Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The Splits Too?
That's the Russian Kettlebell guy - Pavel Tsatsouline. Read my prior post.
He's got another book -Relax into Stretch : Instant Flexibility Through Mastering Muscle Tension - which is informative and fascinating.
Pavel asserts that most men CAN do the splits and that the only reason the only thing holding them back is purely *pschological*!
He says that most people can stand up and stretch one leg out 90 degrees on a chair....and they can do this also with the other leg.
So why can't they stretch both legs out 90 degrees at the same time?
Anatomically there is no connection from one side to the other - so raising one leg SHOULDN'T preclude raising the other.
Pavel says that our fearful brain is the culprit - NOT THE MUSCLES, NOT THE LIMITS OF OUR FLEXIBILITY.
Check out his book if your interest is piqued.
One warning - his hacks are time-intensive. He wants you to stretch until these involuntary, reflexive contractions/restrictions tire out.