🐱: there she goes again 👀
🐱: there she goes again 👀
#WednesdayWisdom It is very difficult to get a completely flat split without training #oversplits . Once you only have a few inches between your hips and the floor there is a lot less gravity at work so people often get stuck there. This is also a point where people often pull a hamstring or hip flexor because they get frustrated at their lack of progress and push too hard… then something goes pop! To avoid frustration and injury, it is far better to put a little elevation under the front foot. I recommend starting with one yoga block laying down the flat way, or about 4”. A few thick books or a stack of sturdy pillows will do just as well. Make sure that you have two blocks or more books or a chair handy that you can put your hands on to take some of your weight when you first try this as it can feel like a lot of pressure on the joints and it is best to go slowly. As always, it is far more important that you have proper form than get down to the floor. Your hip bones should be in one line (no rotating in the pelvis) and you should do your very best to make sure that your back is not arching by using the lower abs to tuck the pelvis. A slight engagement of the inner thighs is also helpful to prevent the legs from rotating and keep the hips square. Elevating the back foot is a more advanced form of #oversplit that focuses on opening up the back hip. The challenge is in engaging the downstairs butt (lower glutes, upper hamstrings) of the rear leg to straighten the knee and lift it up off the floor without arching the back. It is a great hip-opener and downstairs butt strengthener! #splits #hipflexibility #legflexibility #flexylegs
Stretching in a little egg 🐣
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#MondayMotivation Ah, the coveted and elusive #standingsplit . It is so much more difficult than getting a flat split on the floor. There will always be a difference between your passive and your active flexibility. If you can get a nice, flat split on the floor, you will not be able to get a nice, flat split with gravity working against you. • What can you do to get a perfectly vertical standing split like Lena? First, you have to start training your #oversplits . Since your active will never be as deep as your passive, you must increase your passive. You can start training oversplits even if your splits aren’t completely flat yet, as long as you are strong and comfortable enough to tolerate a little more elevation (see our next post for more info about this). • But just having a lovely #oversplit is not enough because you still need to have the strength to hold that limb up in the air, and balance on the standing leg. For many people just starting out with standing splits the standing leg is the limiting factor because it gets wobbly and you fall over. It is worth spending time just pulling one knee up to your chest and standing on one leg for two minutes at a time to build your strength and balance. • And then of course there is that booty. Lena is using her glutes and hamstrings (hello downstairs butt) to lift that leg into position. Sure, she is using her arm a little, but you don’t want to be hauling a dead weight up in the air with your arm, it will be exhausting and look like you are working really hard. You never want to look like you are working really hard even if you are. The glutes and hamstrings must help out. • Standing #splits , like all balanced flexibility poses, can take a while to master. Breaking them down into these three separate components (oversplits, standing on one leg, booty strengthening) can help speed up the process. Happy Bendings! #hipflexibility #legflexibility #flexylegs 📸 @dusticunningham
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#WednesdayWisdom | Ever feel like your back is “stuck”when training your flexibility? There are a lot of reasons why you could feel this way, it is very rarely the bones and almost always the muscles with some help from the fascia. • If you notice that you usually stand with your upper back a little forward rounded and your shoulders in front of your chest, you probably have really tight muscles in the front of your body that are restricting your flexibility going backwards. It could be your pecs, deltoids, upper traps. Anything in the front of the body that is chronically tight. Also anything in the back that is chronically weak. When you have that kind of muscle imbalance it is common to just feel stuck in a stretch but correcting the imbalance over time can help change that! #activeflexibility 📸 @dusticunningham
#MondayMotivation |The vast majority of backaches in adults are caused by weak core muscles and poor posture; stress playing a role too. Increasing your core strength can help to alleviating back pain. 💋💗 • • • #socookin #funfacts #love #stretchanywhere #backbend #contortion #flexibility #fitandbendy #healthylifestyle #flexibilitytraining #stretch #fitness #meow #photography
