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May 15, 2014

Splits Challenge

I have always wanted to be one of those dancers who could naturally slide into a full split or a strong and graceful backbend, but my body always felt more like a folded lawn chair than a bendy rubber band.

Splits are just like that. They almost seem … unattainable to many of us. Very few people just naturally have their splits. For most of us, we have to work at them.

So that’s what I decided to do this summer. Rather than feel like the inflexible dancer in the corner for one more minute, I’m dedicating this summer to tackling the splits. I may or may not get them, but I will get closer. I turn forty in August, and I’d love to be able to do a split before that happens.

I’m giving myself ninety days to make it happen, which at this point is roughly July 4th weekend. And since it’s always more fun to do these things in a group, I’ve started a Facebook group rather glibly titled “Splits! We’ve Got This – 90 Day Challenge.”

I’m stoked. Want to join us?

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The group content is totally private and it’s just a place for us to share before and after pics, and some tips and tricks on what’s working for us and what isn’t.

I’ve got some strategies of what I’ll do on my own, and I’m also planning to attend several of Studio 3sixT’s weekend stretch classes to maximize what I’m doing. Also, my Intro and Level 1+ Transition classes on Tuesday nights will offer a little more stretching than usual.

I keep reminding myself that it’s not super difficult, it doesn’t require some amazing talent; it just takes time and effort. We’ve got that. And we’ve got the support of each other.

If you’ve ever wanted to be more flexible, and haven’t found the time to do it, please jump in and join us!

XO,
Diane

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