By: John Stevens | Nov 10 2010 | 326 words | 506839 hits
Meet Zlata, the former Russian gymnast, is among the world’s best contortionists. Zlata realized she had the amazing talent when she was four years old. At the height of 1m79 and the weight of 58 kilos, Zalate uses most of her day working out and training for shows around the world.
Contortion is an unusual form of physical display which relates to the dramatic blending and flexing of the human body. Contortionists often have unusual natural flexibility which is then improved through gymnastic training. Most contortionists are divided into frontbenders or backbenders depending on the direction in which their spine is more flexible. One of the most favorite acts of Zlata is bending herself backwards at a perfect 90 degree angle. The act nearly cuts her in half so the back of her hands can touch her heels.
Meet Zlata, 24 year old, puts herself inside a fridge. She has been performing this act for 10 years
Zlata can even bend herself into 50cm-square boxes
Zlata’s tendons are so pliable that she can adopt seemingly back-breaking positions for lengthy periods of time
According to Zlata, doing these acts is very natural to her unless she has to hold a pose for a long time in photo shoots. Zlata doesn’t really go on diet but she has to practice very hard to keep muscles in shape and to be as flexible as possible.
Doing these acts is very easy to Zlata
In the past, Zlata wasn’t proud of her ability. The first performance of her talent is when her teacher asked her to create a bridge. In order to create the bridge, she successfully stood on her hands and feet with her back arched. Many female schoolfellows were jealous of her and didn’t like how good she was. Zlata gave up gymnastics and took part in a school where she learnt the art of contortionism.
The contortionist can bend herself at a 90 degree angle
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