[TRAINING] Contortion and Handstand Training at LVCC, Las Vegas

Back on the training wagon…

Sometimes regular contortion training takes a backseat to other gigs. Glad to finally be back where my heart belongs 🙂

Here are some of my recent contortion training videos from my days at the Las Vegas Circus Center.

Some days I’m squishy-er than others. Some days my balance is better than others. Overall skills are returning nicely after taking a little time off.

Practicing the same sequences over and over is really helpful. Reminding the body how to get from point A to point B, engage certain muscle groups, relax others, and just gaining stamina.

Technique is key. It’s easy to contort incorrectly without proper training on form. Our bodies naturally choose the path of least resistance. Since the lumbar spine (low back) is naturally more mobile than the thoracic spine (middle back), it’s often easier to dump into the low back… until you start experiencing lots of nagging low back pain, or even pinched nerves. Controlling the femurs is one of the best ways to correct form and protect the low back.

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Contortion handstand with femurs externally rotated. Extension enhanced through hips and low back.
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Femurs internally rotated, hips engaged. Extension accessed through upper and middle back, better active flexibility.
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Squeezing the knees together, pulling hips forward to open the upper back.
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Pushing down through the tops of the shoulders. Again, pulling hips forward and controlling the femurs.

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