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How to Do the Splits

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Doing the splits is not just for cheerleaders and kids. Just about anybody has the potential to do the front splits. The only thing that can get in the way is underdeveloped stretching ability. So get your sweat pants and your lucky T-shirt. Let's do the splits.

Improve your flexibility with a program of stretches. Be sure to stretch your inner thigh and groin.

Crouch like a runner in starting position: one leg in front bent 90 degrees, the other leg in back extended.

Keep your back straight and lower your chest to your front knee. Hold for a slow count of 20.

Sit up and bring your rear knee to the floor. Now straighten your front leg and hold this position for a slow count of 20.

Lower your chest to your front knee and hold.

Sit up and work your front leg closer to the floor while keeping the back leg on the ground. You may have to try this step many times before you gain the required flexibility to do the splits.

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