Flexibility is fortunately one of those physical attributes that can be improved simply by spending time working on it. Most top level training programs require that you meet minimum gymnastics flexibility (and strength) requirements because it speeds the learning process when you are flexible enough to learn any skill and keeps gymnasts from developing bad […]
Straddle Split: A split in which the legs are extended to the left and right, until a 180 degree angle between the legs is reached.
Static Stretching: A type of stretching in which a relaxed position is held without moving for a significant period of time. As opposed to dynamic stretching in which the limb is moved vigorously to stretch.
Split: Any front or sideward body position in which the legs are extended apart as far as possible in opposite directions with the ideal angle of the legs being 180 degrees or more apart. Splits are designated as side splits or straddle splits.
V-sit: A body position used in gymnastics where the legs are raised off the floor in a deep pike position and the entire body is supported by the hands form the general appearance of a “V” shape.
PNF Stretching: PNF is an abbreviation for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation A technique for increasing flexibility which combines muscle tension with passive stretching. Also sometimes called isometric stretching.