Could You Be a Contortionist?

Cirque du Soleil performers bend and twist their bodies into unimaginable positions. Assistant director of performance medicine for Cirque du Soleil, Kerry Gordon, explains how contortionists attain their amazing flexibility and strength. Could you be a contortionist? Test your flexibility at home.

Watch a performance from Cirque du Soleil’s “O,” and test your flexibility.

See miraculous muscle strength as brothers from “Mystere” balance on each other’s hands and feet.

Build up your super-human strength:
Pushups develop the muscles in your arms and your chest.

• Squats condition your thighs and gluteal muscles.
• Power yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, stamina and strength.