Online Splits Course 30 Lessons
What is the Fast Split Mastery Certification Course
In one sentence it's a combination of my life’s work, put together into a simple to understand system, to get splits fast and easily maintain them.
But the story begins decades earlier.
A little kid growing up in a very angry poor place. There was never enough food, clothing, freedom, etc. Everyone was sick, tired and upset. As an expression of that, each person would take out their frustration on someone smaller. I was at the bottom of the food chain.
One day a friend of mine told me about someone called Bruce Lee. "He is below average height, and skinny, but no one messes with him". I asked, "Really? How does he do it?”. "He knows Martial Arts”, my friend said. He explained to me that there is a way to defend yourself, by knowing how to move and do various techniques.
So naturally a pre-teen me set out to find a teacher, a club, anything.
Here is the funny part. Where I lived, Martial Arts was illegal. The closest I could get was Boxing, Wrestling and Fencing. We played some mean dodge ball, but that's another story.
I was very much drawn to kicking, but there was no one who could teach me. The best I could do was to try to copy what I saw in the movies. I developed some incorrect kicks as the result.
Fast forward few years and I am in the United States. I am still practicing weird kicks. They don't look like Bruce Lee’s or Chuck Norris’, even though I am practicing everyday.
Finally I get my father to call a local martial arts school. They charged $20 dollars for the first two lessons plus free uniform. Later on I found out that they charged $75 dollars a month. However my father with his English at the time, got the cost wrong. (He thought it was $20 for every 2 lessons) His salary was $5/hour so martial arts lessons were out of the question.
I tried to get a job, but was rejected everywhere I applied.
As time passed by I knew that my kicks looked off, but I was more concerned about kicking height and position of my torso. I really did not know what to do, till one day it came to me.
I was watching Blood Sport.
Van Damme’s Master kept stretching him into a split. From that moment on I knew. I needed a split. So I started to split. I had no idea what I was doing, but I kept pushing and pushing and pushing. I relied on the stretches I learned before, but they were very harsh. I was very lucky looking back.
This fortunate turn of events prevented a major injury. You see my school was a long walk away. I used to stretch, when I came home. That long, brisk walk, would warm up my legs. Had I tried to stretch that hard- cold, I probably would have snapped something.
So I ended up getting a split, the old fashion way. It took a lot of pain, a lot of time (a year and a half) and a lot of effort. But I got it. A few times I had minor pulls, so I would stop and come back.
Guess what? My kicks got higher.
At that moment I knew the importance of flexibility and I never forgot it.
Skipping forward a little bit, I have an after-school job. (Stock Boy in a local pharmacy). I finally enroll in Martial Arts. The cost of tuition, uniform, testing, etc. I am paying part and my parents are paying part.
This was the official start of my "kicking" martial arts training. At this point I have an advantage over other students.
I am flexible and they are not. My stances are better, my kicks are better. I am craving for knowledge, so anything I learn, I go home and drill for hours.
Flexibility alone gave me a head start.
Other students asked me if I could help them. Everyone wanted a split. Even students who were not serious about training. I guess for the "show off", "party trick purposes" they still wanted it.
They thought I was an expert in flexibility, just because I could do a split. But guess what... all I could tell them was to keep pushing, keep doing it, “one day it will happen”.
Then they would ask me “How long did it take you?” I would say about a year and a half. Hearing that, they were discouraged. My instructors were saying the same thing. "It takes a long time". "It takes a long time".
Somewhere in the middle of all this an idea was born. "People really want splits" - "If I could teach them to do it, they would enroll in my classes". This idea stayed with me all the way through college.
In college I spoke to various professors. Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Human Movement, Exercise Physiology, Motor Learning, etc. Anyone with education or experience in training. “Do you have any advice on stretching”, I would ask.
You know what I heard back??? “Yes, hold a stretch for 30 seconds. Eventually it will come”. "Yeah…”, I thought to myself, it will come, but not 30 seconds per stretch, one time. Many, many times. Like I did, and very, very slowly. This was my experience and the experience of many others’ who asked me to help them stretch.
