DreadPirateRoberts Posted May 18, 2004 Report Share Posted May 18, 2004 The part of class that I abhor the most is doing splits -- I'm an adult male dancer who just started ballet a few years back, and whenever we do splits (usually after stretching at the barre) I am in agony. I always TRY to do a split, and end up rather precariously balanced with my front leg and feet straight, my back leg kind of bent to the floor, and a large gap between the middle of me and the floor. This means that I end up with my torso bent forward, and one or both hands trying to stabilize myself and keep from tipping left or right. It is uncomfortable to say the least, and right at my threshold of pain. What makes it worse is that everyone else in class is much more flexible than I am, and so I look like a nylon-clad cross between a giraffe and a stranded manatee -- a panting lump of discomfort amongst folks who are appear nonchalantly relaxed while doing splits, checking their nails in mid-straddle, taking cell phone calls, and so on. My questions (yes, I actually have a couple) How do you recommend for less flexible folks to learn splits? Are there ways to position my feet, or legs that are more productive, safer for my body, and more likely to lead to improvement than others? How much discomfort should I tolerate? (I know that's a subjective question in some ways, but I'm asking it because I am actually willing to be very uncomfortable IF I know that I'm on the way to improving something and not damaging anything!) All the pictures I see in yoga/dance books have fabulously flexible folks looking perfect, and so I was wondering if there are guidelines for the flexibility challenged among us, too. Any ideas you could share, be they physiological, pedagogical, oreven how to better attempt a split, and get up from an attempt without looking stupid would be appreciated! Quote Link to comment
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