I am looking for some stretches to increase my overall flexibility but specifically my hips, shoulders and hamstrings basically to improve my O-Lifting. I am unsure as to what sort of stretches I should be doing for this and for how long. anybody got any good links or stretches they can recommend?
In general, if you feel a stretch and not pain, you are doing a decent stretch. A muscle needs between 90 seconds and 2 minutes of total stretch for any benefit. Any less than 90 seconds is not as beneficial and anything over 2 minutes is no more beneficial. I typically have my patients do 4 sets of 30 seconds. Doing under 15 seconds is not as beneficial.
I couldn't even touch my toes and was stupidly inflexible.
A few home sessions of a 45 min beginners Hath Yoga workout on DVD and now I can now not just touch my toes but put my palms flat on the floor... Not just that, yoga makes you feel GREAT all over physically and mentally.