Flexibility Exercises

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yeahfx
4/12/07 9:40:24PM
Hey i've been training in MT for awhile and i'm just wondering if you guys have any good exercises for flexibility for high kicks and so on.
richieb19
4/12/07 9:53:18PM

Posted by yeahfx

Hey i've been training in MT for awhile and i'm just wondering if you guys have any good exercises for flexibility for high kicks and so on.

I'm in the same boat as you, except for judo... the best advice I've heard so far on the topic of stretching has come from Frank Shamrock, who said to not streth to the point where it hurts, but just before...
Rush
4/12/07 9:58:04PM
Talk to a sports doctor. Different people need to stretch differently depending on their muscle structure.

Three things can happen when you stretch:

1) you get more flexible
2) nothing
3) you actually lose flexibility


Talk to a sports doctor or physiotherapist. It might just be the best 50$ or so you'll spend.
yeahfx
4/12/07 10:20:55PM
Ah I really didn't plan on seeing a sports doctor.. hmm.

Well, I guess if it's the best thing to do i'll have to.
richieb19
4/12/07 10:39:09PM

Posted by Rush

Talk to a sports doctor. Different people need to stretch differently depending on their muscle structure.

Three things can happen when you stretch:

1) you get more flexible
2) nothing
3) you actually lose flexibility


Talk to a sports doctor or physiotherapist. I might just be the best 50$ or so you'll spend.

I've never heard of anyone losing flexibility, but you never know... plus seeing a specialist who can tell you exactly what will work for you is always a good idea...
Rush
4/12/07 11:34:06PM

I've never heard of anyone losing flexibility



If you overstretch a muscle, it actually ends up contracting as a response and you lose flexibility.

Take it from me, I've been working with a physiotherapist on my flexibility and am learning a lot. He's teaching me how to stretch for my body type.

Rush
4/12/07 11:52:05PM
One thing that I wanted to add.

If you decide to talk to a sports doctor or physiotherapist. Call around and find a place that caters to athletes. Don't just go straight to your nearest place.

Some places are for athletes and some are for general people (injuries etc)

The places that cater to athletes will give you more help in less time.

I hope it works out for you.
Mastodon2
4/13/07 6:48:47AM
Im just doing a lot of stretches and holding them for 30 seconds at a time, at which point it no longer feels like Im stretching the muscle, I do them 3 times a day.

Its working for me now, I used to have really low flexability, with really short, thick hamstrings from running, and hardly any flexabilty in my trunk, but now its improving.
yeahfx
4/13/07 3:46:57PM
Thanks for the advice man.
GMANN
4/13/07 4:55:10PM
Hey Guys. Try this site out. Has a lot of good information on stretching(when,how often and so on...) I would also recommend getting the book stretching scientifically by thomas kurz. It very good and expands on this site.

Here's the site: http://www.trickstutorials.com/index.php?page=content/flx3

Hope this helps.

Garrett
yeahfx
4/13/07 6:17:57PM
Thanks man i'll definitely check it out.
yeahfx
4/13/07 7:50:23PM

Posted by GMANN

Hey Guys. Try this site out. Has a lot of good information on stretching(when,how often and so on...) I would also recommend getting the book stretching scientifically by thomas kurz. It very good and expands on this site.

Here's the site: http://www.trickstutorials.com/index.php?page=content/flx3

Hope this helps.

Garrett



Alright, I just did a few of those exercises and they seemed pretty straight forward but they will do. And yea i've heard of tom kurz.

Oh and for anyone looking for a good stretch, try doing this wall stretch that my MT trainer showed me a long time ago (kickboxers and MTers probably know this) :

Lie on your back with your butt against the wall and legs both up on the wall (it's tough getting in this position but once you get the hang of it its easy) and try and get the 90degree with your legs from your body, like this:


Now spread your legs appart as far as you can go and hold them for 30-60 seconds and then bring them to the middle like in that image and THEN bring your knees to your chest and hold them.

If you do that everyday for like 5-6 months, you'll see a huge difference and you will probably be able to do side splits (depending on your flexibility before doing this exercise).
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