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Readers Respond: Tips for Splits Training

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Yes, Anything Is Possible.

For those of you wondering if you are too old for splits, my answer is a simple "no". You are never too old. It is certainly true, however, that after a certain age it becomes much, much harder to get a "full" split (notice, I said "harder",but not "impossible"). In order to get a full split, you must work hard at it. You must also eliminate the words "cannot" and "unable" from your vocabulary, part of this is having the mindset of knowing you will make it. Try to get an inch closer to the floor a week (not a day). In a month, you will be four inches closer, and in less then a year (assumeing that you have any flexibility at all at the start), you will have a full split, left, right, and center. To stretch it is pretty simple, for side, go to a wall, place your butt on it, then slowly spread your legs apart, lower until it hurts slightly, hold for twenty seconds, then stop. Disclaimer, the author is not responsible for any injuries that result after following the above.
—Guest Maleballetdancer

The answer to your split problems ;)

My jazz teacher taught us how to do splits. OK, lay on your back and take your right knee to your chest for about 1-2 minutes, then let it fall to youe side. Then bring it back to your chest and square it off. (knee to your chest and leg in the air, foot flex, and hold your foot) You do this for about 1-2 minutes. Then you extend your leg and try to bring it to your noes. (Don't hold the back of your knee when you're doing this!) Also, make sure your other leg is on the ground at all times. Repeat this a couple times and slide into your right split. I'm definitely not all that flexible, and I could never do a split! But this really works, and I can do a split on both sides ! :D I hope this helped.
—Guest Beckkyy

Split work...guys especially

It took me exactly 2 months and 15 days to have only the right split completely down...and I'm a eighteen-year-old guy actually doing this (which makes things much harder!) Stretch right after you wake up, sometime in the afternoon, and right before you sleep at night. I would use pillows because I think this would feel more comfortable.
—Guest You Need Guts to Do THIS >.

NEED HELP WITH DOING THE SPLITS????

Well the 1st thing you need to know is that you need to stretch every day for at least an hour.... and after 3-5 weeks you will be able to do the splits.
—Guest luvie

10 Years of Experience

I have been dancing for ten years. I have had my splits for 9 years of the ten. I recomend strecthing for at least 20 minutes a night, and sliding down into all the splits every night. If you try hard every night, by the end of four weeks people will be jealous of your amazing flexiblity.
—Guest Kayla

Suggestions

If you usually don't stretch that much I would start doing basic stretches at least once a day and slowly making them harder, but I wouldn't actually TRY doing splits until after at least 6 months of stretching a lot because I've been in dance for 6 years and we stretch a lot and when I first tried doing my splits I pulled a muscle in my thigh and I couldn't dance for at least a month and it pretty much started me all over on my stretching.
—Guest Tara

Right and Left Splits

i have my right and left splits and what really helps is starting your split from a deep lunge. (if you're doing your right split have your right leg bent in the lunge, and vice versa)once you're in the lunge push back into your split, keeping your front foot in the same place and straightening your front leg. also, once you have your splits try putting your back foot on demi pointe while your in the splits for an "oversplit". hope i helped!!
—Guest capadancer

Stretch Every Day!

If you would like to get your front or straddle splits, or improve on the ones you already have, try to stretch every day. Stretching can be fun, but it should also be a bit challenging. Begin each stretching session with easy and gentle stretches. Never stretch to the point of pain.
—emilyballetdancer

My Personal Secret for Splits

well,atually before i go to my ballet class i do lots of exersices .1)buttrfly streches 2)30 seconds to warm up my legs,to strech my rigt and my left leg.3)touching your toes 4)puting your feet in your head 5)try to roll your rear end back and forth a little and sit as far as possible in your stradle. do everything in this position. homework, tv everything. also get a friend to pull you foward by your arms while you are in stradle. this really helpes 6)do splits again and again and stay for 2 minutes...but the most thing is to do streching exersices in your class with your teacher, me i do 4 times per week ballet about 1 hour and 20 minutes and i have perfect splits i do it all.if you have questions tell to me
—Guest emily ballet dancer

Amazing Splits!!!

hey i have my right left center and elbow splits and it took me about a year to get them all. for your center (or stradle) try to roll your rear end back and forth a little and sit as far as possible in your stradle. do everything in this position. homework, tv everything. also get a friend to pull you foward by your arms while you are in stradle. this really helped me. go as far as you can into your center and hold it for about 30 seconds also strech right before bed along with once or twice during the day. stand with your legs about two feet apart and bend as far as you can down between your legs and pull yourself with your legs. turn to your right leg and to your left as well. this should help.
—kclalaxoxo

My Hints for Splits

stretch twice a day, touching your toes, do butterfly stetches (putting your feet together, pulling your legs towards the groin area)touching your toes whilst sitting down, you should get the splits down in 3 or 4 weeks.
—Guest Megan Fotheringhame

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