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    Stretching

    I know this topic has been covered before, and because being flexible is so important in many MA, I have some specific questions, and maybe you guys have more or new ideas?

    My goal: be more loose and flexible

    1) I have been sore from stretching, I'm pretty sure this can't be good? Has anyone else been sore after stretching and what can you do to help that?

    2) I know a little yoga, is yogic breathing good to do all the time when stretching?

    3) What kind of stretches do you do that have helped your flexibility the most?

    4) How long should you hold a stretch? 15-20 sec?

    5) Should I stretch both before and after I train/workout?

    Answering or giving opinions on any or all of these questions would be very helpful. :toothy5:

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    stretch after you warm up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandeissansoo
    stretch after you warm up.
    What he said.
    Adding also when you cool down.
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    Never, ever, ever stretch cold, like Brand said. I do my developmental stretching at the end of my workout, just before I start to cool down. I warm up, stretch a little bit, train, stretch hard, and then cool down.

    20 seconds? Egads. You won't get flexible with that. Try 2-3 minutes.

    You are supposed to be sore after stretching. I've never not been sore after I stretch, and depending on how hard you are on yourself, several days of soreness is not uncommon in the circles that I run in. Light stretching after training when you're still sore, works.

    Breathing ... just keep breathing while you stretch, nothing special. I find that it works well to breath out just before I stretch farther, but that's just me.

    However, your post is far too general. Do you have ANY idea how many different areas there are to be flexible? Additionally, which direction of flexibility are you talking? If you want to be able to make movements like vaulting's mill and scissors - such as high kicks and stuff - there's more than flexibility to be concerned with.
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    Have a look at some of Thomas Kurz's work. His book "stretching scientifically" has a lot of good info (but it can be pretty confusing sometimes).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Can Chaser

    However, your post is far too general. Do you have ANY idea how many different areas there are to be flexible? Additionally, which direction of flexibility are you talking? If you want to be able to make movements like vaulting's mill and scissors - such as high kicks and stuff - there's more than flexibility to be concerned with.
    Sorry, yeah mainly being flexible to do straddles, splits, which go hand and hand with high kicks etc. I can pretty much do splits but I would like them to be better. Also, I would like to be able to do a good straddle. To do a full straddle is it mainly the hips that must be flexible?

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    Also I am probably going to invest in a book on stretching and techniques. Could any of you that has read a good one recommend one???

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    The way I got flexible (apart from being born that way, which is a different story altogether) was taking TKD for many, many years.

    The way I got good at doing the splits and straddles was....doing a lot of splits and straddles. Funny, that.
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    Also I am probably going to invest in a book on stretching and techniques. Could any of you that has read a good one recommend one???
    I just did! Way to go ignoring me, I'll just slink off into the corner and remind myself that I'm unpopular because I'm better than everyone. They're jealous! :crybaby2:
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