How can you be really flexible ?

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    Oct 12, 2013 2:45 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I an competitive tennis player.
    The problem is recently I keep getting injured.
    Doctor told me to train on my flexibility.
    He told me that I had to be careful with streching because some position is really bad for the back.
    Do you guys have any tips about exercices I can do to be really flexible really fast ?

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    Oct 12, 2013 5:09 AM GMT
    Ldes saidHey guys,

    I an competitive tennis player.
    The problem is recently I keep getting injured.
    Doctor told me to train on my flexibility.
    He told me that I had to be careful with streching because some position is really bad for the back.
    Do you guys have any tips about exercices I can do to be really flexible really fast ?

    Xoxo, Ldes. icon_razz.gif


    ^ Well, in short - you pull on both ends; and stretch really hardicon_idea.gificon_exclaim.gif

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    Oct 12, 2013 5:37 AM GMT
    "really flexible really fast?"

    No. It takes time and dedication on a daily basis. I'm very flexible but I stretch for 15 minutes a day without fail. One easy way is to take a Yogo class, but will still need to do some exercises at home probably. I could show you a bunch of stretches in person, but honestly you'd be better off to pick up a basic book on stretching and work on the areas you use most for tennis.
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    Oct 12, 2013 5:59 AM GMT
    Thank you for your answers guys. xD
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    Oct 12, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    I second everything scruffy said.

    you have to stretch often. Some people stretch once a week or less and complain they aren't getting flexible. I stretch every morning, and really twice a day would be ideal but i'm not motivated enough for that.

    Like most things related to fitness, there is no quick way. You have to go slow and consistent or you can hurt yourself.

    A yoga class is a good way to learn a lot of stretches.
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    Oct 12, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    Yeah I just did a free yoga lesson on internet.
    It is really cool icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 12, 2013 7:46 PM GMT
    Ldes saidHey guys,

    I an competitive tennis player.
    The problem is recently I keep getting injured.
    Doctor told me to train on my flexibility.
    He told me that I had to be careful with streching because some position is really bad for the back.
    Do you guys have any tips about exercices I can do to be really flexible really fast ?

    Xoxo, Ldes. icon_razz.gif

    See if you can get a referral to a physical therapist (so your health insurance pays for it). It isn't always stretching/flexibility that's needed; sometimes certain muscles are weak and that's why we get injured, because they aren't up to the stress. A PT can help with this.
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    Oct 12, 2013 7:48 PM GMT
    Ive always been flexible try yoga
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    Oct 13, 2013 12:29 AM GMT
    Stretch daily; it's a constant progression. I'm naturally flexible though, I can do bridges and my ax kick go above my head. BUT I've seen people work at it and can do things I'm not able to do. Also foam rolling might help keep the muscles from gettin too tight, thus less injuries... hopefully.
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    Oct 13, 2013 12:35 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said"really flexible really fast?"

    No. It takes time and dedication on a daily basis. I'm very flexible but I stretch for 15 minutes a day without fail. One easy way is to take a Yogo class, but will still need to do some exercises at home probably. I could show you a bunch of stretches in person, but honestly you'd be better off to pick up a basic book on stretching and work on the areas you use most for tennis.


    Don't take this the wrong way, but I didn't picture you as a stretcher or doing yoga haha. If you lived closer I'd film your 15 min routine and post it on YT. ScruffyPup's 15 Minutes x 365 Days to Flexibility Woot!!!! As a bonus clip I could throw in body isolations from the legs to the head! My favorite isolations are using my torso.
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    Oct 13, 2013 1:01 AM GMT
    I can't find your video on YT.
    Can you send it to me please?
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    Oct 13, 2013 2:32 AM GMT
    AnOriginal said
    Scruffypup said"really flexible really fast?"

    No. It takes time and dedication on a daily basis. I'm very flexible but I stretch for 15 minutes a day without fail. One easy way is to take a Yogo class, but will still need to do some exercises at home probably. I could show you a bunch of stretches in person, but honestly you'd be better off to pick up a basic book on stretching and work on the areas you use most for tennis.


    Don't take this the wrong way, but I didn't picture you as a stretcher or doing yoga haha. If you lived closer I'd film your 15 min routine and post it on YT. ScruffyPup's 15 Minutes x 365 Days to Flexibility Woot!!!! As a bonus clip I could throw in body isolations from the legs to the head! My favorite isolations are using my torso.



    Hell, I'm not sure how to take that, LOL. What's wrong with Yogo? I don't actually take Yogo classes though, but I have taken a couple here and there. I've taken the Yogo movements that work best for my particular body and do them twice daily....sometimes several times a day if I feel I need them.

    I learned a lot about stretching in my CrossFit classes. I also purchased a foam roller, Lacrosse balls and I'm about to order some resistance bands so I can do the same movements at home. I also keep a Theraband in my back pocket everywhere I go. Rolling out the muscles with the foam roller and balls compliment stretching in my opinion as it allows me to stretch more efficiently. We also do a lot of animal crawls in my gymnastics class to warm up, and they also keep you flexible.

