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What types of contortionists are there?
Either a contortionist is are a "front bender" or a "back bender" and all the facets of the act are built on these movements and the ability to hyperextend or hyper flex the spine. The front bender is many times the "funny man" as he can take up ludicrous positions and perform amusing feats like placing the feet around the neck while standing on one hand. This doesn't mean that men can't be good back benders. There are men that can do better backbends than any woman and to know whether you're one of them the only way to find out is to do the exercises and in time see. In contrast to the front bender the back bender or "posturer" has a more serious act. It's often a woman, but as I said it doesn't have to be like that. The back bender performs specialty acts or incorporates the abilities into a graceful dance routine.
To get back to the question the answer is, as you can see, anyone. What makes the difference is that to be good you have to practice daily and the more the better. One day of inactivity will result in a marked stiffening of the joints. However this is something that happens in any type of activity. Practicing is the key to being good. So why not begin? You don't know what you've been missing.
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