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Old 12-18-2010, 03:53 AM   #1
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Is there anyone on here that is into contortion, or interested in it? I've been interested in it for a while, but I'm way too fat to do it, and not very flexible. I've heard it's very good for the body, and is able to prevent fibromalgia (which my mother has, and her doctor said I would probably inherit).
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I'm not into actual contortion per se, but I'm super into any flexibility-based workout: yoga, pilates, ballet/barre workouts, athletic stretching, etc. I have all these flexibility-achievement type goals for myself, but they're hardly contortionist-level. For example, I want to be able to do splits and to do a forward-standing bend with my palms flat on the floor.
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the idea of contortion sounded weird to me at first read, but the more i think about it, the cooler i think it would be to be able to tie myself into knots at whim. hmmm...

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I'm not into actual contortion per se, but I'm super into any flexibility-based workout: yoga, pilates, ballet/barre workouts, athletic stretching, etc. I have all these flexibility-achievement type goals for myself, but they're hardly contortionist-level. For example, I want to be able to do splits and to do a forward-standing bend with my palms flat on the floor.
THIS! I too want to work up to splits... work back to my former flexibility, actually. what are you doing to get there? i am dealing with sciatica, and have been for over a year; iím convinced that itís very much to do with a muscle imbalance along my spine, including an inflexibility of the stronger muscles. for that reason, itís sometimes difficult to make myself stretch. (it hurts!) however, if i had some accountability and support, saaaaaay in the form of a thread i can check in on, I bet iíd work harder at it...
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what are you doing to get there?
Right now, I have a daily routine to stretch/strengthen areas where I'm not so limber. For example, I have a very limber lower back for some reason, but my legs and arms are not in as good of shape, so I do 30 seconds of plank pose every day and am soon going to build up to 40 seconds, then 50, then a full minute, and so on. For my hamstrings, I'm doing forward standing bend for 30 seconds, and I started out holding my hands at my thighs, then knees, then shins, and now I'm at my ankles/tops of my feet. I'll soon progress to putting my hands to floor, and then building to keeping my hands flat on the floor, increasing time, etc. Once I have mastered the hands-to-floor, I'm moving on to adding splits training by starting with lunges held a certain number of seconds, as well as working on nose-to-knee bends lying supine on the floor.

I do these on top of doing yoga/pilates/ballet at least four hours a week. I especially like these types of workouts that utilize a stability ball, because you can really flex into a lot more poses with one of those, plus it's useful for strength training.
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very interesting! i like the idea of just doing a little more every day. knees straight in the standing bend?
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I love yoga and hot yoga especially. by the time you get to the extremes of some poses, you are definitely doing some contorting. If you are interested, yoga is a great way to start, and good teachers will help you modify poses until you get better at them. In our classes are people of all shapes and sizes, and thin people are not necessarily more flexible. You work only in relation to yourself. I am much more fit and flexible than when I started, but much less than some who started at the same time, etc.
But like my slow weight loss, all things are relative, and I am getting better.
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knees straight in the standing bend?
Yup! That part, I've been able to do my whole adult life, but I've got short arms and tight hamstrings, so it's been a real journey getting close to palms to the floor with straight knees.
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Is there anyone on here that is into contortion, or interested in it? I've been interested in it for a while, but I'm way too fat to do it, and not very flexible. I've heard it's very good for the body, and is able to prevent fibromalgia (which my mother has, and her doctor said I would probably inherit).
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