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NO FLEXIBILITY!
« on: August 08, 2007, 06:06:06 AM »
Hey guys, Im in very good physical shape and participate in the W.O.D everyday, but when it comes to my flexibility, i suck. I could not touch my toes with straight legs for the life of me.I can hardly touch my ankles! Frankly my flexibilty sucks and i would really like to improve it. Could you guys come up with a flexibility plan that i could do everyday before the W.O.D to improve my flexibilty. This would be an amazing help!

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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2007, 08:02:23 AM »
Hm... Let me think about this for a bit and get back to you. I've been sorta rattling around "parkour-specific" flexibility training ideas for a while, because I have the opposite problem: I'm not as strong as most of you guys, but I'm very bendy. I used to be a flexibility trainer for a competitive Shaolin team, and I do yoga and ballet.

I've been considering writing an article but I know someone else has been working on an article as well and I don't want to step on toes.

In the meantime, are there specific areas you want to work on (such as you mention not being able to touch your toes), or are you looking for an all-around flexibility program that will be helpful for parkour, specifically?

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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2007, 08:05:31 AM »
kk man that would be sweet, and yeah im looking for an all around flexibility routine.

Thanks alot

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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2007, 08:21:28 AM »
No problem. :)

Oh, P.S.: I would suggest doing any stretching after the WOD, not before. You want to stretch when your muscles are very warm. But I'll see about putting something together. Give me a few days.
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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2007, 09:12:10 AM »
awesome ;D
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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2007, 08:36:14 PM »
I have the same prob
could you email it to me also at johnsq18@yahoo.com

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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2007, 07:30:29 AM »
I am also very interested :-).

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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2007, 08:57:18 AM »
Wow. :)

Um... at the COPK jam I led some small groups in stretching and I think some found it helpful. (At least I hope they did!)

I will try to put something together to post on the main page, maybe. It was also suggested to me to maybe to a tutorial video, so we'll see.

Thanks for your interest, everyone!
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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2007, 09:21:04 PM »
Just throwing my hat in the ring...sort of. I am very interested as well. I was at the COPK jam, and I wish I had done the stretching with you. I was there when you were teaching a couple people, including me, how to handstand, and that was very helpful. It was at the end during the picnic.

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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2007, 09:24:39 PM »
I would have edited the last post, but I guess "my time had passed." Stupid...

Oh, also I remembered a question I had. I have, proportionally, shorter arms than most average people do, compared to my leg length. Does that impact how I stretch, or rather the perception of how flexible I think I am? Or does it really not matter, and I should be able to touch my toes just as well as anyone else (just using touching toes as an example).

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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2007, 09:51:56 PM »
I've given up on flexibility, actually some people like myself just cannot get flexible no matter what I do.
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« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2007, 07:21:43 AM »
Schuby: Shorter arms should not impact anything. Touching your toes honestly doesn't really have to do with much in terms of stretching because it's just saying you can't touch your toes. It really doesn't matter if you can or can't as long as you are getting a good stretch in your legs or whatever out of it.

BTW if you wanted handstand tips.. you should've asked, lol.

Brotha 4: Everyone can get flexible -- not everyone may be able to obtain middle splits (a small percentage of the population though) but everyone can obtain one leg in front splits. It takes dedication in stretching though.
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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2007, 08:25:30 AM »
lol...Schuby, some of the handstand tips I gave were from Steve; he had just given me the tip on shoulders a few hours prior to that. :) He's definitely The Man for that kind of stuff.

And I second his sentiment that everyone can get flexible. Just like anything else (building strength, learning a language, developing coordination, mastering a turn vault) it just takes consistent effort over time. If you are stretching correctly, every day, you will get more flexible, no matter what your current level of flexibility is.
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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2007, 10:22:47 PM »
i gotta work on my flexibility. im still wondering if stretching after working out helps make you stronger
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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2007, 12:05:52 AM »
Check out Bob Anderson "Stretching". Start with page 12 - How to Stretch, then move on to the areas where you're less flexible. Because this is a Google book search, it only has the first few pages of each chapter. It's still plenty of different stretches. It should help you get going in the right direction...

Stretching after working out doesn't necessarily make you stronger. It will make you more flexible. Ideally, you should be both strong and flexible. The APK warmup and WODs are good for strength... Even the Cross-fit WOD doesn't seem to have many flex exercises.

Find stretching boring? I do... so I'm still looking for creative ways to get lots of range of motion, gently, in a short time.

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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2007, 08:30:28 AM »
Kasper: Stretching after a workout WILL make you more flexible.

Also, being flexible does make your muscles stronger overall, yes. Stretching before power activites like jumping or sprinting will make you slower though.
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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2007, 08:42:55 AM »
great! now if you'll excuse me im gonna go stretch my calf and shin musculars
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« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2007, 07:47:34 AM »
I am also very interested in becoming more flexible.  I think that I am only fairly flexible, I would definitely like to intensify my stretching, and gather a larger index of stretches.  I am really only familiar with some basic stretches.  I was a wrestler some I understand the importance of being flexible and that sport provides the basis for most of my stretching knowledge. If anyone decides to write something up or knows of someone who has I would love to get my hands on it, and begin training more stretches immediately. My email is also seancan44@hotmail.com. Thanks

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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2007, 09:42:34 AM »
Yeah, I also have the lack of flexibility issue.. unlike my younger brothers which seemingly have bodies inclined to be flexible.    If there is any sort of program, I would definitely appreciate it if one would send it to me.. jeff.pees@gmail.com 

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Re: NO FLEXIBILITY!
« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2007, 02:34:06 PM »
I used to have flexibility problems before i took a trampoline class. We first started with a warm up (jumping on the tramp, running, etc) then for stretching we would first try to do the splits for a lil while then we would sit down with our feet facing forward and try to bend into a pike and touch our toes. I hated this because i could hardly sit like that. then we had a partner push us slowly down and go a little farther than we wanted them to go. After about 2-3 weeks i could easily touch the ground behind my toes.
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