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Readers Respond: Top Tips for Getting Your Splits

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From the article: How to Do a Split
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Splits

I've been a dancer and gymnast for many years and I have found a neat technique for getting closer to get your splits flat. If your splits are not all the way flat on the floor, you lift your back knee off of the floor. This will make it easier for your hips to properly stretch and so your weight is not on your back knee. Once you have reached your spot of discomfort, hold the split with your knee off the floor for 30 seconds then relax. Repeat this 5 to 6 times on both sides for best results. Make sure that before you attempt this Stretch that your leg muscles are also stretched to lessen the chance of torn or pulled muscles. Also you might try a warm up to warm up those muscles! I hope this helps:)
—Guest Bethany

It's not impossible!

when i was 7 i used to be able to do the splits but i stoped doing them.3 years after i was 10 years old and i wanted to do them again but i couldn't . I felt very sad because every single girl in my class could do it acept me.One day i thought 'Im going to try and do the splits like everyone else' so i started looking on the web and i couldn't find anything that worked.The very next day i went gymnastics club and thats when i started to get lower and lowe and lower until 1-2 months.When i went gynastics club for 1-2 months that was when i was able to do them 'YAY' i thought to myself so i went on different types of websites until... i found this website so i thought ' why not share my life about the splits so thats when i decided to write this story.
—Guest yelibels3324

Push

If u try and they start hurting that's good cos it means ur doing them write so every time u try push a bit further down and u will have them in no time x
—Guest Emma

learning splits

I am a beginner, and i stretched every other day for a long time. Each time you will get further. Have confidence,believe in yourself and dont overdo it. GOOD LUCk
—Guest Aamia Johnson

Don't give up,try your best

I am 11 and was really not flexible, but i had a friend who was a gymnast and could do all sorts of splits,flip,walkover and i was determined to do a split. After hard work and stretching,i can do my left front split in two weeks. I wanted to give up midway ,but i told myself that nothing is impossible and i did it. Tip: Stretch everyday for an hour at least.never,ever give up. Good Luck and hope u succeed.
—Guest try your best

Don't give up,try your best

I am 11 and was really not flexible, but i had a friend who was a gymnast and could do all sorts of splits,flip,walkover and i was determined to do a split. After hard work and stretching,i can do my left front split in two weeks. I wanted to give up midway ,but i told myself that nothing is impossible and i did it. Tip: Stretch everyday for an hour at least.never,ever give up. Good Luck and hope u succeed.
—Guest try your best

try harder

Since I was like 6-9 I could do a very good split then I stopped till I was 12 I tried and I could not do it any more it hurt allot when I tried I kept tring till I was like 5inches off the ground so I give up till I was 13 and entered a dance school I had to do a split to be 1 step away from flexable vill so every day I tried to do it better and it worked now I am 14 and I am verry flexable can't do a handstand yet but that is my next step so don't give up u will be able to do it like me but don't quit so for so long
—Guest colleen

THE BEST

I could never do my Front Splits. My sister could do it and say "It's soooo easy!" but I couldn't. Now I can do them, and it took about 2 weeks. If you can imagine yourself doing it, then you can.
—Guest Guest Rylee

munroe

even just reading these comments while in the pancake stretch the pain went away. try watching TV or reading or something while stretching! i used to have a left split and almost right (1 inch up) and 5 inches up for center, and now they're all +5 that because i didn't stretch for 2 months. consistency is so so important!
—Guest kayla

how i learned how to do my center split

it was hard i was going down into it and i just went all the way down i still strech every single day i know how to do all 3 splits bridge/backbend fronthandspring limber cartwheel roundoff front roll back roll scorpion heel strech pike herkie needle bow and arrow scorpion number 1 and a lot more thank you for everything
—ceira.sanchez1

SPLITS!!!!!!!

I used to be able to do every way splits when i was in 4 grade,but then i whent over seas and forgot to practise. now im in grade 6 i can only do one ways splits i am practising my straddle splits but i cep laccing off a bit but im making splits one of my goals this month i will hoefully have them. i do lots of gymnastics and its iportant to have flexibility so thats making me work harder! NEVER GIVE IN!!!!!
—Guest indigo

You can do it!

It is gonna hurt at first but, you can do it! And after you stand back up after doing a spit it just feels so good knowing that you finally did and that you succeeded and what you wanted.
—Guest Fawn

Believe in Yourself

if anyone is having trouble with this believe in yourselves. im an irish step dancer and a lot if people could do splits and get their clicks past their head. Now I can do both. believe in yourself
—Guest Irish Dancer

Helps you relax!

If you try to do something while you are practicing your splits, it calms you down and the pain isn't as bad. I was reading while practicing my splits and I could hold them for a lot longer than I usually can!
—Guest corianna :)

workin on it

I just started dance this year and I haven't really been practicing my splits. now I am, and I feel like I'm pretty close! this girl in my dance class has been taking dance for seven years, and had barely done her splits. It's shows that you have to stretch and train yourself to accomplish things!
—Guest brianna

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