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14) Straddleclick here

The initial purpose of this stretch is to lengthen the Adductors by sitting with your legs as wide as possible. The eventual goal is a Straddle Split. Leaning forward may help lengthen your leg muscles, but if you are too aggressive with your stretch efforts you can trigger the Stretch Reflex and you will not achieve a longer muscle (you might actually get tighter instead). So how you do this stretch is as important as the stretch itself. Eventually the goal is to lay flat on the floor with your legs straight out to the sides and your body totally relaxed (will take a while for some of you out there).

Video of the Straddle coming soon. For video of how to do the Seated Straddle (aka Floor Chest Touch), click here.

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