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Straddle versus side split: What is the difference?

Straddle versus side split: What is the difference?

Straddle and side split seems like the same thing at first, but a straddle and side split are two different things. If we were going to use an SAT analogy here. Straddle to side split is like journey to destination. Your destination is 180 degree side split. If you were halfway on your journey, then your straddle is 90 degrees.

A straddle is bringing legs apart. A side split is having your legs at 180 degrees. I'll put it in very simple terms. 180 degree straddle is a side split. A side split is 180 degree straddle.

The side split may not be your final destination.

The side split may not be your final destination. If you move your legs apart, past the side split, then you are kind of moving them together behind you. So I don't
know if you can call that a straddle or a reverse straddle or negative straddle
or whatever. But, for most people, the destination is 180 degrees, which is a
side split.

Most likely in your physical education class in elementary school, junior high school, high school. At some point your teacher told you to get into a straddle. I'm pretty sure that your teacher would have been very surprised if you dropped
down into a split.
That's usually not what they mean. They just mean bring your legs apart. So that's why they said straddle.

Now, in my martial arts training, my instructors would say drop down into the split. They didn't want a straddle. They wanted a split, all the way on the ground and legs out to 180. That doesn't mean that everyone was able to do it, but that's what they wanted. That's what they meant.

A straddle, by the way, is not only bringing the leg side to side.

A straddle, by the way, is not only bringing the leg side to side. Bringing the leg forward and back is also considered a straddle, such as a forward back straddle. Sometimes it's called and the end destination of that would be a front split.

Training for a Side Split and Front Split are two different things and in the EasyFlexibility system we have programs specific not only to each of the splits (of which there are 3 types: Side Split, True Front Split and Open Front Split) but also to your individual level: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

  • A beginner is usually someone who cannot staddle past 135 degrees,
  • An Intermediate is someone who can go beyond 135 degrees to 180 degrees
  • An advanced is someone who can do a 180 degree split but is looking to do an oversplit (meaning go beyond the 180 degrees).
If you're struggling with getting your splits, we have programs that can help you!

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We did a break down of each of the muscles that are involved in a split, if ONLY ONE of them is tight or weak, the split WON'T HAPPEN. What's worse, not only will you keep stretching and stretching, and yet nothing will happen, but stretching the wrong way can set you back for weeks due to injuries...

Then what's the SOLUTION...?

To use a method to PINPOINT which muscle is tight, and work on it, kinesiologically, which means targeting the issue in a way that is natural for your body. The ElasticSteel method allows you to do just that. Read On!

In the past most people tried to achieve their straddle split, by forcing the legs apart. Either using a partner, a stretching machine or their own bodyweight.

This method of course works, since many have gotten their split this way... through a lot of pain, suffering, plateaus, and injuries...

Our Method: ZST (Zaichik Stretching Techniques)

With ZST (Zaichik Stretching Technique) we can go even further and check with muscle is more flexible or tight and on which leg.

All you have to do is go through the program, try each exercise on both sides and right away you will know which one you need to work on the most.

No time wasting guessing what to do or why your training is not working!

We'll show you how to achieve a Side Split Fast, Safe and Easy!
Our programs are scientifically based and created by
a world renowned fitness & flexibility expert Paul Zaichik

Peek inside the Side Splits Program:
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Thousands of people worldwide have achieved the same results you're dreaming about and you can too!

Got my flexibility back after many years!

Years ago I was flexible enough to get into a right side split. Those days are long gone. With these three videos I hope to achieve splits in all directions. So far, my seated open front stretch has improved. I can just about lay flat on the floor when bending from the waist. I've also gained about an inch in my right side split and anticipate great results.

You can start right now!

-This program is online!
-You can watch from any device.
- Get support from our private group of students.
- Lifetime access.

Here's what you'll get:

This COMBO contains 3 levels (9 videos)
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Each level contains 3 videos:


  • Video 1 : Follow along routines plus explanations before each exercise (duration: 41 minutes).
  • Video 2: Video without explanations to follow along without interruptions.
  • Video 3: Video containing only the explanations for the Zaichik Stretching Techniques for quick reference and review.
  • All videos contain subtitles for better understanding of the techniques and to make it easier for those who need help in understanding the spoken language.
  • Bonus: Access to Stretch180 app that will help you measure your progress, see how you stack up against the others stretching towards their splits and get motivated to keep going.

Contents of the Program. Each program contains 3 videos (9 total in this package) focusing on:

  • Mobility exercises for each joint, to keep your joints healthy and lubricated.
  • Specific warmup exercises to gradually prepare your body for a split.
  • Zaichik Stretching Techniques for each muscle involved in a split, so that your flexibility improves right away without pain.
  • Extended Length Conditioning exercises, so that you not only become flexible but strong as well.
  • Reciprocal Inhibition, plus Movement and Habituation Techniques, for functional flexibility.

#1 Side Split Beginner Program

Beginner Program contains specific warm up and conditioning exercises for the Side Split, the necessary Zaichik Stretching exercises to target the muscles involved in an Side Split as well as a cool down section. This is a great place to start before attempting the usually more demanding open front and side splits. You will learn how to isolate and stretch outer hamstrings and hip flexors muscles.

#2 - Side Split Intermediate Program

Intermediate Program contains specific warm up and conditioning exercises for the Side Split, the necessary Zaichik Stretching exercises to target the muscles involved as well as a cool down section.

#3 - Side Splits Advanced Program

Advanced Program contains specific warm up and conditioning exercises for the Side Split, the necessary Zaichik Stretching exercises to target the muscles involved as well as a cool down section. This is usually trained last, after you achieved flats front splits using the other two programs, so this is more of a rounding off for what you are missing in order to get a full split, mostly additional adductors work and very targeted side split exercises which will give you that extra you need for this more demanding split.
Side (Middle) Split Strength & Flexibility Training at Home
COMPLETE COMBO - ALL 3 LEVELS - BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED
Learn how to do a Side (Middle) Split at home with a proven method that is guaranteed to take you from 0 to a 180 degree split and beyond. We can even predict the date that you'll get your split!

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If you are ready to do effortless Splits ANYTIME that you wish with a training method that is Easy, Pain Free and Fast, that is designed to work naturally with your body and keep your flexibility for years to come, then join thousands of satisfied EasyFlexibility practitioners and START YOUR TRAINING TODAY!

This Course includes the following step by step instructions for:
  • Beginner Split
  • Intermediate Split
  • Advanced Split (Beyond 180 degrees)

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