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Learn How to Do the Splits in One Day

Updated on April 3, 2017
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Learning how to do the splits in one day can be a difficult goal to achieve, but with a little patience and by following a few simple rules it can be done if your body is flexible enough. Some people are just naturally more flexible than others and they can find it easier to accomplish. Know your body’s limits and don’t injure yourself, but almost anyone can do at least a near “split” if they try. This hub will outline some simple steps to follow if you want to learn how to do the splits in one day.


1. Begin in the morning and prepare yourself.

You will want to get started early in the day so that you can pace yourself. Remember, have the turtle mentality of “slow and steady wins the race” for this. If you want to learn how to do the splits in one day in one hour, then you will end up hurting yourself. After all, it’s just the splits! It is not worth beating yourself up about it if you can’t do them like an Olympic gymnast right away.

To prepare yourself, get up early on a Saturday or Sunday, wait for your breakfast to digest then you can start with the initial steps. Wear some flexible clothing that will not obstruct your limb movement. For instance, sweat pants or even in your underwear will work just fine. Obviously, clothing like a stiff pair of jeans are out of the question if you want to do a proper split.


2. Find a location and stretch properly.

After you have your wardrobe figured out and breakfast over with, then it’s time to get down to business. Find a floor that has no clutter around it and enough room for you to spread out on. You don’t want to hurt yourself by sitting on the TV remote or banging a knee on a table nearby.

In your ideal location, it’s time to start stretching! Again, when doing a stretch, it is important not to rush anything or to use any abrupt motions. It would be terrible to pull a hamstring or injure something, so take your time. Focus on stretching all muscle groups in your legs, however it is advisable to slowly stretch your back, obliques, shoulders and other parts of your body as well for precautionary measures. You’ll be more prepared for doing the splits and also much more flexible.


3. Work up to a full split.

Now for the tough part. Body positioning is essential if you want to show you know how to do splits in one day. Move your legs out in front of you, more than 90 degrees apart -- if you can. If you cannot move them farther then that’s okay. Remember we’re just getting started. Keep your back straight and move your hands out along the floor in front of you.

Next, you will want to rock your hips slowly and gradually move your legs further out past the 90-degree angle you started with. Your goal is to spread your straightened legs as close to 180 degrees as possible over time. The important detail is not to do this in one sitting or else you will end up hurting yourself – or simply give up because it isn’t possible to do it the first time unless you are Gumby.

After about ten minutes of this action, stop and take a break. The key, if you want to learn how to do the splits in one day, is repetition over gradual intervals throughout the day to increase flexibility. Do some shores around the house, walk the dog or watch some TV. Relax for twenty to thirty minutes, get back on your floor position and start at “step 2” again, but go slightly further than you did before. Repeat this process until you have finally achieved your goal of doing the splits – or as close to what your body will permit you to do. Remember the mantra of the turtle, “slow and easy wins the race” and by the end of the day you can do the splits – or at least get closer to doing them than before.

By following these tips, you will learn how to do the splits in one day if you are persistent and patient with the process.

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      I did learn to do the splits many years ago - I gave myself more than a day to do it though! If I tried it now, I doubt I would ever get up.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Yikes, I think it would take me more than a day to attempt this, given my age. Voting this Up and Useful though.

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      bianca 5 years ago

      Im only 12 i wanna do a split

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      Chandryclaire 4 years ago

      Wow. I am going to try your suggestions and see if I can do the splits in one day. I do pilates right now and I am getting great results. Thanks for info. It's one of my odd life goals to learn how to do the splits:-)

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      Maddie 4 years ago

      I want to do this!!!!!!

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      Renicica 4 years ago

      i am 11 and i want to do the splits

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      Morgan 4 years ago

      I am 10 and I used to do gymnastics but I want to do it again

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      Beyonce 4 years ago

      I'm 30 and want to do a split

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      madison 4 years ago

      this how to is only for the middle splits though not left and right. for those you need to physically do the splits and keep stretching

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      Nicole 4 years ago

      This was O.K. but i didn't learn how to do it:(

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      lola 4 years ago

      this was good but i couldn't do the splits so sad i wanted to show my friends that i could do the plits

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      hamdi abdi 4 years ago

      splits it is so easy i am a boy and i learn splits in one day i will teach my firend in school

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      sally k 4 years ago

      i'm a girl i have learnt it ever since i was a baby i play backetball do cheerleadind play soccer am a A+ runner not to show off!!!!!!my friend at school can do it like i can. see yaa woulden't want to be yaa.:) sally out

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      haven 4 years ago

      i love splits i used to go to dance class and i learned how to do a split but i lost my flexibility im about to try this progream but i hope i get it.

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      taylor 3 years ago

      I am 11 and i know how to do everything else but a full spilt i am in gymnastics

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      tia 3 years ago

      Its awesome. I'm gonna do it.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Very interesting, worth to try. Voted up!

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      Carlin 3 years ago

      It took me 3 months to get both of my left and right front splits. Now I have to jump the hurtle of middle splits,but I should be okay since I'm already halfway there. This seems useful. C: I'll try it more often.

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      werewolf_moon 2 years ago

      Im scarred what if i never get fo do the splits i have tried for about three month and i can't do them im only 13

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      potato 2 years ago

      I just can't remember to do them everyday :P

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      fishstick 22 months ago

      I wanna try this! My friend learned how to do the splits by just stretching and I am determined to do them!

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      Bree 22 months ago

      im in dance and I could do the splits even in my skinny jeans. But then I didn't do them all the way down and now I can only do them on the stairs. On top of that I have a bad posture while doing them on the floor.

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      Cece 19 months ago

      I can do the splits while jumping in the air know. I learned how to do it in ten minutes

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      Elizabeth Everhart 15 months ago

      I can't do them and I've been trying for six mounths

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      Tish 12 months ago

      It really worked

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