Welcome to Day 8 of #aloforearmsfordays 💪🏼 From here on out, we're going to put all of our foundation work to use and start to play with some shapes upside-down. Our natural tendency in pincha is towards arching the back so we're going to go with that and start with SCORPION tomorrow. If you're newer to pincha, you might have some luck in this shape because it's a bit of a counterbalance between the chest and feet.
I'm guilty of kicking up and over into this too fast, bending my knees right away and trying to get my toes to my head (to date, this has never happened). In my video, I'm trying to show you the "right" way to enter into scorpion. Notice how I extend my legs straight and try to find as much length as I can before bending my knees. (Ok, so I barely did this 😅 because it's super intense on my low back.) 😬
Once you bend your knees, you have to engage your hamstrings like CRAZY! I mean so much that they will likely cramp up. That's how your toes will eventually reach your head, (given that your hips and everything are open enough too) but if you're new to this, don't worry so much about that now. Just work on finding some balance in this shape. You can also give stag legs a try. This is basically a half scorpion and the legs act as a counterbalance so it can be a great way to start to find some balance. ⚖️
📌 A couple great preps (see slide):
1️⃣ Work camel at the wall. If you look at camel, it resembles scorpion, right!? Reach back and find the wall and then straighten through your arms and press into it. If you're like me, you might start to panic and want to bail right away, but try to stay there and breathe for as long as you can!
2️⃣ Come about a foot and a half away (play with the distance) from the wall and kick up taking your feet to the wall, straighten your legs, try to walk them down, press into your feet and try to pull your chest through your arms. Again, stay here and breathe. Whether beginner or advanced, this is a great way to eventually deepen your scorpion. From here, you can play with bending one knee and then the other!
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