelle New Member

    BTW, I've seen people learn splits as an adult; it takes a bit longer than when you're really young but it's definitely possible.
  15. Boynextdoor

    Boynextdoor New Member

    I can ALMOST one of those pancake things... My legs are not straight out, more of a v shape, but I am getting there!
  16. chandra

    chandra New Member


    SHe can prolly do the full pancake cause she is cheating ;)
  17. wyllo

    wyllo New Member

    Yep, I stretched my way to the splits a couple of years ago when I was 25. It was relatively painless -- daily stretching for 6 months or so. Oddly enough, I find that I am more flexible now than when I was a child. I couldn't even touch my toes until college! I have a hunch it has to do with a lack of strength since my increased flexibility coincides with dancing/pilates. Just remember that stretching is sometimes uncomfortable, but should never be painful!
  18. ki2AY

    ki2AY New Member

    lol not me

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