Building muscle while maintaining flexibility?

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    Feb 20, 2008 11:21 PM GMT
    Hey Jocks,

    I'm about to start one of the muscle building programs here on realjock. I'm interested in putting on more mass, but as I'm a dancer it's also important for me to maintain good flexibility (especially in my legs).

    Just wondering if there are any tips that anyone might have in maintaing/increasing flexibility while working to gain muscle mass.

    Thanks in advance,
    ~Alex
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    Feb 21, 2008 2:05 AM GMT
    Can't give you any specific advice with cool big words, but I can tell you I've always ended up seeing flexibility as almost independant of your size, muscle-wise.

    I've had jacked friends who were surprisingly flexible, and could probably name a few skinny guys I know that can't touch their toes.

    Far as I know, keep doing whatever you're doing to stay flexible, and muscle isn't going to get in the way.

    I think there's something about not stretching hard before a hard workout, but that's one of those things that takes cool big words to explain. Good luck with the plan!
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    Feb 21, 2008 6:19 AM GMT
    yoga. 1 hr 3x per week
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    Feb 21, 2008 1:29 PM GMT
    LOL...hello...did you just miss the huge article on here about the BIKRAM Yoga?
    It's still on the front page...lol.....it's amazing
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    Mar 05, 2008 12:00 AM GMT
    in773guy saidLOL...hello...did you just miss the huge article on here about the BIKRAM Yoga?
    It's still on the front page...lol.....it's amazing


    I did, but I don't think yoga is the only way to maintain flexibility. Not to mention I pay for a gym AND dance classes. Don't really need to add another class fee to my budget.

    Any other suggestions?

    ~Alex
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    Mar 06, 2008 3:42 AM GMT
    Stretch, post workout. Never, ever, never, stretch a cold muscle.
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    Mar 06, 2008 8:34 AM GMT
    Make sure you have a good stretching program.

    Quad stretches
    Glute stretches
    Calf Stretches
    Archilles Stretches
    Hip Stretches
    Groin Stretches
    Back Stretches

    And when focusing on lower body flexibility, do not stop at the waist, you must remember the muscles on the back side of your body form whats referred to as the posterior chain. This means in order to maintain or improve lower body flexibility you must also be sure to include you back stretches.

    I have found personally that Yoga (Hatha) is one of the quickest and most effective ways to stretch a large number of muscles. Just a thought for you.



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    Mar 19, 2008 10:01 PM GMT
    I have huge problems with flexibility. Stretching helps, pre and post. However, at certain point I think mass just gets in the way. I don't think there is one ifbb pro that can touch both elbows together..
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    Mar 21, 2008 10:41 AM GMT
    Yoga is the way to go. Maybe find a gym that has yoga classes included? I practice once or twice a week. My favorite instructor does tell me that I have difficulty with some poses because my shoulders are too muscular. But he says as I practice longer that even that can be overcome.
    By the way, Ken, since you are in NYC, have you tried http://www.hotnudeyoga.com/ ? Awesome. icon_wink.gif