How to do a Side Split
Learn how to do a proper side split. A lot of martial artists focus on the side split, even though the front
split is more important for most kicks.
In Chinese Mandarin
side split is called "Da Cha". Find more stretches at stretching main.
- Fully extend your knees.
- Keep you side split as symmetric as possible. Don't twist your hips or your trunk. Stop immediately if you feel pain. Warm up, warm up, warm up.
- Support yourself with your hands.
- Try to keep the soles of your feet flat on the
floor. If only the insides of your shoes touch the floor, your weight rests
on the relaxed knees.
By keeping the outsides of the shoes close to the floor,
stretch) the forces are distributed better.
- Hollow your back. The angle between your spine and your hips = 90°. That's the healthiest position for your hip joints when you do a side split.
- Warm up before you stretch your side
- Do the half
side split stretch and the spread leg forward fold
before you stretch the side split.
- The side split should not be the first exercise
in your stretching routine.
- Also check my workout
plan for the side split.