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30 Days & 30 Stretches to Splits! #JourneytoSplits

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Hey guys!

Introducing your brand new 30 day challenge for July! #JourneytoSplits. I’m going to teach you how to get into the side splits in just 1 month. This will be a VERY REWARDING journey, however, you will need to show me that you are DEDICATED. Increasing your flexibility at this level TAKES TIME. A little every day.  You will need to stretch for at least 10 min a day if you’re serious about getting into the splits in 1 month. But let me assure you right now that this feat is not impossible! Get excited because we’re going to get there together :)

SO HERE’S HOW IT’S GOING TO WORK:

1. First of all I want to know that you’re IN! So, everyday from today til July 1st, I’m giving away a set of Stretch Bands to a random POPster who has posted the above graphic on their Instagram! Make sure that you hashtag #JourneytoSplits and #Blogilates for your entry to be seen! Also follow @blogilates and @poppilatesofficial.

(If you don’t have an Instagram account or don’t feel comfortable posting on your personal one, just make a new one dedicated to your fitness! Feel free to use the words “POPster”, “POP”, or “Blogilates” in your username!)

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Blogilates Stretch Bands, shopblogilates.com

2. Stick to the 30 days. Do not skip a single day. Promise? That’s how you’ll get into the splits. Every day I want you to post a picture of the pose of the day as a sign that you did your stretches. Hashtag #JourneytoSplits and #Blogilates.

3. Ok but here’s how this month’s challenge is different than The Stretch Project. Everyday I will need you to do stretches 1-5, your foundational stretches. You may not skip them. So, the first 5 days, you are doing the first 5 stretches! Then beginning day 6, you will just add one move on. So on day 6, you will do 1-5 and 6. On day 30, you will do 1-5 and 30. Get it? So you will do 6 moves a day beginning day 6.

4. How long to hold? I want you to hold each stretch for around 30 sec to 1 min per side. Total, each day you should spend around 10 min. stretching.

Yes, this is dedication! But, just like how I felt when I got into the headstand for the first time, it was PURE BLISS. You will feel so happy, accomplished, and just VICTORIOUS! Unlike losing weight or getting slimmer thighs, your goal is not driven by fitting into skinny jeans, societal pressures or vanity. It is genuinely for yourself regardless of what anyone else thinks. There’s freedom in knowing that.

At the end of each week on Friday, I will be announcing a weekly winner of a special gift from ShopBlogilates.com just for participating in the #JourneytoSplits! All the winners will be announced on @poppilatesofficial. Prizes will look something like this…

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Featured clockwise from top left:

1. POP Pilates Tank, 2. Choose to be happy Mason Jar, 3. Train Like a Beast Slippy Shoulder Sweater, 4. POP Pilates Flat Abs Fast DVD, 5. Train Insane Booty Shorts, Choose to be Happy Crew Neck Muscle Tank.

ALRIGHT!!!

Are you excited!!??? I am!! Let’s get this party started! Just post the pic and tag as many friends as you can. Let’s get everyone to get more bendy this July!

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  • aksemoran

    Hi guys, I have question. My body is super stiff, for example, I can only reach slightly above my ankle on stretching move number 2. Should I:

    – Leave my hands hanging/touch above my ankle with leg straight?
    – Or can I bend my knee a bit so I can touch the ground?

    Thanks!

    • Barbara

      This is similar to triangle pose in yoga. Look up some variations online and do those. See what feels good for you and progress further. =] I hope that helps.
      Here is a link
      http://www.yogabasics.com/asana/triangle/

      Also, as for placement of the hand you can rest your hand on you shin of your front leg to start out or you can use something like a block.

  • Rachel

    Has anyone completed this successfull?

  • steph

    after the 30 days consistently doing my stretches I will be able to do a full split????

  • Muffinita

    Hey guys, I just started out two days ago with the challenge but i have problems with the first move. My left shoulder (and all the way down under the scapula) hurts really bad while doing it, i can’t extend my arms. I did it nontheless the first day, but yesterday i just simply couldn’t, and did some other back/hamstring stretches instead. Does anyone else has this problem, or maybe some of you know what i did wrong? Thanks for the help in advance (:

    • LadyRei

      Based on my own past painful experiences, it sounds like either a)
      you are particularly tight in your arm/shoulder area, or b ) you tried
      to over extend yourself.

      If it is a case of option A: I would
      recommend doing additional shoulder and arm strengtheners and
      stretches.There several yoga poses which can help you with this or you
      could do exercises like the ones shown in this link
      (http://www.health.harvard.edu/shoulders/stretching-exercises-frozen-shoulder).

      If it is a case of option B:
      Remember each person starts at a different level. If you want to focus on the
      hamstrings do an alternative positioning for your arms. eg.on your hips,
      or stretched out in front of you towards the floor (focus on keeping
      your spine straight). If you want to do the pose as shown, then maybe go
      at a slower pace and move gradually into the pose. You may have tried
      to imitate Cassey’s level of flexibility instead of sticking to your
      own comfort zone. Try it again slowly. Try keep your shoulders down away
      from your ears, and keep your shoulder blades flat against your ribs
      and transition forward slowly. Do not take your arms further that 90
      degrees to your shoulders (i.e don’t try to go further than Cassey in
      the picture.) If its becomes uncomfortable stop or transition back to
      the point just before it became uncomfortable. It may take you a few
      sessions but you should gradually feel more comfortable and flexible as
      you continue to practice.

