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

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Olympic Squat Mobility

How can I achieve a similar flexibilty like this (not talking about the weight, just empty bar for example)? I like his squatting style alot and would like to be able to get into the same bottom ...
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What is a reasonable schedule for increasing flexibility?

I have terrible general flexibility, which both causes discomfort and affects my form when exercising (for example, I fall off balance any time I try and do a squat). This is something that I'd very ...
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Exercise that loads hamstring whilst reaching its peak ROM?

I've recently realised that I have very tight hamstrings - when lying flat on the ground, I can only lift each leg around 75 degrees off the floor when doing this: Though I'm keeping my legs ...
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Stretches/exercises to sit cross legged

I'm a reasonably fit male with an athletic background, but can't sit cross-legged. Whenever I do, my knees stay really high and I have to really bend my ankles to get into the position at all. When I ...
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How often and how long should yoga be practiced for optimal health benefit?

Yoga is a very varied way of exercise -- e.g., doing Surya Namaskar many times will of course improve one's stamina; most of the yoga asanas will build both strength and flexibility; some will help to ...
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Complete and minimal flexibility workout?

I would like to increase my flexibility. Not necessarily every single part of my body but I would like to hit most if not all areas. I would like a set of several exercises that I can do one day or ...
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Stretches to make my wrist more flexible

I recently punched someone, and now my right wrist is not as flexible as the left one. I can bend it to around 45 degrees but then it becomes painful, so I have to stop. I need to make it more ...
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Do isometric exercises decrease flexibility?

When weight training I've been told that to avoid muscle inflexibility to always perform lifts through the full range of motion of the joint. Does this extend to isometric exercises, where there is ...
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What exercises can improve my squat depth? I'm limited by how far my knees go over my toes

I have trouble getting low in my attempts at "ass to grass" squats. I have realized my calves are to blame for lack of motion what should I do to improve their flexibility?
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Become more flexible through strength training?

Say you're performing an exercise which forces you to have proper form and a certain degree of flexibility to perform correctly. For example, pistol/overhead/front squats. If I emphasize heavily on ...
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What exercises could help me to gain elasticity?

I have never been very flexible and I would like to improve it. I have started training around two weeks ago doing some easy stretching exercises that I was taught at high school. I've been training ...
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Can anyone do the 180 degree split, if they really want to?

Given time, proper training, and the wish to succeed, would anyone be able someday to do a 180 degree split? Or are people out there that for some reason would never be able to do it, no matter how ...
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Which activities increase flexibility?

Normally we look to stretching exercises, and then yoga as ways to increase flexibility. If you don't enjoy stretching and yoga, then increasing flexibility becomes a chore. What other activities are ...
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What could be causing the pain in my shoulder during chest presses and pull-downs? [closed]

I experience pain in my left shoulder during wide grip lat pull-down (more when arms are in the lower part of the movement). I do wide grip pull-ups without any problems at the same time. It also ...
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warming up to increase splits

I'm working currently on increasing flexibility in my adductors (specifically the left leg, since it is stiffer than my right), and eventually would like to be able to do a full side split. Should I ...
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How to keep flexibility with weight training?

I heard that weight training will lower a person's flexibility over time. How to preserve the flexibility while getting stronger? Is the answer taking up yoga classes at the same time? Or, is there an ...
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Things to do during rest days

Currently, my workout consists of (exclusively) high-intensity exercises (some sprinting HIIT, pullups, and more). After a few attempts at research and help from this community, I've come to accept ...
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developing calf and hip flexor flexibility

I've been doing karate for years now, but I've noticed that my calves and hip flexors are extremely inflexible. My knees can barely move past my toes when flexing my calves, and my hip flexors are so ...
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Strengthening for performing Head Stand

I wish to perform head stands, however I need to make myself fit. On a daily basis I have been doing Downward Dog, with both feet touching floor, 20 seconds Tree Pose, each side 20 seconds What ...
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Safe training regime to work towards center and front splits

I want to improve my flexiblity to be able to to center and front splits. Is there any safe exercise program to follow which will lead me to this goal? During the week I have time to stretch for 10 ...
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Which muscles to train and how for horizontal oversplit?

I have become extremely flexible within two months after changing my squats going totally down with slow negatives/aggressive up-down, it has improved my vertical split massively. Side oversplit looks ...
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Flexibility Training for Taekwondo?

