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First off, ask your trainer how many athletes he or she has trained that have won national, regional, or international titles. Personally, my belief is that unless you have trained someone that's made the Olympic team (or around there), you should probably put your ego in check and emulate what the Olympic trainers are doing. Training isn't an art project ...


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Here's something that might help a bit. From a 2009 study: The purpose of the present study was to investigate the long-term effects of two different stretching techniques on the range of motion (ROM) and on drop jump (DJ). DJ scores were assessed by means of a contact mat connected to a digital timer. ROM was measured by use of a goniometer. The ...


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You're sore Wednesday because you squatted Monday. Soreness from lifting can easily last two or three days, and even get worse on later days. It's called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS. Since waking up this morning, my lower back is very sore. It is as if I did a heavy workout. I don't understand why this happened. This wasn't as sore yesterday. ...


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Check out Limber 11 by a guy called Joe DeFranco. It's a few exercises/stretches which really helped me with my squat form. I used to have pain in the front of my hip when squatting but I started doing this 3 times a week and I noticed improvements after only a few days. Your lower back will also thank you for doing this. Some of the exercises require a bit ...


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I don't believe that there is a universal list of stretches, but there are certainly guides out there. I'm personally fond of Craig Ramsay's Anatomy of Stretching which has both an hour-long comprehensive set of stretches and a 15 minute essentials one, the latter of which also comes on a poster that comes with the book. I attempted to scan in his quick ...


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Static stretching very slightly decreases the chance of injury at a strong detriment to strength. Its not necessarily wrong but if you want to lift heavy may be wrong for you. Cardio before lifting worries me though, as its likely that you will tire out many of your weakest muscles (much of your abdominals for example) before you even start lifting, causing ...


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First, a point on definitions: Stretching - To lengthen a muscle. (Sit ups would not be considered stretching.) Strengthening - To contract a muscle against resistance. Cardio - Any exercise to raise your heart rate. All I can do for activity now is to lie down and come up and touch my toes without moving my knees. Actually, you have a lot of ...


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The type of stretching that involves "bouncing" or lunging in a repeated pattern is called ballistic stretching. While there are a few, very limited uses, it has been contraindicated as a stretching method for many years. Every tendon (structure that connects muscle to bone) has what is known as a stretch reflex, that when triggered, causes the muscle ...


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I roll my eyes a little bit at "core" exercises, because your body works as a full whole so if you're doing proper full body exercises your "core" (which isn't some agreed-upon anatomical term) will not only be trained, but will be trained proportionately. This is a huge deal and can't be overstated: a lot of training is down right dangerous and counter ...


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No static program will bring constant improvement. If you want to continue increasing flexibility over time, you need to do something like regularly attend a yoga class, where the exercises used progress over time and you're exposed to a wide variety of movements.


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I haven't had problem with calf "heel" raises before, but I would take the writer's advice, calf raises are not my expertise. I do not know of whether pelvic tilts are safe or not, they didn't look extremely unsafe to me but it looked like it could possibly cause strain on certain areas(lower back, hip, etc.). Overall, instead of answering your third ...


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When the upper outer front part of my leg feels tight or painful during squats, I find the best results from stretching my glutes. Stretches like yoga's pigeon pose: ...or pushing my knees out from a deep 3rd world squat: ...seem to help the most. Foam rolling the area that actually hurts can help too.


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I have no strength or stretching exercises for this purpose, but I do see this: I have been spending one afternoon a week practicing cartwheels, handstands, backbends, and walkovers. Gymnastics skills benefit from frequent practice. Even a quick few minutes of practice every day could make a huge difference versus once a week.


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Quite frankly, your best bet is to consult a physical therapist so as to avoid injury. Outside of that, one physical therapy site recommends the following: Avoid overstretching Avoid positions or activities involving extreme ranges of motion in the hips Strengthen muscles surrounding the hips, pelvis, spine, and knees (best to be advised by a physical ...


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Because you are risking a hamstring tear and/or lower back injury, for little or no gain. Both are very painful and take a long time (months) to recover. First of all, as others have pointed out, you should not do ballistic stretching. In addition, you should always keep your spine straight when stretching the hamstrings. When you reach the limits of your ...


