How to Safely Do Oversplits

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There are many different ways to increase your flexibility. One technique for dancers who have their splits completely flat and want to continue to push their flexibility is working on oversplits. For those of you who are unfamiliar, an oversplit is a split of the legs going beyond 180 degrees with the help of a partner, a pillow, a chair, etc. It’s important to address that working to achieve your oversplits is a great way to increase flexibility as long as you do them safely and correctly. In this video, dance expert Ali Geraets teaches you how to safely do oversplits as she presents a few different stretches for achieving them.

Center Stretch

Right away, Ali talks about the importance of safety when doing these stretches and reminds you that not everyone can do the center splits. The first stretch you’ll learn is for dancers who want to work on their center oversplits. This technique is demonstrated as a partner stretch, however it can be done safely at home with the help of pillows or other household items.

Right and Left Oversplits

The second stretch presented is for working your right and left oversplits. Although this is demonstrated as a partner stretch, you can do this on your own at home by using a pillow or a stair. Find out how you can make this stretch more challenging and really push your flexibility.

Use these stretches today and strive to achieve your oversplits! Just a reminder, don’t do these stretches unless you are flat in your splits.