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#412407 - 11/30/08 05:10 PM Inceasing flexibility
Aesir Offline
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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?

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#412408 - 11/30/08 08:44 PM Re: Inceasing flexibility [Re: Aesir]
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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.
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#412409 - 11/30/08 11:55 PM Re: Inceasing flexibility [Re: Aesir]
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The best book I've ever read on this subject is 'Streaching Scientifically' by Thomas Kurtz. Check it out if you can.

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#412410 - 12/01/08 01:20 PM Re: Inceasing flexibility [Re: Ames]
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Cheers I will try to get my hands on a copy

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#424495 - 01/21/10 09:16 PM Re: Inceasing flexibility [Re: Aesir]
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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.

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#424509 - 01/22/10 01:15 PM Re: Inceasing flexibility [Re: dongdwaeji]
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The Art Of Expressing The Human Body, Bruce Lee, good source too.
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