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    Oct 13, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    I've seen that people are using different type of roller.

    What about this one ? It looks different.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=93OIfOzQKhM
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    Oct 13, 2013 4:02 AM GMT
    I am going to buy this one I guess.
    http://www.amazon.ca/ProSource-Density-Rollers-36-Inch-6-Inch/dp/B00ED3GIV0/ref=sr_1_24?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1381636755&sr=1-24

    Is it worth it ?
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    Oct 13, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    Ldes saidI am going to buy this one I guess.
    http://www.amazon.ca/ProSource-Density-Rollers-36-Inch-6-Inch/dp/B00ED3GIV0/ref=sr_1_24?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1381636755&sr=1-24

    Is it worth it ?


    Anybody ?
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    Oct 13, 2013 9:05 PM GMT
    Ldes saidI've seen that people are using different type of roller.

    What about this one ? It looks different.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=93OIfOzQKhM



    That's a Rumble Roller. I use that kind too. However, if you're very thin, you might find it a bit brutal. I've never been able to use them until recently as I've now gained enough muscle in my back to withstand it.
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    Oct 14, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
    Ok.
    Now I will try to post in the "how to get big session :p".
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    Oct 14, 2013 10:31 AM GMT
    ^^^^^Haha ^^^^^

    I never did foam rolling prior and went with the black rumble roller. It feels so good. The longer one lets you spread your arms in a T and you can hit your delts and lats nicely.

    I think ScruffyPup has stretching and recovery down :-) "Animal crawls" is that walking while you are in a bridge?
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    Oct 14, 2013 1:54 PM GMT
    AnOriginal said^^^^^Haha ^^^^^

    I never did foam rolling prior and went with the black rumble roller. It feels so good. The longer one lets you spread your arms in a T and you can hit your delts and lats nicely.

    I think ScruffyPup has stretching and recovery down :-) "Animal crawls" is that walking while you are in a bridge?





    BEAR CRAWL:The way I normally do the Bear Crawl is by keeping my legs and arms straight, which means you will not be going fast like this guy.


    INCHWORM: This guy is not doing this correctly. He is supposed to be walking his toes up to his hands, plus when you're in the stretched out position, you should do a pushup before proceeding. This one looks innocent enough but it is BRUTAL when you do it for a good distance. I usually do each animal crawl 50 feet in one direction, then do it backwards until I reach my starting point.


    These guys are hot and fun to watch. They combine Yoga moves with Monkey Walks at the end. Too funny.
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    Oct 17, 2013 1:24 PM GMT
    ^^^^^^^

    Thanks ScruffyPup! I did some Horton and stretching yesterday. I really should stretch more; I'm semi-close to being in a vertical split. All of my vertical kicks can go above my head.
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    Oct 21, 2013 11:56 PM GMT
    The yoga dance/monkey play is a nice choreographed routine with the music. It looks like all of the poses are from Ashtanga. A complete routine with all the poses would be awesome. Music adds a dimension that helps tremendously for day after day after day of the same thing.

    In Germany, portable infrared-light heat lamps are used for athletic injuries. It speeds up recovery and bring flood to the area. Infrared penetrates 3-inches to promote deep tissue healing. More research:
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    Oct 23, 2013 12:22 AM GMT
    If you aren't flexable you probably will never be. But once you become flexable it stays with you even though you aren't participating in yoga or stretching at the gym. It takes years so no quick fix. Swimming is supposed to be the new injury fixer and relaxer. Also try hanging down off the back of a sofa for starters. The stretch on the back is amazing for your health. I bought a gym equipment for back exercises I can do this on safely. I just hang downward when my back is tight. I also do yoga. Probably around $100. There are better back stretching machines but cost much more. Also inversion machines where you hang upside down are good.
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    Oct 24, 2013 2:45 AM GMT
    Im not a great athlete, nor muscle bound, but I have always been super flexible. I wonder if you can be genetically predisposed to being somewhat flexible?
    Can still put my feet behind my head!!! hahaha..
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    Oct 24, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    xybender saidThe yoga dance/monkey play is a nice choreographed routine with the music. It looks like all of the poses are from Ashtanga. A complete routine with all the poses would be awesome. Music adds a dimension that helps tremendously for day after day after day of the same thing.

    In Germany, portable infrared-light heat lamps are used for athletic injuries. It speeds up recovery and bring flood to the area. Infrared penetrates 3-inches to promote deep tissue healing. More research:
    infrared therapy



    I got an infrared machine for my 16 year old dog Kelly. It seemed to ease his pain and allow him to walk a bit easier. I called it the Doggie Toaster.
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    Oct 28, 2013 6:38 AM GMT
    Martial Arts are great for flexibility.

    Splits? no prahhhblemmm