Can a 27-Year-Old Train Herself How to Do the Splits?

Experiment time! AKA summer is ending and I need an indoor hobby and I need more reasons to blog.

I’ve never been able to do the splits, unless that weird memory I have of doing the splits in tights in the hallway of my childhood home is real, but I’m pretty sure that is a tall tale that I tricked myself into being true.

In high school and college, I was so inflexible–


I was so inflexible that I couldn’t even touch my toes! I don’t think I could even reach my ankles, honestly. I played sports and was fairly in shape, but my string bean body had the flexibility of my parents negotiating my curfew in high school. And by that, I mean NO FLEXIBILITY AT ALL! *teenage angst*

I’ve gotten much better in the past few years. I made a point to stretch most nights before bed starting in my later college years, and eventually I got into yoga. I’m not the most limber person, but I can easily touch my toes
and I try to stretch regularly.

But there is always room for improvement!

Obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this blog post.

My goal is to improve my splits-ability by the end of the year. That gives me 17 weeks. I plan to do my stretches at least 3 times per week, and track my progress weekly. Here is my current splits status:

Not very good! I don’t even know how to “correctly” get into the splits and this picture makes me look like a damn fool. To be fair, I felt like a damn fool too. Pictures don’t lie! This Sammerz has her work cut out for her.

My research (AKA skimming the first page of Google results) indicate the obvious: stretch your legs and hips, do it often, and keep doing it. Down dogs, lizards, and other stretches named after animals. This article from POPSUGAR was extremely helpful, mostly because it has pictures of the stretches you should do. It seems to incorporate a lot of yoga positions too, which is great. I can’t wait to be the show off in future yoga classes that I attend.

Actually there weren’t many other helpful posts, but this one on wikiHow made me laugh, but is also informative.

I must stretch now, and decide if I need to add a goal of becoming a wikiHow model.