This month I attempted to do the front splits in just 21 days.

In public.

I failed.

<< For an idea of how I was going to do it check out my older blog post here >>

But BOY did I learn a lot about mobility!!!

 

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Rollercoasters are not so fun when you have a crick in your neck…

Stretch your “whole body” rather than just the tight bits!

I spent the first week of this challenge I focusing ALL my stretching on my lower body only…

After about 6 days I picked a pen off the floor (a highly dangerous manoeuvre) and tweaked a muscle in my back. It was only a muscle but it felt painful. Like being winded. It wasn’t nice.

The next day, I looked up to see what was on the top shelf in a kitchen cupboard and tweaked a muscle in my neck! Ouch! Immediate crick neck!

This was beyond funny, and also beyond coincidence too!

I knew the “theory” about all muscles and fascia being connected, but perhaps this was proof that you really did need to treat the body as a whole, rather than the sum of it’s parts.

Mine was a painful way to learn that lesson!

 

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Unplanned obstacles

“Long Haul” Flights are terrible for mobility

Due to my own bad planning I forgot that I would be going to Abu Daabi and Dubai in the middle of this challenge.

My flight had a stop over so my total travel time was around 12 hours each way.

Man was I stiff after these flights!

In fact these flights set me back quite a bit in my challenge.

If you don’t move it, you lose it!!

 

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Use what you have, where you are

You need to stretch every day

Having missed a few days stretching due to the air travel I quickly lost the progress I made in the first week. I only had to stretch for a few minutes everyday to keep the progress going.

So when we went to camp in the desert, I didn’t waste the opportunity!

If you really need to stretch, it’s easy to find the time.

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These simple tools are very very effective!

 

It takes “Strength” to be flexible

Despite using some of the more advanced mobility techniques available, I quickly began to realise that there was more to flexibility than stretching.

Core strength and neuro muscular health were also going to be key components in this challenge!

I didn’t have them. So my progress slowed.

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What next?

I’m a bit confused right now as to whether I should try another month of mobility to see if I can get closer to my goal or to change my goal for next month to a new challenge?

What do you think? Please type Stick Or Twist to help me to decide whether I should “Stick” With the Splits for another month or “Twist” and try a new challenge in May.

Strength and Joy,

John