Happy #yogisstretchmonday 😂 I’m joining my #omies @arcierojoe @adam_earthdominion & @t_om_ma_h WHO DOESN’T LOVE TO SHOP AND DO YOGA?! 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣. . So I decided to do a little shopping at Staples to replace some items at Chesca’s House that got lost, a little damaged or completely destroyed at her #yogaparty 😜😝 🎈 🎊 #latebloominglotusistwo 🎉 You can clearly #stretchanywhere 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣 No matter how little or how long! So I decided to make it a #productiveyoga day while I shopped for a few items for Chesca’s Home 🙊😆 . Side Note📝My extremely tolerant husband deserves a round of applause 👏🏽 for filming 🎥 this throughout the entire store despite the stares & glares 🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣🤣🤣 we got and his face the entire time 👉🏽😣 #toohilarious 😆 #henevercomplained #ithinkhesgivenup 😆😆😆 . Thank You @staples for not throwing us out 😂😂😂😂😂 We are loyal customers I swear 🙏🏽😆 . Happy Yogaversary Chesca 🥂 . Hostess w/ the Mostest: @latebloominglotus . Sponsors: @marthaacunasportwear @pinklotus__ @vibratehigherofficial @downtown_betty @faithfoxdesigns @winding_arrow_designs_ @buddhibox @matcha.now @ilovegurus . #rayleighsyoga #yogaandshopping #yogaatstaples #eagleposeyoga #warriorposevariation #funyoga #themostwonderfultimeoftheyear #ilovetoshopanddoyoga 😂 #donttakeyourselftooseriously #havefunwithyoga #whenhashtagscollide
You might be a Pilates teacher when you're caught browsing the web (do people still say that?) like this 🤣 Yes, those *are* pugs on my socks 🐶 (and those are fabric folds, I swear. I wouldn't have posted a photo like *that* 😅) . . . #pilatesteacher #pilates #pilateslovers #alwaysmoving #stretchanywhere #sacramento #doanythingbetter #evenbrowsingtheweb #nodpilates
Welcome to my new series called STRETCH ANYWHERE. I’m on a mission to encourage you to stretch a little bit, anywhere, anytime you want, without self consciousness or fear. Bring more ease into your body with a little stretching! ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ You can see my recent airport series in my IG Stories (those circles below my bio), and catch the three stretches I did before getting on a cross country flight! This one was the culmination and felt so good! But listen, you don’t have to pretzel it up: most of the time stretching anywhere is best when it’s very simple. Stay tuned for more very soon! ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ #stretchanywhere #nofear #publicstretching #preflight #preflightstretch #airportyoga #yogaeverydamnday @theponybabe @mettacollection @asicstigerusa
Today is #InternationalWomensDay and we at FaB are celebrating the strength of women. So often women are encouraged to compete with each other and pick each other apart over our appearances and lifestyles. We can be defensive, judgemental, and take things personally when we interact with each other. Here at FaB HQ we are trying to change that by creating an environment where every woman/femme who walks through our doors is welcomed and celebrated and heard. When we train together we cheer each other’s successes, and encourage each other through struggles. • Living a #flexibilitylifestyle means understanding that strength without grace is just brutality. We will stand up and fight when we need to, but we will also sit down and clap for someone else when we need to. • In honor of strong women everywhere, take a moment today to learn something about a woman/femme who is very different from you. Stretch your concept of the world to listen to her life. 📸 @dusticunningham
😻One of our long time students, @aerialceli , recently competed at #VIVA (Vegas International Variety Act @thevivafest ) Festival in Las Vegas; the second year for the festival and her very FIRST time competing. She placed 3rd in her category!! Naturally we had to make her our #WCW . • Oh, and guess what? Lucky for us, she shared her #Circus journey: "When I turned 18 I tried a pole class at OC Pole Fitness. When I entered I saw an aerial silks class and was amazed at what everyone was doing. I had never seen aerial silks before. I came back at 19 after graduating high school and signed up for aerial classes for about a year or two until they closed down. During this time I met Kristina Nekyia which introduced me to the wonderful world of contortion. I have been training with her ever since. I also met, Alysia, my first aerial teacher and mentor. She helped me get a job teaching aerial arts to kids at Cal Elite Kids in RSM. I am currently working here sharing my love for the art. Alysia also encouraged me to audition for Pirates Dinner Adventure which I have been at for two years now. These facilities and people helped me grow as an aerialist and circus performer. I have also done a few other gigs and look forward to perform as much as possible. I love what I do and being part of the circus community! I am thankful for the all the great opportunities and hope to be part of a big show one day to share my passion!" • 👏🏼Congratulations, we are so proud of you and all of the hard work you've put in! Who's your #WCW ? Comment below!
