How can I become more flexible, and be able to do the splits and the scorpion?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Stretch, stretch and stretch.

    Becoming flexible takes a lot of practice and time - it took me about 2-3 years of stretching almost every day to be able to do the splits (and even now I still can't always get all the way down on my bad leg!). But I'm not naturally flexible at all, so it could take you anywhere between a few months (weeks if you're really naturally flexible) and a few years to get your splits.

    It's important that you stretch close to every day to build up your flexibility. Just don't overdo it and make sure you ALWAYS warm up before you stretch - jog, jump on the spot for a bit, run around, and do anything else to get your blood pumping. Start off with gentle, easy stretches (quad stretches, touching your toes, etc.) so you can slowly ease into doing the hard stuff. Never try to go into your splits when you haven't done other stretches and warm ups beforehand.

    Also, make sure you stretch different areas of your body - don't just stretch your splits. To be able to do a good 'scorpion' (we call it 'biellmann' in figure skating) you need flexible legs, back, arms and shoulders, so you need to stretch all those areas. Another tip - don't only stretch your 'good side'. It's also a good idea to do what I call 'counter-stretches'. This means that, for example, when you stretch your back backwards, you should then lean forwards and touch your toes. This counters the stretch and helps prevent you from straining your muscles. With most stretches, this is just done by stretching both sides equally.

    Here are some helpful videos (mostly figure skating related stretches but they'll still improve your general flexibility):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcqfU3KAeNQ

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq1C2q9Gh98

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wbq0hEC9sg

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNryiSIyQUw

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    And remember, ALWAYS WARM UP BEFORE YOU STRETCH. And, over TIME, not overnight. I can't stress how important this is - if you don't warm up, or if you overstretch, you'll probably set yourself back a good few months with a pulled muscle. Patience is everything!

    Good luck! :)

    Source(s): Figure skater
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Do stretches diverse varieties of stretches.you could stay in a chop up place and stay in that place for a protracted quantity of time by using a chum.you could lay on your decrease back and have a chum help push forward considered one of your legs on your face. Lunges can help flexibility .stay in a lunge place for a protracted quantity of time.Stretching will grant help to get greater versatile .in case you want help doing those stretches ask a chum or somebody that can assist you you.or you could lean against a wall or something.

  • 6 years ago

    In my opinion it is easier to get a scorpion than the splits. You just need to work hard!!

    Source(s): 6 yr cheerleader
  • 9 years ago

    stretch?

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