The absolute range of movement in a joint or series of joints, and length in muscles that cross the joints.

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What are exercises for better posture and flexibility?

I know it's a big question but i'm a guy who tend to sit all day long on a chair, sometimes without a great posture, arching my back and not sitting straight. I want to know if there's a key exercise ...
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Hip & ankle flexibility - how to progress?

I'm currently having problems with the following exercises and activities: Tucked planche (Priority 1: even getting of the floor is impossible, my legs only tuck if my hips get pulled in by my abs, ...
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Flexibility questions

I want to get more flexible for BJJ. I'm intending on stretching 3 times (or more) a day, holding each stretch for about 30 seconds. I've read that it's good to strengthen the muscles while you ...
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What did I do to my knee, and how should I recover?

First, let me make it clear that this doesn't feel like bad pain. It feels more like an overtraining/overuse type pain. If this were bad pain I'd be going straight to a doctor or physical therapist. ...
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How important is it that a person be able to touch their toes?

For as long as I can remember, I've heard the question "can you touch your toes?" asked by people trying to ascertain another person's physical fitness. I've grown up thinking that being able to touch ...
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Learning to lift my leg higher

I started to enjoy rock climbing quite a lot, but I realize that my flexibility leaves much to be desired. One of my problems is that I cannot seem to lift my leg as high as I'd like to in order to ...
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Importance of flexibility

First, some context: I'm a 32 years old developer who spends most of the day sit, go to swimming classes once a week, and does weightlifting (at home) whenever it finds time, now moving from ...
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How to incorporate Nuad Thai massages into the training schedule?

I am currently visiting the gym 3 times a week for about 1,5 hours to work on my upper body. My goal is to gain muscles and add a little bit of definition. On the weekends I go to the ice ring for ...
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What are workouts or stretches to increase flexibility for the splits?

What kind of workout or stretches can I do to increase my range of motion? I want to be able to do a split (I am quite close). What kind of stretch should I do?
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What are some good exercises for a beginner to do with an Excercise Ball

I'd like to build a daily or bi-daily strength and flexibility workout around a new exercise ball I have. What are some good exercises to start with?
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Source for flexibility training

I want to become more flexible. Unfortunately, there's lots of conflicting and unsourced material on stretching and flexibility training out there. Could anyone point me to a reputable source for ...
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Daily stretch routine to increase flexibilty and overall fitness?

Is there a standard (as much as can be standard) stretch routine that if used regularly over a period of time will increase/maintain flexibility and help my overall fitness level? I have a set of ...
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What can improve external shoulder rotation while squatting?

External shoulder rotation (or lack thereof) is becoming a problem for me as I squat a little heavier. It's preventing me from having a nice low bar and also forcing me to take quite a wide grip. ...
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Incorporating flexibility exercises into StrongLifts workout

I am currently doing the Stronglifts 5x5 workout program, and I was wanting to incorporate a stretching routine into my workout that would both: Supplement my lifts by stretching the used muscle ...
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Using a Foam Roller

Recently a personal trainer recommended I use a foam roller for muscle massage and flexibility. Most research I've done on the web simply states the roller 'massages the muscle' or 'breaks down scar ...
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I'm rather flexible, how should I stretch my hamstrings?

When I'm standing I can have my hands flat on the floor and not feel much of a stretch in my hamstrings. Currently I've been lying on my back, and with one leg straight out in front, pull the other ...
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How do you know how much effort to do and for how long?

When stretching and flexing muscles, How much should I push my muscles and for how long before I take a few seconds break? I usualy push as far as I can, and for as much as time as I can, and only if ...
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How can someone new to Yoga improve on their workout?

Recently I have started Yoga, but I find myself unable to hold any position more than ten seconds. I was told to exaggerate my posture, but I simply could not. My flexibility is horrific and feel ...
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Does stretching interfere at all with strength gain or injury susceptibility in resistance training?

I searched through the site and couldn't find a good answer to this. Does stretching (to improve flexibility) interact or slow the muscle building and strength increasing benefits of weight training? ...
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Starting out with running and increasing flexibility

I'm about to start running, I bought myself running shoes for 'over pronators' as I am flat footed(still not too sure what that means when running). But I have a few questions about running. I'll be ...
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Where can I find stretching exercise information where it tells you how far you need to go?

I’ve been reading The Complete Guide to Stretching recently in an effort to help find some solutions to muscle aching problems I have. The hypothesis I’ve been operating under is that I have muscle ...
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How can I stretch hamstrings in isolation?

I have strong, very short hamstrings, and a weak, flexible lower back. If I try to touch my toes, I get about 1/2-way down my shins. However, most of that mobility is in my lower back. If I lie on my ...
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How can I increase shoulder flexibiity for squats & snatches?

I have noticed flexbility is a big issue for me in squatting as well as snatching (I cannot snatch at all currently). For example, if I squat with no weight, I cannot complete a squat with my arms ...
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Maintaining wrist flexibility while working on wrist strength

I have a SportGrips SideWinder wrist exerciser (Sportster model) that Lauren from the CHAOS team was kind enough to send out to me. I started using it a few days ago and am following this workout ...
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Is it possible for an adult to significantly improve passive static flexibility?

I've heard that improving passive static flexibility is only possible for children, but for adults it's more or less set in stone, because it's not possible to lengthen the ligaments as you age. So ...
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How often should I stretch to improve my flexibility?

I'm trying to get my splits; I'm well on my way, but I still have a long way to go. How often should I stretch to improve my flexibility at an optimal pace (and not injure myself)? Is flexibility ...
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kickbox aerobics: want to make higher roundhouse kicks

I'm 41, regular gym visitor for one year, general fitness level "OK but not great". Recently I started to enjoy a kickbox aerobics course at my gym. I realized I hardly ever trained such rapid ...
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Overstretching to increase flexibility

I attend regular martial arts classes (about 3-4 a week). We spend a lot of time stretching, particularly the hip area and the legs, to increase flexibility. Often after some classes where we do a ...
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Why doesn't stretching feel good?

I hear people say they like to stretch out because it feels good. I've never had that experience. It's not painful, but it's somewhere between unpleasant and neutral. Hence, stretching is work, and I ...
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Clicking and clicking noise with bench presses

When doing bench presses, both the left and right areas of my shoulders make this really loud clicking sound and it feels as if the bones are clicking against each other. This has been happening for ...