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I'd definitely need to read the whole article to be 100% this proves bigger muscles are more resistant to stretching, but judging only from the abstract of this review (http://www.clinbiomech.com/article/S0268-0033(00)00061-9/abstract) this seems to be the case: "...passive extensibility is influenced by the size (mass) and length of muscle ...
There is not much you can actively do to grow taller. Your genetics will ultimately dictate your height. When you stop growing is not set in stone. It comes down to individual differences. Like someone in the comment section pointed out, you should get an x-ray to see if you growth plates have fused. After they fuse, there is nothing you can do.
If you feel that your method works and is giving you the results you want, just keep doing it. It really doesn't matter what anybody thinks about it. If your ancle flexibility is stopping you from doing a proper squat then you should look into buying weightlifting shoes with an elevated heel. It will allow you to squat more upright without great ancle ...
There is something called a hollow position: http://maxwellsc.com/maxwellsc2/images/pro-cert-04.jpg This should be your position while doing pullups. Bracing your abs and contracting your glutes would probably end your pain.
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 ...
Dynamic stretching is also very important to increase you flexibility. But make sure you are sufficiently warm and agile/loose when doing any stretching!!
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