We expect so much from our bodies. We expect them to perform exactly when and how we want them to, even when we don’t give them the fuel, rest, or maintenance they need. So if your muscles are tight or cranky or sore, its not because they are being stubborn or mean, its because they need you to take care of them. • 🙃In honor of #NationalIWantYouToBeHappyDay let’s all take a minute to say these kind words to our muscles. • Take a moment to notice which muscles in your body are always tight and angry and resistant to stretching. Generally in every body there are a few spots that are chronically ouchy (hip flexors, neck/shoulders, and lower back are common culprits). • Know that those muscles are most likely tight and cranky because of other muscles in the body that are not functioning properly. You rarely feel the muscles that aren’t working, they are just shut down and silent. It is the muscles that have to overwork in compensation that will complain. When you stretch, those overworked muscles do not want to relax and lengthen because they know that they have a big job to do and if they aren’t working hard you might fall apart! • Finding the muscles that aren’t working takes a bit of sleuthing. Identify old injuries, weird postural habits, and lifestyle stuff like carrying a purse full of rocks always on the same shoulder or picking up your overweight cat with a hunched spine. Notice if certain movements feel really difficult or awkward and you don’t know why. Sometimes the non-working muscles are pretty far away from the tight cranky muscles (an ankle injury can cause shoulder pain). • If you think you have an idea of which muscles aren’t working, start to strengthen them slowly and gently. Going to fast or heavy will just encourage your body to use the wrong muscles again. • The most important thing is to understand that muscles are tight for a reason and that if you want them to be happy, you need to find the reason and fix it! *Bonus points on #IWantYouToBeHappyDay for doing one random thing today to make someone #happy . The world is a crazy, stressful place and someone you know needs a little boost today!
Happy Fri-YAY guys! I filmed a quick video for you of one of the most heavy-hitting but also simple exercises you can do to improve your movement and wellness. This calf stretch is everything. . More specifically, this stretch is a way to start giving your body some of the movement inputs you should have had if you'd walked barefoot and up hills more in your life. Part of which means lengthening and reducing tension in your calves. . It also has a whole body impact - because tight calves mean that your body gets thrown forward when you walk, which creates all kinds of havoc. So less calf tension = less neck tension and headaches and upper back pain. Crazy, right? . And what's more, it's a chance to practice a new alignment. Feet that point straight ahead instead of out to the side mean less rotational forces that affect your joints. Better for your hips, knees and pelvic floor, less bunion creation, less looking like a duck. . AND you can do it while you drink your morning coffee. #yourewelcome . For bonus points, go for a walk in your #minimalshoes right after you stretch - you'll get way more benefits that way. Or just have more coffee. Whatever, it's the weekend. . Get the entire video at the link in my profile and enjoy it with something delicious to drink.