I'm a taekwondo pupil and weightlifter in between sessions. Thing is some of my high kicks are troubled by a lack of flexibility around "I don't know where " mainly the Dollyo Chagui and Yop Chagui ...
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Flexibility exercises for better posture

Sorry guys, I know most of you know flexibility as the ability to flex, but in this thread I want to have answers regarding the other, less popular type. There are tons of exercises that will ...
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When a muscle can flex so tight it's painful, is anything wrong?

As I train various muscle groups, I've noticed that I cannot flex a few of them the way I would biceps or quads. The flex becomes painfully tight verging on a muscle cramp before I finish the range of ...
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Not straight angle in Sumo/Plie squat hinting of inflexibility in groins, hips, back or elsewhere?

I am trying to understand the reason for the angle in plie/sumo squat: where I think I get more angle than the girl here. What can cause the angle in sumo squat? Is it due to poor hips ...
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How to improve mobility of shoulders where arms straight together behind back?

I attended one beginner course in CFT Lauttasaari where they said that this is a common problem with guys and recommended stick/bar training to improve flexibility and range of motion. This is ...
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What is a low-impact exercise routine that slowly progresses towards more normal exercises?

I'm out of shape. I'm the kind of person who usually spends almost 10 to 16h a day in front of the computer nowadays but in the past I at least experienced or practiced about 10 different martial arts ...
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Learning about fitness for skiing

I hope this question doesn't feel like a get-rich-quick scheme for fitness. I am struggling to get/stay fit for skiing. (Leisure). I have not been able to find any coaches which focus on fitness for ...
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touching toes without bending knees exercises

i've never been able to touch my toes without bending my knees. from the research that i've done, i believe that improved flexibility in the hamstrings and lower back is the best way to reach this ...
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How can I build up the flexibility to do a ballet wide plie?

I can put my legs in the position for a ballet wide plie, but when I'm squatting up and down in that position in the context of a fast-paced Zumba-like dance class, I feel like my hips are going to ...
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Yoga for muscle imbalances?

I used to follow a faulty workout regime that emphasised anterior chain more while stretching the posterior chain more, meaning horrendous posture and muscle strength imbalance. I'm considering yoga ...
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Which type of Yoga focuses more on flexibility?

I am currently doing the Strong Lifts program (pretty similar to Starting Strength). My hips and shoulders are giving me trouble when doing squats and the overhead press. I want to increase ...
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Is Yoga a good synergy for my routine to improve flexibility?

All, I started working out 5 / 6 days a week since December previous. My routine involves alternating days of bodyweight training and running. All in all I am happy with my routine and see noticeable ...
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Why do I lose the flexibility gained from stretching?

Every time I stretch for a few minutes, I seem to be more flexible than before. But, after a few hours of resting, the flexibility gained seems to be lost again and my flexibility is back where I ...
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Any input on fixing running form with resistance training?

Underwent a gait analysis for a sports conditioning class. We found that my gait is way too long/wide. I'm heel striking like it's going out of style. The rear leg is consistently way too far back. ...
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Doing crunches for month and after that stop doing it effect body shape?

I've done crunches for one month regularly in the gym and after that I stopped exercising. And my stomach came out after two months. So is it because I stop doing crunches ? What should I do in order ...
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Arm cross stretching behind the back, how to improve it?

My goal is to improve the flexibility in arms: I want to get symmetric flexibility to the right and left. I am right-handed in writing but left-handed in most club games. The right side is becoming ...
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What alternatives should a novice use when they're not flexible enough to do regular deadlifts?

A friend is starting to work out with me. Normally we would deadlift, squat, and do upper-body pushes and pulls. However, my friend seems to lack the requisite flexibility for a full range of motion ...
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Is there any benefit to being more flexible than is necessary to reach position?

Klokov posted a video on youtube a while ago showing his flexibility during warmup. He's obviously much more flexible than is necessary to reach a snatch position. Does this degree of flexibility ...
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Unable to grasp bar doing a back barbell squat

I've decided to start weightlifting using the Starting Strength program. The above image shows the barbell position for doing a back squat (the wrists are not in the correct position). I am unable ...
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Is flexibility training limited by lack of exercise in youth?

In my youth, I walked to school where I mostly sat, and walked home, where I mostly sat. I never practiced sports or other physically strenuous activity, except some weight training as a teenager, and ...
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Increase range of movement in Shoulders

What can I do to increase the range of movement in my shoulders (in any or all directions)? Is it even possible to significantly increase the range of movement in young adulthood? And what sorts of ...
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What exersise routine would I be able to do which would prepare me for pre-employment physical assessment outline below?

I have just been given the info on a pre-employment physical assessment for a job I am looking at. There are 5 components and I can see obvious answers to achieving some of the goals but some are ...
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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 ...