However all was not in vain. I did learn the science of human body, which my future research and discoveries would be based on.
One of the professors suggested something called PNF. She did not suggest it to me actually, but to the whole class. We did a lesson on stretching. We partnered up and did a straight legged hamstrings stretch, in supine position (on the back).
Stretch the hams, contract against resistance at full stretch. Stretch a little bit more. Do the same for the antagonist (contract the hip flexors and quads) and stretch. It worked, just a tiny bit, but it worked. The largest problem was that results did not stick. You get a little more flexible and then the next day or 2 days later (whenever stretching again), it was the same thing. Starting where you started before. No progress was retained from the previous training session.
And of course more than one person pulled their hamstrings, walking funny the next day. This naturally reaffirmed their belief in "slow, relaxed stretches, that should never be forced".
My next discovery came with the sequencing of stretches. In kinesiology I learned that adductors (save for Adductor Magnus Ischial) are hip flexors. So a crude, but rather groundbreaking experiment at that time worked. Having stretched the adductors first, allowed to stretch the hip into extension deeper, as opposed to just doing a lunge stretch without hitting the adductors first.
Other examples of this principle, allowed a deeper hams stretch if piriformis and adductor magnus were hit first, etc. This was already a progress. I was able to provide better results, though these results were not sticking too well. They were retained, but not at the level where they were visible day to day. And that is what I wanted. To witness improvement every day.
However, early on at this point a few principles were adopted and they began to show progress:
- Proper Conditioning.
- Proper Warm Up.
- Muscle Sequencing.
- Contraction of Agonists and Antagonists.
- Short Duration Stretches (unless it's Cool Down).
This method alone carefully outlined and thoroughly presented, got thousands of people splits.
My biggest problem was… time.
Most people drop a project if they don't see constant encouragement, constant results. And even with this method, results were not drastically evident and not super fast. They were much, much faster than how I got them. More pleasant, less painful, less effort demanding. This means more people kept training and more got their splits.
However, just like Bill Gates wanted everyone to have a PC and Steve Jobs wanted everyone to have an iPhone, I wanted everyone to be as flexible as they wanted, without limit. With systematic, observable progress. I did not have a fast method for that. Definitely faster, but not fast.
At this time I was getting multiple emails a day from people who used my method and were very happy with progress. Still instinctively I knew that it could be done faster. I did not khow how yet, but I had a hunch.
One day I stumbled on something that would change stretching forever.
A swimmer friend of mine asked me to help him with his shoulder. He wanted a better internal rotation. He was on the side, with his arm abducted at 90 degrees. He tried to forcefully push the hand to the floor. Nothing was happening. I was sitting on a chair, thinking of what he could do. Then he shifted position for whatever reason: he turned his chest to the floor, creating a horizontal flexion. Than he came back to where he was and his arm turned in more.
Having studied and taught Kinesiology something clicked in my head at that moment. You see the same muscles that do horizontal extension (opposite of that little move that he did by accident), they also do the external rotation (opposite of the direction he wanted to stretch in).
I asked him to do that again. He did not. So I laid down on the floor and did it myself. Bam! In a split second I had increased the flexibility of my shoulder in the internal rotation. I tried the other arm. I held a passive, relaxed stretch and nothing. Shoulder not moving. I tried to move chest down,and as I came back, the shoulder went deeper.
This was the moment! Knowing the science of how the body moves, I was able to find the right position for each muscle to be optimally stretched and to test this theory.
It worked. Flawlessly.
Each and every time. For every muscle. Next I needed to test this on others. I did. The amazed faces people made after trying my techniques, were priceless.
Now I knew how to stretch any muscle. But people don't want to stretch a muscle. People want a skill. For example a split is many muscles that require stretching. A kick is many muscles. Even an overhead, vertical arm position implies multiple well elongated muscles to make it happen. Again kinesiology came to the rescue. All I had to do was break the skill down into individual muscles and stretch them one by one. At the rapid pace that each muscle stretched, developing flexibility for the whole skill became piece of cake.