#FlexibilityFriday l Did you know that the vast majority of the muscles in your back are primarily designed to help with side-bending? That means that increasing your back flexibility is not just about going backwards and forwards, its also about going side to side. All the muscles that run along both sides of our spine, the muscles of the lower back, and that infamous Quadratus Laborum in the mid-back, all of them are side-bending muscles. If you are not doing some deep, delicious side-bending before warming up for back bends, or in between back bends, you are missing out on an important way to both stretch and activate those muscles. That also means that increasing your active back flexibility (for instance the ability to lift into cobra with no hands) can be greatly improved by increasing your side bending strength. Exercises like side planks and standing side bends with arms overhead can strengthen these muscles. Next time you work on back bends, try some side bending first and see if you feel a difference. Let us know how it goes! #activeflexibility
We recently posted about the importance of squaring your splits and you asked for us to dive even deeper into this topic... so of course we had to give the people what they want right? RIGHT 😉 • What is a Square Split? A #squaresplit means that your pelvis is in a neutral position while your legs extend directly forward, and directly backward. You know that your pelvis is in a neutral position when both of your hip bones (as well as your pubic bone) are on the same plane. If you put your hands on your hip bones, they should be even with each other. • *Left Photo: In a square split, both hip bones are even with each other facing directly forwards. *Right Photo: In an open split, the pelvic bones rotate towards the back leg. • Click the #linkinbio to read more 💪🏼
🤓Hip flexor hack... • Get elevated! If your everyday #lunge feels like it needs a booster shot, try elevating your front foot for a little more intensity. The elevation will increase the amount of gravity pulling on your body as you go deeper into the lunge. • Of course, it is still important to keep your hips square and not allow the lower back to arch like crazy so the downstairs butt and lower abs are at work. Don’t get smooshy :) Jillian has very strong legs and is holding the lunge with perfect form. Her #hipflexors have gotten SO much more flexible this year. • This is an excellent way to #stretch our your hip flexors before attempting your chest stand (see our last post about the importance of hip flexibility to protect the lower back in chest stand).
It’s not uncommon to experience lower back pain when you are learning #ChestStand . It is a weird position not like anything else you do in life, so when you 1st begin practicing it you may feel very uncomfortable & have difficulty #controlling & moving your body. TIPS: • 1. Use a spotter! I don’t recommend doing chest stand by yourself when you are 1st learning it. The potential for hurting your neck or lower back is high when you still don’t have the control or awareness of the proper position. • 2. The points of your shoulders must be on the floor. This is non-negotiable. If your shoulders aren’t on the floor then you need to work on your pec & upper back #flexibility before trying chest stand. This is b/c your body weight needs to be evenly distributed between your chin & both shoulders. If the shoulders aren’t down it’ll go too much into your chin which will make your chin & neck very sad. • 3. Work on different leg positions, especially legs straight & together. This position with the legs straight & together is impossible to hold if you aren’t using your muscles in your torso to push your butt forward over your head. This will help you find those hard-to-find muscles that will support your lower body & protect your lower back. • 4. Your butt should be almost directly over your head. If your butt is back behind your head it doesn’t matter if your feet are on the floor, you are in the wrong position & likely to smoosh your lower back. That is why using your torso muscles to bring your butt forward over your head (see #3 ) is so important. Keep working on bringing the butt forward & then try to get feet on the floor, not vice versa. • 5. Always warm up well first. It’s particularly important to stretch your hips; tight hip flexors will increase the pressure on the lower back (this is true for most deep back bending positions). • 6. Breathe! It’s tough to breathe in chest stand, but you still have to do it so you don’t pass out. Take shallow breaths but don’t stop breathing. If you find you can’t breath at all you may want to lay off the chest stands until you get a little stronger & more flexible so that your body can feel comfortable enough to inhale.
For today’s #flexibilityfriday let’s take a look at the standing leg in leg scale. 🧐The standing leg needs to be very strong through the #glutes and #hamstrings and very open through the hip flexors or it will limit your ability to lift the other leg above 90 degrees. Yay for #activeflexibility ! 😯It is normal to have greater passive flexibility than active flexibility, but the greater the gap between these two ranges of motion, the more unstable your joint. So here’s a friendly reminder from Fit & Bendy; In order to increase your range of motion, never neglect your active flexibility!
Today's #WCW goes out to FaB instructor @lena_fumi . She did such an incredible job at her first attempt with contortion archery! 🏹 With the help from coach Baya who came all the way from Ulaanbataar, Mongolia to share her knowledge with us, we couldn't help but share such an amazing experience. 🤗Way to go Lena! Tag your #WCW below 💗 • Thank you to those who were able to make it out to the contortion workshops we co-hosted with Serchmaa Byamba from the Mongolian Contortion Center. Would you like to see more workshops? Who would you like for us to bring in next?!
