How do I achieve the flexibility for a split?

  • madkyle

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    Dec 26, 2017 10:15 AM GMT
    I could do splits when I was younger but never practiced it after that. Then I probably spent a whole afternoon watching Van Damme movies, so now I really want to be able to do that again, haha. I've been doing various stretching exercises (30 seconds each, twice) for about 15-20 minutes per day for about a week. Is that the right way to go? How long will it approximately take me? I'm still about 11 inches above the ground, sigh.
  • Antarktis

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    Dec 26, 2017 12:03 PM GMT
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  • mybud

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    Dec 26, 2017 6:28 PM GMT
    madkyle saidI could do splits when I was younger but never practiced it after that. Then I probably spent a whole afternoon watching Van Damme movies, so now I really want to be able to do that again, haha. I've been doing various stretching exercises (30 seconds each, twice) for about 15-20 minutes per day for about a week. Is that the right way to go? How long will it approximately take me? I'm still about 11 inches above the ground, sigh.
    Bro I'm perplexed...maybe your increased mass developed has prevented you from doing the splits now. Continue with the stretching routine and continue to practice...All the best
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    Dec 27, 2017 5:35 PM GMT
    madkyle saidI could do splits when I was younger but never practiced it after that. Then I probably spent a whole afternoon watching Van Damme movies, so now I really want to be able to do that again, haha. I've been doing various stretching exercises (30 seconds each, twice) for about 15-20 minutes per day for about a week. Is that the right way to go? How long will it approximately take me? I'm still about 11 inches above the ground, sigh.


    As you've matured, it's possible your pelvis and hips have formed in such a way as to make splits impractical. You may be risking dislocation.

    I've got a split that goes to about seven inches from the floor. Lower than that and I know my femur will pop out of the socket.

    Splits aren't for everyone. Even ballerinas deal with major hip and pelvis issues (including dislocation and eventual disability).

    Keep working on flexibility, but don't push yourself beyond your physical limitations for an arbitrary and likely useless goal.
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    Dec 31, 2017 7:08 AM GMT
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    Jan 07, 2018 5:47 PM GMT
    madkyle saidI could do splits when I was younger but never practiced it after that. Then I probably spent a whole afternoon watching Van Damme movies, so now I really want to be able to do that again, haha. I've been doing various stretching exercises (30 seconds each, twice) for about 15-20 minutes per day for about a week. Is that the right way to go? How long will it approximately take me? I'm still about 11 inches above the ground, sigh.


    Keep spreading your legs every day. Eventually you’ll be as loose as you want to be.
  • giodude

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    Feb 07, 2018 4:53 PM GMT
    Strengthen the smaller structures around your hips too. Flexibility requires strength so your muscles and tendons don't just tear right off. YOu need some strgneth there too. DO some dancing exercises to strengthen your hips in conjunction with stretching. SHould help