I like to say that with great flexibility comes great responsibility. Nowhere is this more true than in the case of the bendy lower back. I know that those of you reading this who do not have naturally flexible lower backs are grumbling that you would be happy to have this problem, but time and again I have seen how the bendy lower back poses difficulties for aspiring flexperts. First, a little anatomy. The lumbar spine (the part of your back between your sacrum and the lowest attachment of the rib cage)
Injuries happen. Sometimes it is from some kind of trauma, sometimes from chronic overuse. Pretty much everyone eventually ends up with some kind of bodily complaint that restricts their training. It sucks, but it is also an opportunity. Think of an injury as your body’s way of communicating, in no uncertain terms, where you need to focus your attention. Often our bodies break in the areas where we are weak or imbalanced. If you have tight, hunched shoulders you may get a shoulder impingement. If you have weak abs you could get
Got Middle Split Blues? Do middle splits make you feel like you want to puke and die? You are not alone! So many people struggle with this very intense, emotional stretch. The problem comes from tight, stressed out inner thighs and hip flexors. They don’t understand why you would do such a scary stretch so they will fight you like crazy and scream bloody murder until you stop. When your muscles are fighting you like this, it makes you feel like your legs might pop off and you want to puke
We just finished up another action-packed Q&A on back flexibility for the Worldwide Splitters' Network January Backbend Challenge. This one is jam packed with juicy tidbits on alignment, control, and how to backbend safely in various common poses.