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👩🏻🍳 We are cooking up a delicious array of new class offerings for you bendy beasts here at FaB HQ! This one is a conditioning class for flexibility that focuses on end range of motion strengthening. It currently has two working titles, “Things I Hate” and “Sweat the Small Stuff.” We are probably going with the first one since it might be hard to get people to show up for “Things I Hate.” It will be 60 minutes of profound muscle-building in all those areas that most workouts skip but are terribly important for balanced, bendy joints! • What kinds of classes would you like to see from Fit & Bendy? What are your #training #needs ? How can we help you? • • • • • #fitandbendy #flexibilityisfreedom #flexibilitytraining #flexibility #contortiontraining #bendybody #stretchanywhere #bendybadass #bendybeast #circus #fitness #bethebendystraw #stretching #strengthtraining #stretchsmart #benddontbreak #shoulderschool #flexibilityisawayoflife #bendyforlife #flexibilitylifestyle #obsessedwithflexibility
The current 😼 & 🐰 situation 😌. Moby the bunny is officially toilet trained. He's graduated to becoming a free roaming house bunny! (If you're wondering what happened to @snowballchubs ' massive fur coat, I shaved him 😂)
Happy #SundayFunday ! 🤗Sometimes its your turn to take out the trash… #flexibility to the rescue! No matter if your hands are full, you can open that trash can with your foot. #Activeflexibility isn’t just pretty, it’s darned useful too. Just another day in the #flexibilitylifestyle • #takeoutthetrash #bendylife #stretchanywhere #keepstaringimightdoatrick #fitandbendy
My arms & shoulders are usually so wrecked at the end of a snow storm. Great exercise for opening and releasing the over worked shoulder muscles! This is just one sequence I do to help prevent pain from shovelling for 12+ hours. #shoulderblast #taketimeforyou #livelife #happy #stretching #preventinjuries #saltypants #snowremoval #toronto #workwithwhatyougot #wellnesseverywhere #stretchanywhere
Nerding out over this post from @fitandbendy 😍 basically tightness may be a result of weak supporting and/or opposing muscles. Strengthen the weak areas, and get ready to unleash your dangerous flexibility 😈 . . #fitnessmalaysia #flexibilitythroughstrength #poledancemalysia #flexibilitytraining #poledancemovement . . @Regranned from @fitandbendy - 😩Why is this muscle so tight and sore? Likely not because it is so amazingly buff. It is tight and sore because it is working too hard! This happens when that muscle, or a muscle that is supposed to be helping it, or a muscle that is supposed to balance it out, gets weak. 😖If you have a chronically tight muscle (or a whole group of muscles) its time to start investigating to figure out where your weaknesses are. It is likely that you will not feel those weak muscles complain, they are just hanging out doing not very much so what do they have to complain about!?!?! 🤓The muscles that complain are the ones that have to pick up the slack. 🤔For instance if your hip flexors are constantly tight and sore, take a look at your lower abs and psoas that work with your hip flexor, or your butt muscles that support and work opposite your hip flexors. 💪🏼Guaranteed, somewhere in there is a muscle that has been turned off and needs to be turned on again, then strengthened, to give that tight muscle a bit of a breather! 🤡Look for next week’s post to learn more about why muscles go to sleep and how to avoid it. • • • • #fitandbendy #flexibilityisfreedom #flexibilitytraining #contortiontraining #bendybody #bendybooty #stretchanywhere #bendybadass #bendybeast #circus #fitness #bethebendystraw #stretching #strengthtraining #stretchsmart #benddontbreak - #regrann #dancenerds #polenerds
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Fun, friends, fire, foot touching in backbends and so. many. floofs. 🐶🐕💚😍 The definition of a #sundayfunday with @grey.ace and co at the #firenight gathering- can't wait for the next one!! First time going full #wheelpose in a #forearmbridge - many things to work on, as always, but definite progress- smashing last year's goals out, and nice to see the hard work starting to pay off! 💪😊 #mondaymotivation
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I’ll never forget the night I decided I wanted to learn contortion. It really had never crossed my mind until I saw today’s #wcw perform at @zinzanni_sea and she blew my mind! @vitaradionova took to the stage with a dancer’s grace and musicality and incredible #strength and control as she moved through her act. Her #backbends and #handstands looked effortless. And she was gorgeous. Drop dead gorgeous. I had never seen a contortionist be sexy before, and she was sexy. Half way through the act she took down her wet hair and whipped it at the audience, scattering droplets over the front row. She was curvy and muscled and perfectly in control, with the whole audience in the palm of her hand. I fell in love! I became obsessed with learning more about contortion, and started looking for ways to train, eventually leading me to Serchmaa Byamba at San Francisco Circus Center. Years later I had the honor of being in class with Vita when we both trained under @ts_serchmaa and I got to tell her how much she had inspired me. And she still does. Thank you Vita! Who's your #flexibilityidol ?
