my everyday stretching routine

hey loves! for the first time in a few weeks, i finally got my wednesday post up on a wednesday! i realized that i have never done a ballet post on this blog, so i thought that today would be a great day to do one! flexibility is one of the many factors that help one improve at dance, and it is important to stretch outside of the studio sometimes. i try to stretch daily, and here is my stretching routine:

first, i do developpes to the front while laying down on the floor (usually about 10) and hold them for 10 seconds each. this helps warm my legs up for stretching.

next, i do my left split (my better one) and hold it for about 2 minutes.

then, i do my right split and hold it for about 5 minutes.

after that, i do my straddle split. depending on how much time i have, i hold it for 20 minutes (if i am free for a while) or 3 (if i am on a time crunch). after my normal straddle, i push over for about 2 minutes to get a better stretch.

i work on oversplits next. i use a stretching block now, but once i get my oversplits on that i will switch to something higher up like a chair. even though i do not have either oversplit yet, it is great to improve my regular splits.

while i do occasionally change up my routine, this is the basic one i do almost daily.

14 thoughts on “my everyday stretching routine

  1. kittyp0p says:

    I so miss the days I was taking dance and working on my splits. Now I can’t even touch my toes I’ve lost so much flexibility. I was never super flexible, but my instructors always oohed and ahhed when we would practice at the bar cause I have an over-arch in my back lol I really need to get back into stretching. That was one of my favorite parts about taking the class once a week cause it relieved so much tension and stress to push my body to those limits. Thanks so much for posting this (: I feel inspired!


  2. Janice Wald says:

    Hi Scarlett,
    I stretch all the time. My husband bought me a stretching device but I like the stretching exercises that I do. I know Tamsin who I see here.
    I met you at Naya’s blog party.
    Maybe you can check out my blog if you need any blogging tips. That’s what I write about. I blog over at
    I have blog parties like Naya’s.


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