Suggestions to increase flexibility........?

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    Feb 05, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    Hey guys. Does anyone have suggestions for increasing flexibility. I can't even touch my toes with straight legs. I don't ever recall being able to. And some guys (eg my HOT trainer) can go way past their toes...... suggestions? Is it all about stretching?
    Would love to hear what you guys do to increase flexibility. Cheers
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    Feb 05, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    http://www.realjock.com/article/120/
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    Feb 05, 2011 6:38 AM GMT
    Vinyasa yoga would fix that.
  • rdberg1957

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    Feb 05, 2011 6:46 AM GMT
    I had a trainer who taught me Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) which involves keeping the muscles you want more flexible in motion, 5-10 reps of 2 seconds duration. With a static stretch, you hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds. With AIS, you hold the stretch 2-3 seconds, but move in and out of the stretch position 5-10 times. I find this to take slightly longer than static stretching, but with much better results. I had problems with mobility when I weighed a 120lbs more. My trainer got me moving by stretching my hip rotators. A lot of injury problems I had in my back were related to hip inflexibility in this manner. I have lost a great deal of weight (weight loss surgery) since then; I continue to work on flexibility while I increase my strength and cardiovascular fitness. I do about 30-45 minutes of floor work 3-4x/week, about 25 minutes of which is stretching, the rest is core strengthening. Yoga and Pilates are also good options. Others here have experience with those. I've just heard good things from others.

    www.stretchingusa.com/
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    Feb 05, 2011 6:47 AM GMT
    Pilates
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    Feb 05, 2011 6:54 AM GMT
    Constantly push your limits, and keep trying. Just go a little further each time...even if you only hold the increased stretch for a second or two...it's better than none.

    I use to never be able to do the splits to save my life....then one day I was bored and tried the splits again....as I had previous times. I was ready for failure, but that one time....I went all the way down! And from then on, I've been able to do the splits. So just keep practicing and stretching.

    As for touching your toes. Try bobbing down deeper and deeper into your stretch. I'm not sure how good that is for your back though so try it with caution.

    But yea, as others have stated...yoga and pilates would help too.
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    Jun 15, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    When doing a split MAKE SURE to breathe normally. If your muscles tense up it'll hurt and you'll stop trying to go down but if you breathe normally, you really won't feel the pain...I know it's crazy how this works but it's true!!
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    Jun 15, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    Regularly practice putting your knees behind your ears