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How to Do a Split

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Full Split
How to Do a Split
© 2008 Paula Tribble

Move to the floor and try a full split. In your split, be sure that:
  • Your hips are square with your body. Your torso should be facing straight, not to the side, even if squaring your hips means you can’t go down as far
  • Both of your legs are straight, and turned slightly outward
  • Your toes are pointed
  • Your chest is up, not leaning forward

Beginner Hint: If you aren’t yet flexible enough to do a split with your hands comfortably on the floor, try your split between two objects – mats, springboards (as shown), or even books can give you something to put your hands on. Then you’ll be able to do the stretch without leaning forward with your body.
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