Note: Toward the end of this article, there is an update to my progress pics, with even more tips. Visually, there doesn't seem to be a huge improvement, but there have been A LOT of changes. I feel like I am in a completely different body when I do yoga sometimes! Since this is a completely visual comparison... For the front splits, I tried to keep the comparison useful by setting the back foot to be near the edge of the mat with the toes tucked. And basically my "gains" are how much more … [Read more...] about My Personal Results from the 90-days Splits Challenge
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http://youtu.be/2FZ9t2vl1kc Over a year ago, I hurt my elbow due to failed attempts at muscle ups. Turns out, you can't just "muscle" your way through a muscle up if you don't have the muscle to do it, otherwise you'll just hurt yourself if you keep trying, like I did. I ended up healing my elbow, and in a way it was a blessing because it forced me to slow things down and implement smarter programming. I also wrote a blog post on how I healed it, so hopefully it's helping many other … [Read more...] about My first slow, strict muscle up, ever!
SHORT, 30-SECOND VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDoKPeZu-o8 ORIGINAL, 3-MINUTE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSyw8yOyEnk Your glutes and abs have been on vacation and it's time to wake them up. Their purpose extends beyond vanity. They're crucial to maintaining your alignment. Here's the sequence: Stand up. Squeeze your butt cheeks together. Flex your abs. Just imagine a child is going to punch you in the stomach. :) While keeping the abs tight, slowly … [Read more...] about How to Sit Perfectly in Five Seconds
When your legs are lifted like this, your hips are flexed. Or in gymnastics terms, your hips are closed (meaning, the front of your hips are closed/flexed). You're probably sitting right now, right? Well, guess what. That means your hips are closed and passively flexed to their max. So the hip-flexors, like the psoas muscles, get extremely tight, from being passively stuck in their tightest position for hours on end. This is why sitting sucks a lot. It also sucks cause your glutes are on … [Read more...] about Simple Active Flexibility Test: While standing, raise one leg up to 90 degrees.
So ever since I started going for the splits, my hamstrings and hip flexors started to feel nice and loose. And as a result, I started to feel that the most tense area in my lower body were actually my calves. So I started doing calf stretches and looking for something that could help me stretch it out really deep, and I find this to be the most effective stretch! I also foam roll my calves as well, which is very important, but this requires just a tree. So … [Read more...] about Great Calf Stretch with Antranik