So kinesiology helped me twice. In its honor, I called the stretching techniques "Kinesiological Stretching Techniques" (KST).
At this point I came closer to my goal of making everyone flexible fast.
There was one little problem. Flexibility retention. At this point, I could take anyone and visibly improve their flexibility in one training session. I could improve it more than relaxed stretches, than PNF, etc... but comes tomorrow, and we start almost from square one. In other words, I take your straddle side split from 90 degrees to 110 degrees for example. And next day, you are at 90 again. At this rate, you will get discouraged. Yes, you will be happy to see progress while training, but then starting in virtually the same place the next day and day after day, and day after day...
Retaining your gains is crucial. I needed to figure this out.
At this point Kinesiological Stretching is taking off. Everyone is using the techniques. Martial Artists, Dancers, Gymnasts, even various ball players. They work super as a warm up. If you are throwing a ball or kicking with extra range of motion in your hip or shoulder, imagine how much better your game is. But I did not want this method to be just the new warm up. I wanted a system to get everyone flexible fast. I couldn’t get that out of my mind.
The last piece of the puzzle comes together, when I observe athletes use KST. I was asked to do flexibility work with martial artists and dancers. Seeing a chance to learn more, I accepted. And learn more, I did. I have taught at a number of different places. Some were just a "stretching class" as they called it; I stretch the students and they went home. In other places I would stretch them and they would dance or spar or do “kata” later.
There was a difference in retention of flexibility. Students who only came to stretch, came back less flexible than the ones who stretched and then trained after.
This was the retention I was looking for. Students who practiced after stretching, have got the musculoskeletal and nervous system to accept the new-deeper range of flexibility as normal and natural. While those who just stretched, have simply told the body, "you can go into this range, after stretching only, for only short a period of time, and then you come back to where you were before stretching".
Feeling that my system was close to completion, I began to test various exercises that would be best for retention. I tested many exercises for each muscle group, for each joint and for each skill.
Utilizing this system, I set out to answer a question that bugged me years. Actually it bugged my costumers and clients for years, but it bugged me more because I could not answer it for them.
“How fast can I get a split?”
People don't like to hear: "I don't know". The second you say that, they think you don't know what you’re talking about. From an instructor’s perspective it's not a good position. They come to you for knowledge and guidance and you don't know. But how can you know? What are you basing it on? You have one student who did it in 2 months and one who did it in 6. One in 4.5 and one in 7. They began at different starting points. So do you just add them together and divide by the number of students? It's kind of frustrating.
But now I have a clear answer. Practice my method for a few sessions and I can tell you.
It's very simple, now that all the tools are there. Second grade math really.
Say you start at 90 degrees. And say at the end of the session you are at 110. Next workout you start at 95. That's 5 degrees. Next one you start at 98, that's 3 degrees. Next one you start at 102. That's 4 degrees progress. So we are calculating when you will start at 180 (as opposed to end at 180, when warmed up). We can say: 5+3+4=12 and 12/3=4. So you will progress on average 4 degrees per session. 180 (Goal) - 90 (where you start now) =90 (how many degrees left) 90/4=22.5, say 23. That is 23 sessions. If you train every other day, that is 46 days.
Knowing "the future" or "how long", helps students a lot. Even if they progress 1.5 degrees a session, they still like knowing approximately when they can upload a picture of themselves doing a full split on their Instagram or Facebook.
So this is the story of this method.
If you want to be the "Fast Splits Teacher", to your students or to yourself, here is what you get when you order this certification:
30 Lessons. Which includes a bonus. Free Original EasyFlexibility Training Certification (EFTC)
This is a foundations to general Kinesiological Stretching Techniques and we want you to have it, as a bonus.
This could be the last possible destination to your split training and split teaching.
Because everyone who uses this program starts seeing results fast. Most people progress at a rate of 10 degress a month. (Full Split is 180 degrees)
How is this calculated and proven?
