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The Psoas Muscle

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Psoas - a lot has been said about this muscle. A deep hip flexor located in the center of the body. It is in close proximity to various organs. It is involved in various functions. If you want a True (Squared) Front Split, you can't do it with tight psoas. Not going to happen. Many other techniques require a flexible Psoas. It's a rather tight and "hard to get to" muscle. But its flexibility is an absolute must. But How do we stretch it? Well... Ask a yoga or dance teacher how to stretch the psoas, and you may get...

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Front Splits Stretches: The Importance of Lateral Hamstrings Stretching and Conditioning

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Lateral Hamstrings (Biceps Femoris) is one of larger hurdles to the True Front Split (Hips Squared) Front Split. The exercise shown in this post is called Airplane Turn Ins. It targets the lateral hamstrings and it's one of many exercises in a category called "Extended Length Conditioning" (ELC). While this exercise does build flexibility, its main job is to keep it. Most people get a little more flexible after warm up and stretches. Even with relaxed stretches.  It's no secret. The issue is "Staying Power". Can you make that flexibility stay? The answer for most people is "NO". If you...

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Overstretching for the skills you want. You need more flexibility than you think you do.

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So how much flexibility do you really need? Say you want a 180 degree Penche or a Side Tilt. Or to hold a head high  Martial Arts Kick to your friends face. If you can do full split is that enough for a 180 Tilt? Is being able to stretch to your buddy's head, enough for the kick you want? The answer is no.  See the video and read further explanation below:   Muscle resistance starts long before the end range. How high can you lift your arm overhead? Can it go higher if someone helped you? Chances are: Yes. That is...

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Functional True Front Split vs Structural True Front Split

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Imagine you are looking at two people: Both are doing exactly the same True (Squared) Front Splits. Both have legs 180 degrees apart and are sitting comfortably on the floor. While on the surface they are doing the same thing. Kinesiologically, their hips and spines are doing something very different. Watch the video explanation here: Quick Definition Functional Front Split - A split with legs 180 degrees apart, regardless of how the pelvis is tilted, how curved the spine is, and which muscles are stretched. Structural Front Split- A split with neutral spine, even stretch coming from front and rear...

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