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

Registered: 07/17/07
Posts: 397
Loc: Croydon, UK
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?

#412408 - 11/30/08 08:44 PM Re: Inceasing flexibility [Re: Aesir]
Saisho Offline
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Registered: 06/26/06
Posts: 620
Loc: Dayton, Ohio
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.
Tony Partlow Shogen-Ryu Karate-Do Minamoto Shibu Dojo

#412409 - 11/30/08 11:55 PM Re: Inceasing flexibility [Re: Aesir]
Ames Offline

Registered: 05/29/05
Posts: 1117
The best book I've ever read on this subject is 'Streaching Scientifically' by Thomas Kurtz. Check it out if you can.

"Seek not to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought."

#412410 - 12/01/08 01:20 PM Re: Inceasing flexibility [Re: Ames]
Aesir Offline

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Loc: Croydon, UK
Cheers I will try to get my hands on a copy

#424495 - 01/21/10 09:16 PM Re: Inceasing flexibility [Re: Aesir]
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Registered: 12/18/09
Posts: 14
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.

#424509 - 01/22/10 01:15 PM Re: Inceasing flexibility [Re: dongdwaeji]
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Registered: 05/27/07
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Loc: Above Is Heaven, Down Is Earth
The Art Of Expressing The Human Body, Bruce Lee, good source too.
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