Eiko, queen of the pancake split
Her goal is to teach everyone to do a split, and the almost mythical aura that permeates every conversation about her seems to demonstrate that she is succeeding in her aim.
Code word: flexibility
This was the fuse that ignited in Eiko the desire to do something to improve her degree of elasticity. She started to study the type of stretching exercises that would have helped her to be able to perform a pancake split, or a split performed bringing to the ground also the upper part of the body.
On the ground of her personal experience, and having achieving the desired result, Eiko developed a method that was immediately very successful among her students. The promise was ambitious: anyone could learn to split in just one month.
Everybody wants to do the split
Now, one question seems more than justified: are there really so many people who want to learn how to do the split? It seems so, although limiting to this the reasons for the incredible popularity of Eiko’s book "Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits: A Four-Week Stretching Plan to Achieve Amazing Health" would be reductive.
The secret? constant exercise
But in Eiko's words the secret to achieve this in such a short time sounds obvious: a few minutes of exercise, every day.
Her plan includes two minutes of training per day, to be spent in two exercises that remain unchanged for the duration of the program, plus a third in which you perform different stretching exercises or yoga positions every week.
Therefore, it is not surprising to imagine that the very simplicity Eiko’s method is at the origin of its success. In an article published by The Times in September 2017, a British author makes an interesting parallel between the work of Eiko and the training method of the English Olympic cycling team: both would be guided by the principle of marginal growth, which in the case of the split would sound more or less like
Stretch your legs out as much as you can, then stretch them out some more. Keep trying until you can.