Proper way to stretch your way into a split?

fascination

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if the knee area needs to be strengthened I might consider going backwards on the elliptical as well...which builds and stabilizes the area around the knee
 

fascination

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the elliptical is a machine....usually people walk in a forward motion on it...but you can walk in a backward motion on it...and that will help to reinforce the knee
 

Aura

Active Member
Thanks for answering my numerous questions, Sam. I've been carefully trying pulsing (i.e. relaxation and contraction whilst stretching) when I do my stretches, and I'm pleased to say that I can see a noticeable difference, especially in the time it takes to get my muscles ready to go down into my splits. Update: I just got my right splits. Yay! It's definitely not as good as my left, but its there.
 

samina

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Glad to hear it, Aura!

I'm currently using the same pulsing/active technique to regain my flexibility in a number of areas. I can't imagine doing it any other way, at this point.
 

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