5 Secret Stretches to get your Splits!
We’re here to expose the 5 secrets to getting your right or left leg splits fast! If you haven’t already checked out our last blog post on flexibility tips and tricks, we highly recommend as it’s a great place to start! These 5 simple stretches will help you get your splits in no time, but without further-a-do, here are the secrets you’ve been waiting for us to spill…
This stretch will increase flexibility in your quads and hip flexors. Hold your lunge (demonstrated in pictures below) for 20-30 seconds on both the right and left legs. This stretch is especially great as it allows you to isolate muscle groups by focusing on your back leg flexibility in your split.
The sitting pike stretch can be done with both pointed or flexed feet. If you choose to point your feet you should feel the stretch moreso in your hamstring whereas when you flex it is likely that you’ll feel the stretch in your calf muscles as well as your hamstring. If you feel this stretch in your back and not your legs, don’t worry! This just means you have tighter or less flexible back muscles than your leg muscles! As you continue to practice this stretch you’ll gain more mobility and begin to feel the stretch more in your legs.
This stretch is a little bit trickier than the others but it definitely helps with your splits! Start by going into your lunge (shown in stretch number 1 above) and then pick up your back leg. If you find this stretch easy you can drop down to your elbows to increase the difficulty. You should feel this stretch in both your quad and hamstring muscles. Hold for 20-30 seconds on each side.
This stretch is great for working on hamstring flexibility. Hold for 30-30 seconds on each leg. For more of a challenge, you can flex your toes up (as shown in picture 3) to feel the stretch in your calf muscle as well!
Yep, it’s as simple as that! The best way to achieve your split is by practicing it as often as you can. Even if you are far from achieving a full 180-degree split, the best thing to do is practice practice practice! If you aren’t quite flat in your split, try to hold it with straight knees and pointed toes as shown in picture 3 below. The more you do it, the easier it gets and the faster you’ll improve!
The most important thing to remember is that simple stretches often lead to better results! Getting fancy with crazy and difficult stretches doesn’t always lead to faster improvement! Let us know in the comments below what level you are at with your splits, are you flat on both right and left legs?