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If you have not stopped growing, then you may add some additional height. However, the only real way to tell this is to have x-rays done of your growth plates. If they have closed, then you will not be able to naturally add height. Stretching and yoga may help the slow shrinking that everyone goes through as the spinal cartilage and discs slowly compress ...


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I danced for a long time and have a BA in it and was part of a modern dance company. I would look at really some general yoga stretching to begin with, this is something that we always did. A big key is to make sure you get the blood moving first to avoid injury. A simple way is to just make the class do jumping jacks, but that is boring. Since its ...


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I could recommend some 'flows' like the 4 movement closed System from ido portal. https://youtu.be/D8QxbtcA5hU I like those kind of stretch and mobility drills highly effective and timesaving also are more fun then static stretching routines.


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As in my answer here, I'm a fan of Craig Ramsay's Anatomy of Stretching, which offers, along with a long list of stretches, both an hour-long comprehensive routine and a 15 minute "essentials" routine. Here is a low-res scan of the latter:


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Flexibility is training just like any other training. There is no gene for flexibility. And, just like any other training, it will follow the same sort of timeline as any other exercise regimen. Nobody can tell you with any certainty how you will respond to stretching, unfortunately. If you want to increase your flexibility, you need to be working all the ...


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This happened to me when I started doing vigorous yoga again after an extended period of absence. My flexor muscles would cramp in simple things like child pose, but my base foot would always cramp during balance postures. It went away after a few weeks, in combination with the exercise and corrective measures. My primary training is as a massage therapist ...


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You're describing two different types if stretching: ballistic, when you push with momentum, and static, when you push slower and hold the stretch steady for 30 seconds or more. Static is safer because you are much less likely to push too far when you know you're going to have to deal with the pain for the next 30 seconds or more. With ballistic, there is ...


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The machine you show is actually another type of elliptical trainer typically meant for light exercise or cardio work. I would suggest you look at performing some active stretching following a specific program for the hamstrings. For example, following a program designed for the target muscle. You may also want to search the ExRx site for stretches.


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This exercise is commonly utilized in yoga practice. Your body alignment, breathing, and head movement are all important. Make sure to begin with your shoulders stacked directly above your wrists, and hips directly above knees (as shown in the images above). As you inhale, let your gaze trace up to the ceiling and backwards; your upper back should follow as ...


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Your back is probably hurting because you are immobilized in one position, something that a simple fidget can help. What actually happens is when muscle is immobilised in a shortened position (your hip flexors when you drive for example) for some time there is a loss of some muscle sarcomeres. GOOD NEWS is that this can be reversed once you are starting to ...


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Don't choose my answer. Wait for more knowledgeable people. I just want to give some suggestions. First, building muscle is very difficult. You shouldn't fear becoming bulky, it will not happen unless you do a very specific training and nutrition during a long time. Just exercise and forget about that fear (your muscles may become denser and harder in the ...


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As far as I can tell, the word for the sound is Crepitus, although this not only describes "popping", but also "grating" and "crackling". While not necessarily pathological itself, many conditions actually do lead to that kind of sound. If it's especially the "popping" that interests you, the wiki on cracking joints seems to adress this. Different processes ...


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Firstly, bad sitting will lead to bad posture, which will also be evidenced by a weak core. Secondly, no exercises will let you sit properly; all they can do is to strengthen your core and give you good reasons to sit properly. You have to make a conscious effort to sit properly. After practising it for a while, it might become second nature to you; ...


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There is debate over how beneficial stretching actually is, but for these hard to stretch areas a foam roller (or similar tools for reaching smaller areas, such as the spikey balls) can be very useful for releasing tension short term, similar to a massage. They are pretty straight forward to use, but guides can be found online through a quick search. ...


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On this site there should be every stretching exercise imaginable. Just do a couple each day, keep at it, be consistent and eventually It'll show: http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/finder/lookup/filter/exercisetype/id/3/exercisetype/stretching



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