What do you do if you feel EVERYTHING in your quads? • It is a common problem, particularly for dancers, to be extremely quad dominant. Those thigh muscles get overworked, overexcited, and can become extremely tight and cranky which can affect your hips and knees in negative ways. • If you are a quadrisaurus rex and your other hip and leg muscles (glutes, hamstrings, lower abs, etc) never get a chance to participate, it is essential to approach any lower body strengthening with care. The best way to get other muscles to work is to focus on your form, and to go light on an exercise until you feel the work in the right place. Go too heavy, too far, too fast and your dominant muscles will just kick in immediately. • For instance, in this plié (a ballet-style externally rotated squat for the non-dancers) it is all too easy to just feel the work in the quads. However, if you aren’t using your other muscles you are going to burn out fast and have difficulty sinking deep and holding it for a long time. So start by bending your knees only a little bit and instead work on squeezing your outside butt muscles to open the knees as wide as possible and pressing the heels into the floor to connect with the backs of the legs up to the glutes. • Once you start feeling the other muscles pitch in to help the quads (they will still be working just not working alone) you will be able to bend your knees more and sink down deeper and you will not get tired as quickly. • *Pro Tip: Just because your quads are big, dominant, and tight does not mean they are strong. Like the school bully, sometimes they are so aggressive because they are weak and insecure. It may sound counter-intuitive, but strengthening your quads could help to get them to relax!
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#NationalHaveFunatWorkDay | Sure, many people dislike middle splits, especially when their coach comes around to give them a little extra “encouragement”. But no one complains when assistant head coach Winston comes to give them a push. And he thinks its hilarious! • Moral of the story, dogs make stretching better. Happy #SundayFunday everyone!
Sunday Stretch #sundaystretch . . Lovely little stretch for your lovely bodies for the chest, back, waist and thighs! #contrology #pilatesgirl #pilatesinstructor . . Hold 30 seconds and obviously change sides😊. It is advisable for your muscles to be warm before. I want my friends to be safe 😘 ;) #stretch #sport . . Summer stretch pics very motivating for me to work out as love short shorts on account of being short! #girlswithmuscles . . Have the best day and thanks for liking I appreciate ! Look for forward to catching up with you #instalove ❤️ #letslifteachotherup . . . . #fit #fitness #fitpro #fitfam #strongnotskinny #stretchanywhere #functionaltraining #fitness #health #summer #mallorca #youcandoit #wecandoit #green #flexibility #weightloss #travel #gymlife #shape #roamtheplanet #primemark #primarkoutfit #pilatesinstructor
Spending my long weekend frolicking in nature is the best way to spend it!! . -💙💚🌏🌱💚💙- . Practicing my #bridgepose at Carlotta arch (after waiting for ages for everyone to leave 🙄😂)- just a few lessons with @andromedacircus and I'm seeing a huge improvement already! #adventuretime #treebathing #lostmtns #fuckinghashtags
Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a chore. Long lines at the checkout? Perfect time for a nice #hamstringstretch using your shopping cart. Its all part of our #flexibilitylifestyle • And did you know that today is #nationalgreenjuiceday ? So throw some tasty healthy veggie juice in your cart while you’re at it. Mixing a small amount of ground flax seed into your green juice is great for your digestion and it provides essential fatty acids which are helpful for joint flexibility! #stretchanywhere #keepstaringimightdoatrick
😅#Failure ! Yay failure! • What would happen if you never let yourself fall down into a heap on the floor? You could never take risks! And if you never take risks, you never try new things. And if you never try new things, you never learn and grow. • 💪🏼The only way to be successful at anything new and difficult (and let’s face it almost anything worth doing is new and difficult) is to allow yourself to fail a whole bunch, learn from those failures, and improve over time. • 😝So go ahead and fall down in a heap on the floor! A lot! And as Winston Churchill once said “Success consists of going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” • Thanks to @socookin and @sioux_zq for demonstrating that failure can also be fun and hilarious! That position was supposed to be an active cobra supporting a contortion handstand. It didn’t work out that time, but it will!
