"takes a lot of patience (and pain tolerance) but still worth it!"
How I did it: Just keep stretching!!!!
I stretched twice a day for about 20 minutes, once in the morning and once at night before I went to bed. There are tons of different stretches to do that you can find online, so I just put together a sort of "routine" that I did every time. Just make sure you work all the different muscles groups including your hip flexors and your back leg before you attempt the actual split. It's better for your muscles and you'll make more progress that way anyway.
Lessons & tips: - Don't give up!!!! You won't be able to do this overnight. Getting to your splits is a slow process and sometimes you might not even be able to see the progress you've made since it comes in little increments, but just keep at it and one day you'll be on the ground.
- Stretch in the morning when you first wake up and at night before you go to bed. Stretching in the morning loosens your muscles right away and gets them in the habit of stretching out right away. Morning stretches are hard and you won't be able to get as far as you will at night, especially at first, but that's ok. DON'T try to force anything, and you'll see the results from your morning stretch when you go again at night. It makes those night stretches even more rewarding :)
- My final tip is to KEEP YOUR HIPS SQUARED UP. When you're stretching out into your full split, make sure your hips aren't angled at all. Your front leg should go straight out in front of you (not off to the side) and your back leg should go straight out behind you and your hips should be lined up the same way they would if you were standing. As you get closer to the ground, it will be more and more tempting to cheat and angle your hips out so you can get on the ground faster, but in the end keeping your hips squared up gives you the stretch you want and will be more effective in the long run.
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