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Laine Rinehart

Straddle L

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Laine Rinehart

Hello,

I am trying to find ways to increase my strength in my ashtanga practice and feel like the straddle l is a movement(though not traditional) that could fit within the context of the practice. There's a pose in primary series called upavistha konasana which is essentially a pancake stretch which would provide an opportunity to work on this movement with the ultimate goal of being able to do stalder press. I'm a little confused as to what is considered a straddle l as some pictures clearly seem to show the gymnast squeezing the inner thigh onto the arms and others where it's not. What is considered to be the truer technique and although I am imagining the first to be easier I would ideally like to learn it the proper way. Can one squeeze the legs onto the arms as a way to progress towards the other version? Thanks

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Stephen Majerle

The legs should not rest on the arms during a straddle L. You can use other exercises to build strength that will carry over to the straddle L, but that wouldn't generally include resting the legs on the arms.

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Laine Rinehart

Good to know and thanks for the replies. I will work on hip flexors and the progressions I am aware of. I can straddle press to handstand but is there much carry over from that to straddle l? I can only hold straddle l(w/o squeezing onto my arms) for about 4 secs. I guess I should work on this a lot more. Also I've been experimenting with straddle l holds with my back against the wall to act as a way to displace weight in order to hold it longer. I feel like this is okay since you can keep the legs lifted but am not sure if this is detrimental towards further progress

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