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2004/03/10 22:14:27 (permalink)
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Increase in flexibility

I stretch before and after i lift, but im still not as flexible as i would like. Are there any tips anyone can give me? What are the best stretches to do for the biggest increase in flexibility?
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    Yib
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    RE: Increase in flexibility 2004/03/10 22:25:44 (permalink)
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    it takes a little time...just keep at it and u'll increase ur flexibility gradually....try to stretch everyday once ur warmed up...dont want to pull anything.....i do pilates and my flexibility improved alot really fast
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    RE: Increase in flexibility 2004/03/11 18:45:08 (permalink)
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    My gf has me doing Yoga once a week...

    I've noticed an increase in my flexibilty already (4weeks), but tbh was pretty poor in the 1st place.
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    RE: Increase in flexibility 2004/03/12 21:15:04 (permalink)
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    BD...whats your reason for the need to stretch? to decrease on DOMS or for for a martial art?
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    RE: Increase in flexibility 2004/03/12 23:53:19 (permalink)
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    Flexibility is an under-estimated part of fitness. It will also help to prevent injury. Stretch at the end of the workout and hold each stretch for about 30 to 40 seconds.

    You could try PNF (PROPRIOCEPTIVE NEUROMUSCULAR FACILITATION) stretching. This works especially well on the hamstrings. All you do is lay on the floor, one leg raised in a hamstring stretch, then you relax slighty and allow a partner to push against the leg while you resist for 10 seconds. When you release, you sould be able to increase the stretch a bit more. Do this several times.

    Lujan82 is right yoga is great for flexibility and more guys are doing it these days.
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    RE: Increase in flexibility 2004/03/13 19:50:20 (permalink)
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    Thai...a little bit of both. The day after lifting im always really sore, so i like to stretch, it seems my muscles feel better. The main reason though, is for football. Flexibilty really helps to prevent injury, and ive had problems in the past, so i want to get as flexible as possible to make sure it doesnt happen again
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    RE: Increase in flexibility 2004/03/13 21:15:19 (permalink)
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    some good advise i was given with regards to stretching was stretch ya spine out..the flexibility of your spine determines mainly how flexible the rest of your body is..alot of people spend so much time just stretching the legs out,when in reality the legs are supported by the spine yet you dont see many people stretcing it out..if like you say you want it for football then i would look into some spinal stretching as this will help with the flexibility of not only the spine but the whole of your back muscles helping with quick turns,jumps and speed.nothing worse than stiffness in any muscle to slow things down.
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