What to do When Stretching Doesn’t Help

Sometimes Tight Muscles Need Strength Instead   Muscles are tight for a reason. They are not tight because they hate...
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The Tensor Fasciae Latae (TFL) Can Cause Hip and Back Pain: Here are Some Ways to Help

WTFL???? What is the Tensor Fasciae Latae (TFL) The Tensor Fasciae Latae, or TFL to its friends, is a small...
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How to Start Stretching: Tips for Flexibility

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Back Bend Drill: “Down-Ups”

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Want Better Backbends and More Flexible Hips? Square Your Splits! Here’s How and Why…

  When I first started training contortion, after years of dance, I thought I had some pretty badass splits. I...
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You Can Be a Bendy Badass with Any Body Type

  “A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty but an obsession about female obedience.”...
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The Waterfall Backbend: How to Lower to Bridge from Standing with Maximum Control and Grace

  The gradual, controlled descent from standing to bridge is a foundation of the contortionist’s basic repertoire. It is more...
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The Curse of the Bendy Lower Back

  I like to say that with great flexibility comes great responsibility. Nowhere is this more true than in the...
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How to Get More Flexible from an Injury

  Injuries happen. Sometimes it is from some kind of trauma, sometimes from chronic overuse. Pretty much everyone eventually ends...
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Dare I Hope? Can Anyone Become More Flexible?

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6 Tips to Make the Dreaded Middle Split more Bearable

Got Middle Split Blues?   Do middle splits make you feel like you want to puke and die? You are...
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Tight Hips? Alternatives to Rolling out Your IT Band

  A favorite activity of athletes is to roll out their aching muscles on a foam roller (the real masochists...
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Ask Fit & Bendy 11: Backbend Flexibility Q&A

  We just finished up another action-packed Q&A on back flexibility for the Worldwide Splitters' Network January Backbend Challenge. This...
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What Should I Feel When I am Stretching?

  You will learn to abandon, modify, or correct stretches that aren’t right for your body and find a deep...
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Casual Fridays: Musings on Warming Up

  What is a warm-up? It is an essential part of your workout, so don't skip it! Your warm-up should...
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On Active Flexibility

  Active flexibility is the range of motion that you can achieve by using your muscles to put your joint there (i.e., if you use...
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Muscle Imbalances: About Janda Syndromes

  Chronically tight, overused muscles cause their opposing muscles to become weak and atrophied. This imbalance spreads through the entire...
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