Contortion is built up of many different tricks, skills and postures. These are combined to create acts and routines. There are a huge verity of skills within Contortion that you can learn. These range from core, foundation skills all the way through to performer-unique poses. It’s important you understand your current ability level so you can work on appropriate skills for yourself.
Learning tricks in contortion is also more than just the poses themselves. The transition well as the execution of the trick are just as important as the static pose itself.
A lot of Contortion poses overlap in their requirements which is why starting with the foundations is key. Once you have mastered some core poses you will find that other more intermediate poses become more accessible. The key to learning new poses are progressions. Every pose can be broken down into smaller chunks or a less advanced version. Doing this means you can make small and measured improvements when learning your contortion poses.
If you’re not sure where to begin select one of the filters below to refine the poses that you’re looking at. If you’re new to contortion and flexibility training you might want to check out Getting started with flexibility training
Some key things to remember when looking for poses to work on
Remember your ability level.
Make sure that the pose you’re aiming to do is a realistic goal, this is not to say you shouldn’t aim high! Every contortion pose can be broken down into progressions. If you’re a beginner contortionist look at contortion poses for beginners. If you’ve been training for a while you should be able to figure out what sensibly fits next into your training routine.
Focus is key
Wanting to do lots and lots of poses is very common, there are a lot of cool things to try out! If you try and train everything at once your progress will be slow and frustrating. Pick one (or two goals if they are related) and put all of your focus into that. You will progress much faster that way.