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Suggestions for flexibility

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by Swattie, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. Swattie

    Swattie Cry Havoc

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    Does anyone have any routines to increase flexability? I am wanting to change that as I am not very flexable at all.
     
  2. California Jack

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    Overhead squats. But of course, what would a bodybuilder know?
     

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    Not static stretching. That might be alright for the end of a workout, but ballistic stretching is far more effective and will prevent injuries. I found that starting a workout with box jumps, cleans, swings and "bouncing" stretches makes me far more limber during those first few sets. It used to take 225 to break parallel in the squat; now I can go four to five inches below with the empty bar, no problem.
     
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    Late last year I was hospitalized, unable to walk and on morphine for two months. After some spinal blocks, I was "cured" and realized that I was not flexible. I engaged a woman dancer from Russia who does adagio (Italian lift dancing) and ballet to train me in flexibility. The exercises and movements are the same as in Pilates or yoga. It took 3 months to become totally pain free and flexible in the upper body. I estimate that it will take another year in the lower body.

    You don't have to do weight lifting, pushups, run marathons and belong to a gym to learn stretching exercises and flexibility.

    Flexibility means using muscle groups and limbering up tendons that are not normally used.

    I think a context would be helpful Yes, I am a 59 year old dancer. Good enough to have gone to Paris and do Argentine tango for 10 days in Paris last September. Yet, despite the cardiovascular, muscle memory and so forth, I had to get a different kind of training for flexibility. I learned to my surprise that dancing was insufficient.
     
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    I'm pretty sure I have at least one of Pavel's flexibility books somewhere in PDF format, if you're interested I'll make an effort to hunt it down this weekend.
     
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    Please do. Thx in advance.
     
  9. Halojumper

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    It's best to stretch when the muscle is warm. It will be less painful and you will be able to stretch further.

    Either after exercise or after a hot shower is a great time to stretch. At work, instead of smoke breaks I take stretch breaks.

    Also consider starting a resistance exercise program like lifting weights or body weight calisthenics such as pushups/pullups/squats etc. Taking the muscle through it's complete range of motion does wonders. Of course, stretch afterwards.
     
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    Check this site out.

    www.dragondoor.com

    It will completely change the way you work out, and think about your exercise. I recommend anything by the "Mad Russian". Kettlebells are great, and his theories on exercise are exactly opposite to the mainstream. Strength and flexability together.


    Take a real Yoga class too. Not the gym class yoga. Real yoga. Prepare for pain.
     
  12. Steel Talon

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    Hello KSSWATCOP,

    Simple enough, seek out a Yoga school in your area, sign up for a month or so learn the routines and continue them on your own.

    Peace
    Steel_Talon
     
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    Yeah, you can't go wrong with "The mad russian". I took a stretching and strength class from him, and later I took the Kettlebell class from one of his RKC instructors. Without even trying to improve my flexibility, KB's have improved it, just from going through the range of movement of doing them correctly.

    edit: You (or the original poster) might want to take a look at Pavel's Martial Power. It is pretty pricey at Dragon Door, but you can frequently find it on Ebay.
     
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    Another question you might want to ask yourself is what you want the flexibility for. You might find that different approaches are needed for different desired outcomes.