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TurnOut Anatomy

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

Certified Instructor Judy shows a dynamic stretching technique from the Easyflexibility system to improve your TURN OUT * It is performed in two steps which alternate and repeat ideally from 3 to 5 times. Watch the video and give it a try! Rest for a moment and do a few more sets. “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...

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Developpe Harmony

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Certified Instructor Judy shows a stretching technique from the Easyflexibility system to achieve effortless extensions, flatter splits, and lighter developpes * It is performed in two steps which alternate and repeat ideally from 3 to 5 times. Watch the video and give it a try! Rest for a moment and do a few more sets. Developpe A La Seconde is a ballet technique in extending the leg to the side. Strength, balance, control, awareness and of course flexibility are factors needed to extend the leg high, with grace. At the same time full control of the movement and holding the...

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What to do when the progress slows down or stops

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

What to do when the progress slows down or stops So what do you do when you have been getting steady progress and all suddenly your gains have slowed down or stopped? Preliminary Precautions The first thing to do is to make sure that you actually have slowed down. I have seen many cases where a person is still getting more flexible but somehow in their mind they believe that they should have been getting flexible faster and for that reason they believe they have slowed down and that may not be the case. If you believe your progress has...

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What can I do on the rest days?

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

What can I do on rest days? I get this question a lot quite a lot from people who feel that if they are not training they’re wasting their time, or not improving. So before we can talk about things you can do to enhance the recovery it's important to understand the mental aspect. Practically everyone who works out enjoys what they are doing. From an athlete to a regular person, whether it’s dance, martial arts or any type of workout, people enjoy it, and all kinds of hormones and neurotransmitters are released that make this activity very enjoyable. On...

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Supporting flexibility with strength

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

Supporting flexibility with strength How much resistance to use and how many reps to perform In the EasyFlexibility system flexibility exercises called ZST or Zaichik Stretching Techniques are supported by retention exercises. The retention exercises are broken up into two parts: strength and movement. In short, movement implies developing the ability to move in new ranges, and strength is developing strength in new ranges. This allows for injury prevention as well as retention of the flexibility you gain with each training session. The new ranges is the deeper range of motion that is received through ZST’s. Below, an example of...

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