Is your straddle more sad than sassy? Do you celebrate every inch beyond 90 degrees? Take heart, Dear Danglers – help is on the way!
The Anatomy of a Straddle
When I say “straddle”, I’m referring to the wildly indelicate position we adopt while inverting in the air, stretching our inner thighs, or falling down the stairs. It looks like this in the air…
… this while seated….
… and this while falling down the stairs.
Several factors go into whether your position is wow-worthy, namely:
- The structure of your hip joint
- The flexibility of the inner thigh muscles
- The strength of the gluteal (tushie)muscles
- How much padding you have in said area
- How many times you’ve fallen down the stairs (kidding…. mostly)
How to Make It (More) Awesome
- Stretch your inner thigh muscles while seated in a straddle. Remember: only go to strong sensation, never to pain! Now, play with the position of your torso – take it forward, over one leg, over the other, etc. Play with flexing & pointing your feet. BE GENTLE – you want to be able to walk tomorrow.
- Strengthen your “straddle pulling” muscles. Lie on your back with your legs up a wall. Straddle, and engage the muscles of your tush & outer thigh to puuuuuuuuuuuull your straddle wider. Jump around to get rid of that muscle spasm you just gave yourself. Now, do it away from the wall (for you yoga types, you can also work this from a modified shoulder stand position).
- When conditioning in the air, squeeze those same muscles you just used & see if you can get some extra inches – strength matters almost as much as flexibility!
As usual, consistency counts. Take three minutes every day for the next 30 days to work your straddle, and you’ll be thirty days closer to sittin’ pretty like Miss Hannah up there. Happy straddling, peeps! Love and pull-ups , Laura
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Many thanks to the beautiful and always sassy Miss Hannah Risner for posing for photos!
Photos: Laura Witwer