There’s a lot of things I love about training, but one sensation comes very close to an out-of-body experience, and that is training overflexibility. Overflexibility training develops flexibility to a degree that that you can not achieve using just your bodyweight and a floor. For example, you work overflexibility in your right side split by using objects to raise your right leg or left leg or both to surpasses a 180 degrees angle.
I have not worked overflexibility in almost two years. After the surprising flexibility gains that accompanied my loss of six kilograms in the last two months, I decided that it was time to get a little more exigent in my training.
This week, I started raising my front leg a foot off the ground, and have already acclimatised to the new amplitude. It is about time to see how far I can take this! I wonder how much my diet affected my flexibility. It is possible that interfibre fat cells in muscle tissue somehow hampers mobility? Is there such a thing as interfibre fat cells? Are the tissue layers sequestered? Any physiolologists out there?
I forgot to mention the best part of overflexibility: dessert. After working all your oversplits for a good minute or so, you hold a normal (180 degree) split on the floor for… well, for as long as you want, really. This is the out-of-body sensation that I mentioned above. You know that your body is in an uncomfortable position, but you feel absolutely comfortable. It’s like switching bodies with a contortionist for a few minutes.