Our expert says:
Difficult one. I think there's a fine line between pushing past the point of discomfort and pushing yourself into injury and damage. As with any stretch, you do have to go beyond the point of first resistance in order to improve. But I would imagine you're doing that, so when you say you're not pushing hard, that's subjective and might mean you're underdoing it, it might not.
One question is why you are trying for this? Unless there is a very good reason (for example, you have to do a split for some sport you do), there's no point and you're only increasing the chances of getting injured anyway. So I'd question the incentive, not just the process. If you do need to do it though, then I suspect you'll need someone else to assist you, because you're pushing the body beyond "normal", and external support and assistance helps a lot, when it comes to passively stretching.
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