🤩You are amazing! 💗Today is #nationalcomplimentday when we take the time to compliment someone who we admire. Too often we get caught up in the chaos of daily life and forget to give compliments, even to those we admire most. Sometimes, when other people compliment us, we don’t allow those compliments to sink in or we don’t believe them. A compliment is a way of showing love. It is a way of building a positive connection. Of course, if you are going to give a compliment, be sure that you mean it. False compliments are worse than saying nothing! Its so #meangirls to BS people like that. 👋🏼Today, take a moment to compliment someone in your life. And, as you go through your #flexibilityfitness training today, take a moment to compliment yourself. Part of training is celebrating your body’s ability. You can push yourself to new depths, dream big, want more, strive… but you must also give yourself love along the way. Your muscles will work better when they feel appreciated.
🧐What makes the difference between healthy flexibility and injury? End range of motion strength. That means being strong in your muscles even when they are at their shortest possible position. • 🤓The shorter a muscle gets, the more difficulty it has to contract. This is because of the structure of the nerves in the muscle which become less sensitive to new communication as they shorten. However you can teach these nerves to work in shorter positions, thereby increasing your end range of motion strength and improving your muscle’s performance throughout the entire range of motion! • 👋🏼How? Small, infuriating movements. Put that muscle in a shortened position then work into it. At first with very light contractions with no weight, then with increasing amounts of weight as the contractile ability grows. That is why we at FaB HQ love small, infuriating movements! • 💪🏼Here is Susan performing a fabulous small, infuriating exercise from @cirquephysio that helps to increase the contractile ability of the posterior deltoids, upper traps, and muscles that rotate the scapulae. Learn to love the tiny, humbling exercises!
The world is our playground. Also, the playground is our playground. #sundayfunday with @brandlenae . . . . . #playground #yoga #stretching #camelpose #backbend #yoginis #upsidedownyoga #circusgirls #fitness #stretchanywhere #flexibility #flexandstretch #playtime
Day 16 of #infinitydancestretchallenge is the mermaid! 🧜♀️Start in a Z sit, then lift the back foot off the ground and reach for it with the same arm (left foot, grab with left arm). If you can’t reach the foot, or it’s too much of a stretch to lift the foot, try reaching forward in your Z sit over the front leg, or leaning back into your elbows behind the back leg. This stretch is a challenge! You will feel it in a few places! Make sure you’re warm before trying it, and take your time! Thanks to our model Tink! She makes mermaid look easy, but remember it takes practice! #stretcheveryday #stretchanywhere #infinitydancefamily
Winter holiday stretching in the playground ❄⛄ 0°C!
mushrooms that are good for splits 😄
I couldn't feel my shoes 😂❄❄❄⛄
Remembering to practice every chance I get 🤸🏼♀️🎪🙃 A year ago I wasn't anywhere near this close to a split but I'll get there one day! 📸: @_jenakasue 😘 #progress #flexibilitygoals #aerialist #gymnast #aerialprogress #splits #circuseveryday #split #acrobatics #balance #workforit #inflexibleyogis #yogainspiration #aerialfit #circusgirl #splitsprogress #stretchanywhere