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#336970 - 02/03/06 10:58 AM Touching my Toes!!
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i cant touch my toes in an upright position! any advice on how to reach my Goal?

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#336971 - 02/03/06 05:04 PM Re: Touching my Toes!! [Re: fraser_tkd]
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Hi Fraser,

I found if I stretched up, then out, then down 3 times I could see visable improvement...remember never to overstretch! It can set you back months.

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#336972 - 02/07/06 03:25 PM Re: Touching my Toes!! [Re: jabber]
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I used to be the same when I first started martial arts. I used to not be able to touch my toes so I used to hold on to my ankles or where ever I could reach to and slowly pull myself down further and further.
Good luck trying and remember that some days you will find that you can go further than other days so dont get annoyed just keep it up.
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#336973 - 02/08/06 12:28 PM Re: Touching my Toes!! [Re: Tezza]
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I used to be the same when I first started martial arts. I used to not be able to touch my toes so I used to hold on to my ankles or where ever I could reach to and slowly pull myself down further and further.
Good luck trying and remember that some days you will find that you can go further than other days so dont get annoyed just keep it up.




Yep, just a case of keep working on your flexibility. You can try and touch your toes while standing or while sitting with legs in front. Isometric stretching is not a good idea, since you would be isometrically stretching the back, not a very safe thing to do.

Keep practicing, don't give up and you'll be there in no time!

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#336974 - 02/09/06 11:40 AM Re: Touching my Toes!! [Re: fraser_tkd]
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i cant touch my toes in an upright position! any advice on how to reach my Goal?




Do you weight train? If not, start - get a good instructor to show you how to do Squats, straight-leg deadlifts & bench press with good form.

8 weeks of straight leg deadlifts and I will be suprised if you can't get your hands on the floor.

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#336975 - 02/14/06 08:00 PM Re: Touching my Toes!! [Re: UKfightfreak]
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Um I have no clue really if this is true or not but I read somewhere.. ( I think a poster in my gym class ) that standing and trying to touch your toes can compress spinal discs in the lower back. I still do them but it would be nice to know if there is any truth to that poster.
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#336976 - 02/14/06 09:18 PM Re: Touching my Toes!! [Re: fraser_tkd]
Paranormalma Offline
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I agree that the best path on that one is to simply keep stretching.

And when touching the floor becomes too easy for you (it may, eventually), you can cross your right leg over your left, then stretch towards it. Repeat on the opposite side. Works very well for me.

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#336977 - 02/15/06 09:28 AM Re: Touching my Toes!! [Re: kyokushinkai]
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Um I have no clue really if this is true or not but I read somewhere.. ( I think a poster in my gym class ) that standing and trying to touch your toes can compress spinal discs in the lower back. I still do them but it would be nice to know if there is any truth to that poster.




Sounds like one of the many exercise myths to me, the best thing to do if anyone tells you anything, is ask about the research for it. Is there any? Are they making it up?

Mechanically a true hamstring strech uses your hamstringe i.e. your back should be straight, if you are curving your back you are doing a back stretch too - I can not see how this could possibly compress your spine.

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#336978 - 02/15/06 10:28 PM Re: Touching my Toes!! [Re: UKfightfreak]
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8 weeks of straight leg deadlifts and I will be suprised if you can't get your hands on the floor.




i have done straight legged deadlifts for a really long tme now and i am nowheres near to beable to touch my toes

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#336979 - 02/16/06 11:05 AM Re: Touching my Toes!! [Re: boxing_kid]
Tezza Offline
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Like I said before the best thing to do is keep on doing the stretch gradually going further and further.
I wouldnt worry about weights just keep doing the stretch.
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