STRETCHIT APP: MIDDLE SPLIT CHALLENGE RESULTS
StretchIt app’s 30-Day Middle Split Challenge ended in late December, but with the whirlwind of the holidays, I’m just now able to share my results.
For those who don’t know, StretchIt is an app for flexibility training, with specific series of classes aimed at improving front splits, middle splits and backbends. The app also offers full-body and weight-loss stretch courses.
Sometimes StretchIt hosts 30-day stretch challenges for specific part of the body. The app provides guidance on which courses to take every day for one month for the best results (guidance also includes rest days).
From late November to December, I participated in a 30-Day Middle Split Challenge. You can read my progress from the first two weeks here, but this is the summary: my middle split is awful, because up until recently I never seriously trained it. I just found it to be super painful and, honestly, I knew it would take a really long time for me to get it, because I’m not at all flexible in that area.
My front splits and back bends are completely different stories. I’ve been seriously training those areas for months, and even though I haven’t reached my goals, stretching them feels good, and I can tell I’m making progress.
I didn’t notice any real physical progress in my first two weeks of middle-split training, but the process started to feel slightly more comfortable. I was hoping for a more drastic result at the end of the fourth week, but not much seems to have physically changed.
For reference, I stuck to mostly the beginner training classes, which ranged from 30 to 45 minutes, about three days per week.
StretchIt often posts progress shots of its users, and I felt a bit discouraged at the end of this challenge, because my results weren’t as noticeable as they were for others. I continued to feel a bit better in poses, but that was really it.
But here’s the thing: the reasons I had for neglecting my middle split training for so long were all mental, so I know a lot of my future improvement will rely on my own mindset.
I can’t get down about the amount of time it will take for me to get a flat middle split, because then I’ll stop training consistently and further delay my progress. I need to remember that time will pass anyway, and I can either make the most of it by training as much as my body will allow and trusting the process, or I can just give up and never reach my goal.
I like the first idea better.
MORE ON GENERAL FLEXIBILITY GOALS
Flexibility is a big focus of mine for 2018, but when it came time to make resolutions for the new year, I decided not to fixate on definitive goals, like reaching my front splits on both sides. Instead, my goal is to train six days a week overall for at least 45 minutes, and see where that takes me. Even though I’d like to obtain my front splits on both sides this year, there is really no way of telling when my body will be ready for them. Plus, if I set that goal for myself and it doesn’t happen even though I’ve trained consistently, I’ll just go back to that unhealthy mindset of comparing my progress to others and not wanting to continue.
By setting goals for how often I train, I’m still able to hold myself accountable and celebrate the little victories along the way.
MORE ON STRETCHIT APP
I plan to use StretchIt as my primary training guide, because the exercises are carefully crafted and varied to create muscle confusion. The app is also super easy to follow and can be adjusted to different levels of flexibility. However, I plan to supplement the app with in-studio classes, because there are only so many lessons available (about 12 for each specific course). Also, an in-studio instructor can make sure I’m keeping the right form.
The app does challenges every so often, so if you’re interested in participating in one, follow @stretchitapp on Instagram for alerts. There are no prizes, and you don’t need to sign up or anything—just follow along with their daily guides and do your best.
How is your flexibility training going? Did you also participate in the challenge? Let me know in the comments!
*Pole Positive is not affiliated with StretchIt app in any way.
*Featured photo via Pexels.