The most FLEXIBLE people are gymnasts, dancers and martial artists.
You might have tried numerous things, tricks and tips to help you increase your flexibility. Everyone is flexible, however some are more flexible because of the way they train.
The key strategies they use that we don’t are:
- Loaded Stretching
- Ballistic Stretching
- Target tissue work
- Intense focus
- Leveraging training partners and coaches
We must understand that the lengthen of muscle is not enough, so we should focus more on strength. Muscles need to be strong in that range of motion.
PSA: Your body won’t let you go into that end range, if it senses you don’t have strength at end range. If you don’t have the strength required to control those ranges of motion…… you could potentially tear a muscle.
SOLUTION: Build strength at end range by doing Loaded Stretching
- Helps push you deeper into the stretch
- Best way to build strength at end range
- WARNING: you could hurt yourself if you don’t know what you are doing
We must switch from passive stretching to ballistic stretching because passive stretching doesn’t get the job done all the way. At a certain point, bodyweight isn’t enough to push you deeper into the stretch.
Ballistic Stretching = Permanent Flexibility
Ballistic Stretching is having you bounce or pulse in and out of end range. Which allows you to accumulate many seconds and minutes at your MAXIMAL stretch….. with less pain.
When you are training hard in the gym, those muscle start to fatigue and start to become sore muscles.
Sore Muscles leads to Dense Muscles. Dense muscles don’t stretch as well as supple muscles. (supple muscles are meaning bending readily without breaking or becoming deformed)
SOLUTION: self yofascial release….. not just foam rolling. You must invest in a variety of tools to achieve a deeper and more affective change in your texture of tissues.
- Lacrosse Balls
- Foam Roller
- Roller Stick
- Spiky Massage Ball
- Trigger Point Wand
You need to adapt an all-consuming intensity of focus.
Developing an environment and rituals that block out everything that is not their primary goal.
Do the most important things first and secondary things NOT AT ALL.
Of course, you cannot sustain 100% focus every hour of every day for years on end. This is why you should arrange training into blocks. A typical training block lasts on average about a month.
Typically arrange programs to span 30 to 45 days Therefore you can hone your focus for a period of time towards your goal.
It is best to not go at this alone. Training partners are essential part of success in training. Of course you can do 80 to 90% of myofascial-release work on your own, but if you add a good training partner. You can accelerate your progress 2-3x.
A extra pair of hands are helpful, and the accountability and support is invaluable.
Positive peer pressure is powerful and surrounding yourself with good training partners is KEY.
As Kanye has stated, “you don’t have the answers SWAY”
You don’t have all the answers so it would be best to invest in a coach or mentor.
Someone who has walked the path and can show the way.
Even though their is value in experimenting on your own, it would be best to find a coach.
- Find a coach who has achieved it themselves
- has helped others
- is honest and straightforward with you about what it takes
Just climb under their wing and learn from them