- One: We tested volunteers. Friends AND Costumers were offered classes, some which are included in the seminar as sample classes.
- Two: Our Beta Testing Teachers tested their students. These classes are available in the ElasticSteel University Network.
- Three: We have an app that measures Splits angles and tracks progress. It's free and you can join thousands using it and tracking their progress. It's a great motivation tool for students and teachers alike. Feels great to know that what you are doing is working and you are on the way to full splits. AND you know when you will get your splits. Yes, the app calculates that too.
So why is this program so incredibly effective?
Because: There is no mystery. There is no guessing.
- For each split, you know exactly what muscle you need to stretch.
- Exactly how to stretch it.
How many times to do it.
- Exactly when.
- Exactly how often.
- Everything has been tested and retested and tested over again. Everything has been confirmed to work.
What you are getting with EasySplits Course is SPEED. Speed of progress. You want to see results each time? This is the method to do it.
You are also getting 'retention':
The notion of retention is a 6,000 pound Elephant in the Room. Anyone can get you few degrees more flexible. Anyone who knows a few things about stretching. As your body warms up, it loosens up. That is no secret. The BIG questions is; can you retain that flexibility? If you could, you would not be needing this seminar. You would have had your splits by now and so would everyone else. But the BIG BUT, here is when you cool down, you are tight again, as if no stretching took place.
The founder of the method wrestled with this for a long time, till gradually discovering and perfecting a solution. What is that solution that allows you to keep flexibility?
Special Strength and movement exercises spliced skillfully into the a well tailored routine.
The next thing you are getting, which is actually one of the most important things you are getting is safety. Nothing slows down the progress like an injury. You can almost have your split and BAM. Pull something. Muscles tighten up. Now you either stretch it and make it worse, and having to stop eventually anyway or waiting for weeks or months (depending on injury) to come back.
How does this system keep you safe and moving forward?
Special warm up exercises, well designed progression and a proper relationship of strength/flexibility ratio development.
Thousands of people around the world have used our DVD's alone to get their splits. However the DVD's are several years old. We are a research company, so we don't sit around. In the last 4 years. We have developed new techniques and improved the old. The largest contribution to high rate of stretching development has been a giant leap in flexibility retention.
This course allows the teacher to learn the method inside out. To really know. To know as much as the founder knows. To remove any vagueness from the path to full split.
Honestly though, this course is not for everyone. Especially not for a regular person who wants to get a little more flexible. It's for sports/fitness professionals. This course is an investment of time and money, just like any other course that is teaching something unique and useful.
24 lessons, is a lot of information. For those who join the ElasticSteel Univerity Network, the EFTC (Kinesiological STretching Course) is additional 6 lessons- given free. That is total of 30 lessons. That is a large course and takes about 1 month to complete. (Not a 8 hour fly-by, weekend worshop).
Why would someone spend such a long time to take this course?
There are usually three reasons.
- To help students improve. Regardless of what you teach dance or gymnstics or cheerleading. Lack of flexibility holds your students or athletes back. It's no secret. You want them to improve, you want them to win. No more needs to be said.
- To learn stretching in great depth. Learning is opposite to guessing. You could be one of the many people who is tired of guessing. What to do, what not to do. Does this work, does that work? ... This course presents all the cutting edge info to you on the silver platter. You get the point.
- To start earning extra income. This may not be as "honorable" as the two reasons above, but we live in society where more income does not hurt, actually helps. Many of the beta teachers started splits classes in their studios. A split class is just a class focused on the splits. If you still don't know how popular splits are, you may be in the wrong place. Everyone wants them. A split class is the easiest class to fill with students.
Yet another great reason: a special platform we have developed, called ElasticSteel University Network.
