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Which hamstrings stretching techniques should you start with?

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Which hamstrings stretching techniques should you start with? The Zaichik Stretching Techniques (ZST’s) called “Peace”, is responsible for thousands upon thousands flexible hamstrings around the world. Peace targets both the medial and the lateral hamstrings, and takes advantage of the fact that the hamstrings is a flexor of the knee and extensor of the hip, no rotation takes place when performing this ZST. It’s an important and necessary stretch for fast hamstrings flexibility. However, it’s a technique that takes a few attempts to get a feel for it and learn how to do it properly. The biggest challenge of this...

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Differences between Pectineus ZST and Tensor fascia latae ZST

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Pectineus ZST (Zaichik Stretching Technique) is often confused with the Tensor Fascia Latae ZST. The difference is not very subtle. It’s visible but amongst so many ZST’s in different positions of the body one has to understand why Tensor fascia latae ZST is different from Pectineus ZST. For reference in EasyFlexibility system Pectineus ZST is called Certainty, and Tensor fascia latae ZST is called Courage. Most muscles are flexors of the hip and for that reason there is a strong extension component, either in Target or in the Laverage. More often than not this component is used in the Target....

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which front split is more challenging?

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Most people would say that the hips squared front split is more challenging although some people would say that the open front split it more challenging. Of course everybody goes by their own personal experience and for most people the True Front Split would be more challenging but not for everyone. In my approximation about 8 out of 10 people who can do a True Front Split, can do an Open Front Split and if they can’t they can master it very quickly. On the other hand there's a lot of people who can do an Open Front Split and...

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THE PROPER WAY OF USING A YOGA STRAP TO INCREASE HAMSTRINGS FLEXIBILITY.

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When teaching hamstring flexibility techniques most Yoga teachers simply place the strap under the sole of the foot. And this is used in various positions such as sitting and supine. Strap under the sole of the foot works in Yoga but only under two conditions. Number one: The stretch is passive what is what most Yoga stretches are. Number two: The ankle is pretty tight. If the stretching technique is moving such as ZST’s are, there is a much higher chance that the strap will fly off. At the same time if the ankle is flexible the toes will be...

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Mastered the Front Split? Then Side Split Should Come Automatically!

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Once in a while people ask me this question: “Paul, you say that all the muscles stretched in a front split are also stretched in a side split (people usually mean true front split when they say front split) so, how come there are many people who can do a true front split, and yet, are not able to do a side split without training for it separately?” The reason is, when most people are able to do a true front split, the true front split that they perform is usually a deep flexibility of the front hamstrings and combined...

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