Why does everyone want to do the splits
In 2017, the book "Even Very Inflexible People Can Sit on the Splits" by Japanese yoga teacher Eiko, known as the Queen of the Splits, was published. The program is based on daily exercises for a few minutes, which allow you to gradually get closer to your goal. The book has sold over a million copies and has been translated into dozens of languages. The Times wrote that the Japanese are crazy about splits, and fitness trainers all over the world have begun to create courses for clients who want to try maximum stretching. Eiko argues that the twine is only the end point, and the effect will be obvious every day: the practice helps to lose weight, strengthen the ligaments to prevent injury and achieve peace of mind. All these components, as well as the ability to perform a complex and beautiful stretching as a result, makes the twine the dream of many athletes,bloggers and lovers of a healthy lifestyle.
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Cons of practice
It is important to understand that if the only goal is to do the splits, this can be harmful, not beneficial to the body. Reducing the time leads to extreme painful stretching, due to which injuries can occur, including damage to the tendons and ligament ruptures, blockade of the hip joint. Gradual practice and even work on different muscle groups is helpful. At an early age, the joints are much more flexible, so children quickly get used to gymnastic exercises, and the risk of injury is minimal. Moreover, not all adults have good elasticity in the hip joints. You need to start training gradually, for the sake of improving the health and beauty of the body. It is best to sit on the twine under the guidance of a professional trainer in order to minimize possible harm to the body.
Pluses of twine
If you are ready to accept the fact that you will not please your followers on Instagram with a perfectly straight twine a week after the start of training, it's time to talk about the pros. Systematic, holistic exercises will improve blood circulation, develop flexibility, stretch muscles, increase joint elasticity and reduce the risk of arthritis. The anatomical features of the hip joint do not involve the entire body when trying to sit in a transverse asana. But training can increase the flexibility of an individual part of the body. The course, the ultimate goal of which is twine, develops perseverance and patience, the ability to feel the deep muscles of your body and think about its needs.
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Stretching is not considered physiological. While a person sits on the twine, a collision inside the joint is possible, due to which athletes often feel sharp pain. With amplitude movements, contact occurs between the hard surfaces of the femoral neck and the edge of the acetabulum - the concave surface in the pelvic region. This position of the body is unnatural, unlike others, which also require conscious control and training, for example, sitting with a straight back. Obvious contraindications for twine: osteochondrosis, recent fractures, recovery from illness or surgery, as well as the first trimester of pregnancy. It is better to consult with a therapist, who in some cases may prohibit classes in the presence of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.
How to do the splits
Choose a trainer who can monitor your workout offline or online. There are many practitioners, try to clarify in advance what sets of exercises are included in the classes. You can do the splits while doing yoga, Pilates, gymnastics or ballet, but there are also short courses that focus only on the hip joint. The stretching process takes place in different ways depending on the initial fitness, age, health status and physique. It is important how often the classes take place, how comfortable you are to continue, and whether you are willing to put up with unpleasant sensations in the muscles during training and the day after.
The time frame in which a person will reach the final goal is difficult to determine in advance. It is better to start any workout, regardless of intensity, with a warm-up, a little warm-up. This will make the ligaments and muscles more elastic and help to avoid micro-explosions in the tissues. “The pain goes away over time as you continue to stretch and your flexibility improves,” says Eiko. At the same time, she clarifies that about 30% of students stopped practicing after the first training session, because the next day the muscles ached, and there was no tangible result yet.
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