This platform allows our certified instructors to upload videos of their classes. How is that extra income? Simple. Under normal circumstances, you teach a class. You get paid for it. That's it. You never get paid for it again. BUT, if you put a camera in the corner and record it, you can get paid for it forever. To do that, you upload it to the platform. Thousands of people visit the platform, looking for new classes. They register and take your class and you get paid for it. If the class is good and ranks high, many people view it. You get paid per person.
The course teaches you how create your own unique classes. (Or teach standard ones, if you like).
If you are interested in extra income platform, here is how it works in short.
Once you upload your lesson into the platform, it costs $2 to watch that lesson to the subscriber. (10 lessons cost $20). You get half of that, $1, we get half for running the platform, and signing people up. If a person likes you they watch all 10 lessons that month that you uploaded. That is $10 per person. 10 people get you $100 a month. 100 people get you $1,000 a month. 200-$2,000 ; 300-$3,000.
Remember it's a passive income. Do it once and that's it, your work is done and we do everything else. Maintain the site, advertise you, get subscribers, etc.
If you are interested in the course. Here is a very short summary of what it contains:
Below you will find a brief description of the course contents:
1- Anatomy and Kinesiology of Splits
In this course you will learn the latest scientific approaches to mastering all 3 splits. The first lesson is an in-depth kinesiological analysis for each split: true front, open front and side splits. You will also get an overview of the modalities and combination of techniques used in the course.
2- Splits Specific Conditioning
Proper Conditioning allows the muscles "to listen to you", recover quicker, and minimize the chance of injuries if you were to overdo on something. In this second lesson we present 3 different difficulty level workouts for the purposes just mentioned. While the focus is on the lower body, upper body is also targeted.
3- Warm Up for Splits Training
While this sounds simple and self explanatory, not all warm ups are the same. Jumping jacks or jump rope is better than no warm up at all, but it's not as effective as split specific warm up. So we made a full lesson on this.
4- Kinesiological Stretching Techniques
These techniques break each split into the individual muscles participating in each split. They are then targeted one by one, using special exercises. Lessons 3, 6 and 9 focus on each individual split.
5- Movement and Habituation Techniques
Once the body is warmed up and muscles are stretched, movement takes place in the newly formed range, for the neuromuscular and nervous system to accept the new position as normal and comfortable.
6- Reciprocal Inhibition and Alternating Contract Release
These techniques trick the mechanisms that prevent stretching, allowing the joint angles to open up. A 17 minute long lesson containing over 10 exercises show you how to do this.
7- Specialized Strength Exercises (Extended Length Conditioning, Antagonist Short Length Conditioning and Peripheral Conditioning)
These exercises develop strength for various muscles participating in the splits. Depending on their position, they may be contracting in short, long or neutral ranges. Overall these exercises develop pliability (more flexibility at the start of the workout and faster progress to deep ranges). They also allow to move past the deep ranges. Lessons 4, 7 and 10 teach the strength techniques for each split.
8- Sample Lessons
We recorded 9 full lessons, 3 for each kind of split. This lesson were made so that you see several different practical applications of the techniques in real life contexts and with people from different skill levels and backgrounds.
9- Relaxed Stretching: Cool Down Routines
It is not recommended to try to increase flexibility every day. In other words Kinesiological Stretching techniques and other techniques that amplify flexibility should not be done 7 days a week. However relaxed stretches should be performed to cool down and speed up recovery. You will learn how to do this, and you will be able to pick 3 different difficulty levels.
* Special Bonus *
As a bonus we are giving away our Routine Planner Application.
The application helps you create perfect lesson plans in seconds. You can use the vast variety of exercises we teach or get creative and add your own, based on the concepts learned in the course. All the exercises are listed by categories and you can quickly select them, without having to memorize each one. All the cues and directions are right at your fingertips:
You can vary the programs and keep them fresh and fun at the click of a button. The awesome thing is, the "Automatic Routine!" button will create the whole routine, including warmup, stretches, strengthening, movement exercises and cool down by selecting the difficulty level or by letting the application pick the exercises randomly. It will take a few seconds to build it and it will give you a PDF file ready to print out or carry with you in your phone or tablet.