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Open Front Split Into True Front Split

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Whenever I meet people, I can be sure there will be stretching and flexibility questions coming my way. One question that comes up often had to do with the front split. Actually with the front Split(s). How do I "Convert" my Open (Turned Out) Front Split into the True (Squared) Front Split? Of course one of the answers is we have a program for that. Dahhh. But in this article I would like to get a bit deeper. So what is missing? Why can someone do this split:   ...and not this split:   The answer is found in one...

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Want to be flexible? Sometimes you need to go beyond stretching the muscle

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In this article we'll talk about a very unique stretching technique called ~Harmony~ (the ~Name~ in between tildes "~     ~" indicates a Zaichik Stretching Technique ZST). A Unique Technique To be fair each ZST is unique because they are structured to go against the line of pull of a specific muscle, while positioning the body to move the target and leverage with least resistance. However ~Harmony~ does something other ZST does not do. It's not purely a muscle stretch.  Here is what ~Harmony~ looks like The articulation of the ankle is leveraged against the hip joint. If you know...

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True Front vs Open Front Splits

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"Everyone who can do a squared Front Split, can also do the one with the Turn Out. " It's a common assumption, but it's not always true. In practice, some people can only do the True (Squared) Front Split. Other People can only do the Open (Turned Out) Front Split. Some can do neither and some can do both. The flexibility requirement is different for each split, in terms of individual muscle groups. (In the Online Splits Certification Seminar, we actually have one of the Case Study Classes, showing how to adjust and convert one of the splits into the...

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The Symbiosis of Strength and Flexibility

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The Symbiosis of Strength and Flexibility - they help each other survive, grow and prosper. A flexible athlete can produce more force and a strong athlete becomes flexible faster. Any Dancer, Martial Artist, Gymnast and any other athlete knows this. The list extends to swimmers, javelin throwers, baseball pitchers, and the list goes on and on. However we are here at EasyFlexibility to talk about Flexibility training, and the best way to develop it, keep it and use it. Everyone who trains EasyFlexibility knows by now that adding strength exercises to stretching, hastens the results, protects form injury, etc. A...

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Strength in Flexibility: Turnout

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“TURN OUT!” may be the most commonly heard phrase wafting out of dance classes around the world. A 180-degree turnout is one of the most desired positions in the ballet world. For centuries dancers have worked to create the perfect line, molding their bodies to perfection. It is no surprise that these artists are considered some of the best athletes in the world, oftentimes working to the extremes. Unfortunately, not many dancers are naturally born with this rotation. A handful of beginner students, until properly trained, tend to emulate the “perfect turnout” by wrenching their knees outward. Of course, this...

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