Ballet Lessons : How to Stretch for Leg Splits

Stretch for a leg split in ballet by warming up the hamstrings and hips with all of the plies, and do a hamstring stretch starting with the knees on the floor…

Please think: You may have noticed that these stretches were presented on the Stretches page. They are repeated here since this stretch is the proper preparation for your body prior to attempting the splits.

Stand with the feet double shoulder width wide, with the feet parallel to each other. Bend forward from the hips, keep the legs straight, and let your body hang. Let your head and neck relax. This will stretch your back and hamstring muscles. Alternatively, you can place your hands on the ground: this puts less weight and strain on your legs and back. Important: Keep your knees straight, and your hips level.

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