Flexibility: Keeping What You Earned – EasyFlexibility

Flexibility: Keeping What You Earned

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A large part of EasyFlexibility is keeping what you earned. Nothing is more frustrating than to go through a warm up and stretching session and see results, only to start from square one next time. For this reason we focus on retention of flexibility, just as much as its development.
Instructors taking EF certifications often come across two (at first glance) similar looking concepts. Both of them are part of retention side. Some of those techniques can be:
  1. Movement and Habituation
  2. Strength

Real quick for newbies

To retain the flexibility one has developed as the result of Zaichik Stretching techniques, we can use either Strength or Movement exercises in the newly developed ranges.

Strength Exercises are divided into 3 parts:

  • Extended Length Conditioning: Same muscle groups as were stretched
  • Antagonist Short Length Conditioning: Opposite muscles to the ones stretched
  • Peripheral Conditioning: Not agonists and not antagonists
Movement and Habituation Techniques on the other hand are more flexible and don't have to focus on a specific group of muscles, but they can.

Cossack Squats

The gray area between the two techniques is the topic of today's article. An example that I use is:
  • Performed with body only or with additional resistance: they are strength exercises.
  • Performed without much resistance and for many repetitions: they can become movement exercises.
While they don't look like any specific split, they do develop the joint position and muscles used in a Side Split.

To remove the resistance, the movement is performed laterally, without coming up. At the same time holding on to an object allows the arm to take some pressure and lighten the load of the lower body.

Quick Note

The Retention techniques are effective when there is something to retain. Zaichik Stretching exercises should proceed the retention techniques.
Do you want to learn and teach how to achieve a perfect split?
Then this could be the last possible destination for your split training and split teaching.
Why? Because everyone who uses this program starts seeing results fast. Most people progress at a rate of 10 degress a month. (Full Split is 180 degrees)

Why is the EasySplits Certification so incredibly effective?
There is no mystery. There is no guessing.

  • For each split, you know exactly what muscle you need to stretch.
  • Exactly how to stretch it.
  • How many times to do it.
  • Exactly when.
  • Exactly how often.
  • Everything has been tested and retested and tested over again. Everything has been confirmed to work.
What you are getting with EasySplits Course is SPEED. Speed of progress. You want to see results each time? This is the method to do it.

You are also getting 'retention':

The notion of retention is a 6,000 pound Elephant in the Room. Anyone can get you few degrees more flexible. Anyone who knows a few things about stretching. As your body warms up, it loosens up.

That is no secret. The BIG questions is: can you retain that flexibility? If you could, you would not be needing this seminar. You would have had your splits by now and so would everyone else. But the BIG BUT here is when you cool down, you are tight again, as if no stretching took place.
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