      I hope this helps. Enjoy your journey to the splits :) I am also trying to achieve this goal :D

    • LadyRei

      Hi :D

      Based on my own past painful experiences, it sounds like either a)
      you are particularly tight in your arm/shoulder area, or b ) you tried
      to over extend yourself.

      If it is a case of option A: I would
      recommend doing additional shoulder and arm strengtheners and
      stretches.There several yoga poses which can help you with this or you
      could do exercises like the ones shown in this link
      (http://www.health.harvard.edu/shoulders/stretching-exercises-frozen-shoulder).

      If it is a case of option B:
      Remember each person starts at a different level. If you want to focus on the
      hamstrings do an alternative positioning for your arms. eg.on your hips,
      or stretched out in front of you towards the floor (focus on keeping
      your spine straight). If you want to do the pose as shown, then maybe go
      at a slower pace and move gradually into the pose. You may have tried
      to imitate Cassey’s level of flexibility instead of sticking to your
      own comfort zone. Try it again slowly. Try keep your shoulders down away
      from your ears, and keep your shoulder blades flat against your ribs
      and transition forward slowly. Do not take your arms further that 90
      degrees to your shoulders (i.e don’t try to go further than Cassey in
      the picture.) If its becomes uncomfortable stop or transition back to
      the point just before it became uncomfortable. It may take you a few
      sessions but you should gradually feel more comfortable and flexible as
      you continue to practice.

      I hope this helps. Enjoy your journey to the splits :) I am also trying to achieve this goal :D

      • Muffinita

        Thank you so much for answering! Maybe it was a bit of both… I’ll try and work on my shoulders and later add to the repertoire. Gosh I love this community, it’s so supportive! So thanks, and i hope we both get there someday :D

  • Shayleen

    Is anyone else having issues with accessing the may calendar?

    • Hanya

      Yes, I can’t. When I try signing up it says it will send me an email to confirm, but it never does.

      • shay

        Hmm..cuz what happened to me was I had forgotten to confirm my email and once I did that it sent me the password, you have to make sure you do the steps to confirm your email

    • Muffinita

      I have gmail and I found it days later in the “promotions” section, you should check there if you haven’t already (:

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  • Erica

    So the first day, you do only stretch 1, and the second day you only do stretch 2, until day 6, then you do all 5, including 6? I’m confused, could somebody just tell me what you do each day, up till day 6? Please?

    • Oluwadupe

      You do stretches 1, 2, 3, 4 AND 5 on Day 1. Repeat for Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5. On Day 6, you do stretches 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 AND add in 6. Day 7 you do stretches 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 AND 7.

      And in Stretch 6, she has blocks on either side to help lower her into the splits, but clearly Cassey can do the splits and doesn’t need the blocks. You, however, WILL need blocks to help ease the tension off your hip joints.

      Hope that helps a little, lovely!

  • Erica

    Im confused, on day 6, she is already in the splits…

    • shay

      Well, that’s cuz she can do the splits, in our case we just do our best

  • Erica

    I’m confused, on day 6, she is already doing the splits technically…

  • marie

    is there a way to get it faster? like starting with more stretches on the first day?

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  • Emberiss

    I did the whole thing, exactly as said, held each stretch a minute each side, didn’t miss a single day, and my flexibility is so much better, but actually, I feel like my splits are worse. I did only the stretches on here and stopped doing my regular ones to try to achieve it. Did I do something wrong? Any times to try to make my second try actually work? I can do 1-5 so well they hardly feel like stretches anymore.

    • Rebeca

      I’m no expert on this but you probably gained muscle during this time and that made it harder to stretch like before.

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  • Zoe

    Hi there, I am currently in my seventh day and I don’t understand this stretch. How should I do it and which muscle should be stretched?

    • Verónica

      You should read all the instructions. Everything is well explained below the calendar.

  • Amber-May

    I a bit confused on how to do this challenge/journey. I know how to do the stretches, but are you meant to hold them for a certain amount of time?.. And do you just do one stretch a day? like for day 1 do you do stretch 1 and day 2 you do stretch 2 and so on?

    Thanks

    • Amber-May

      dont worry!!! i just watched her video on it.

    • Deanna

      She tells you how you’re supposed to proceed above:

      3. Ok but here’s how this month’s challenge is different than The Stretch Project. Everyday I will need you to do stretches 1-5, your foundational stretches. You may not skip them. So, the first 5 days, you are doing the first 5 stretches! Then beginning day 6, you will just add one move on. So on day 6, you will do 1-5 and 6. On day 30, you will do 1-5 and 30. Get it? So you will do 6 moves a day beginning day 6.
      Read more at http://www.blogilates.com/blog/2015/06/28/30-days-30-stretches-to-splits-journeytosplits/#9pwzA1GZPY461aRP.99

  • i am a 9 year-old and i need to know how to do splits in 10 munites

    • Mallely Liliana Rivero

      It is not possible

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