This week, I'm sharing one of my all-time favorite exercises, a staple in nearly every real-life class I teach. At first glance, the Straddle to Candlestick may seem deceptively simple, but nailing it requires finesse and precision.
This exercise, designed to enhance your inversions and elevate that crucial hip lift at the top of your inversion, holds the key to sustaining a strong inversion. If your hips are too low, it's difficult to sustain the inversion for very long and can result in hooking your knee on your hands if your following skill calls for that.
Check out the detailed breakdown in the video below!
Straddle to Candlestick step-by-step:
Begin from an inversion between the silks (optional wrist locks for support). Widen your collar bones as you gently draw your shoulder blades together for an active upper back.
Actively press your forearms toward your inner thighs as you meet your legs together between the poles, the goal is not to touch your feet or legs on the poles at all.
Turn out your legs from your hips as you open your legs and return to straddle.
Aim to keep your hips stacked above your ribcage throughout and try to avoid 'plopping' down.
Repeat 5-10x in a row.
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