Learning a center split is just as important as a front split to your gymnastics. You’ll use a center split in straddle jumps, side leaps, press to handstands, stalders, flairs on pommel horse, and scales.
Here’s how to get a great center split, with stretches for all the different muscles you’ll use.
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