If you want to lift your legs high on your Developpes, Battements, Penche, etc., but your legs refuse to come up as high as you want them, a question arises:
I’ve been asked this question many times. The short answer is this: personally, if I want my leg to go up vertically and I have a chance to pick between strength and flexibility, I would choose flexibility every time.
Measure how high your leg can go. Let’s say 90 degrees.
- Now add a heavy ankle weight and hold the leg at 45-60 degrees.
So, the weakness of your hip flexors and adductors is not coming from the weight of the leg, but from the tight muscles pulling back down.
- I use ZST (Zaichik Streching Technique) to increase their flexibility right there on the spot.
- We do 5-6 rounds and the end range is no longer 90 degrees, but 120-140.
- I then ask them to hold their legs at 90 degrees again.
All of them are able to comfortably hold their legs there, no struggle, no weird faces, no clenched teeth, no spasms. Did their leg become lighter? Did a student become stronger? No, it is because with increased flexibility, nothing is pulling down!
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