QOD – Flexibility and Fitness

What’s good everyone!

Here’s another weekly question I have for you. Now since forever, I’ve never been super flexible. I’m not the kid who can do karate kicks and touch the highest part fo the ceiling, or even touch the floor without bending my knees. Flexibility is important in fitness because the more flexible you ar, the more full range of motion you get when you lift weights, which assist in muscle growth. I feel like with all the stretching and yoga I do/ have done, I should be there already, but it hasn’t happened.

Do you have any tips on how to increase flexibility? Is it just a guy thing? lol. Anyone who wasn’t flexible before,  reach that goal? I’m always looking for ways to get better, so help a brotha out!

Comments

  1. Beetsalina says:

    First let me say, I really enjoy reading this blog. I've always been really flexible (easily touch the floor, do splits, etc), so hopefully I can help.

    Stretching is incredibly important when working out, but so is the type of stretching. There's only but so much space in a gym, but if you can, do a good warm up, then do DYNAMIC stretches before a good lift. Static stretches (touching your toes for 20 seconds, butterfly stretch, etc) actually don't get the muscles ready for a good workout and will make you more susceptible to injury while working out. So if there's space, get on the floor and do some scorpion tails or iron crosses. Then on a wall you can do leg swings to get a good range of motion going.

    Now after you're done working out, cool down and then do static stretches. But it's important (as when you do cleans, jerks, curls, etc) to have good form. Don't round your back when trying to touch your toes and you'll get a much better stretch. Also, don't force a stretch.

    Lastly, if you're sitting at home watching tv, stretch! You'll eventually become more and more flexible as time goes on.

    Keep up the great work with this site!

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