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

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Flexibility workouts for spinning heel kick - taekwondo

I am a taekwondo student (black belt) . I took a year long break, but have reconnected with the sport. Recently though, I learnt that I am unable to perform a spinning heel kick due to a lack of ...
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Good Active Flexibility Stretch for Mid Back

What is a good "Active Flexibility" Stretch for Mid back? Note: Active Flexibility is different from Passive/Static. Resource: Passive vs Active Flexibility Stretch "Active flexibility ...
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Shoulder Rod Stretch, Difference Using Wooden Bar Rod or Towel Rope

Whats the difference in doing the shoulder bar dislocation stretch with a regular wooden rod vs a towel/rope? (Note: I know the second picture is using a towel, but I use a rope and pull it wide tight)...
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Shoulder Rod Stretch, Trying to gain flexibility and reached a limit

I am doing the following shoulder rod dislocation stretch. I seemed to have reached a cap on how far I can put my hands together. Right now they are 40 inches apart, at 30 degree from vertical. I was ...
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Shoulder Stretch Lying Down, Proper technique?

Is the following a legitimate back shoulder stretch? I have never seen this stretch on any resource website until now. Sometimes when I see something on youtube, I have verify its a proper stretch ...
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Shoulder Mobility: Standing and Lying Dislocation Exercise Difference

Whats the difference between the Standing Stick shoulder mobility exercise, standing up and lying down? Do they exercise different muscle groups? Trying to understand the difference between doing the ...
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Does Active Flexibility Reduce Speed and Quickness?

I am training for basketball/football to get Faster with Speed. Currently exercising in "Dynamic Flexibility" and believe this can help extend leg range, and obtain faster strides to a ...
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Increase Active Flexibility

I am able to do the Front and Side splits (on the floor and against a wall). However, when just lifting my leg up in front extended casually from standing position, the most I can get it up is 90 ...
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If high volume of work at high frequency stimulates muscle growth, why does computer work cause RSI?

Typing for 8 hours a day places the muscles and tendons under much more stress than any strength training or stretching routine a physiotherapist might prescribe to someone suffering from RSI. And yet ...
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Can an inflexible person do yoga?

I've been attempting various beginner yoga sessions online during lockdown, including youtube videos and the Down Dog app. However, I find every single one of them involves "simple" ...
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Flexible: Stretch Hips and Rotate Internal

The following 2 Exercises will Rotate the Hips External. I am curious if anyone knows any stretches to Rotate the Hips Internal (opposite direction).
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Recommended walking miles for sedentary person

I am 37 and almost all my while I sat in front of a computer (always had a bear belly) with little to no activity or sometimes regular gym and sometimes nothing but now I am having pain in my knees ...
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does strength gain (without muscles getting bigger) lead to greater flexibility?

I notice that after injury people lose their flexibility. Rehab exercises will strengthen the injured muscle and also make the recovering person more flexible. But is this also the case when a regular,...
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Can certain exercises help with flexbility?

Rather than simply just stretching, can exercises help to improve flexibility too? So two examples I'm thinking of are: Romanian deadlifts to improve hamstring flexibility Chest flys to improve chest ...
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Doing Turkish Getup with Toe Pain

I have been trying to perform proper Turkish Getups, so I have been practicing the different parts of the movement (usually with a small empty box instead of weight so I can learn the technique first)....
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Burn fat while maintaining flexibility

I am a female aerialist (lyra, silks, etc.) And I have reached a point where I can not advance unless I burn some fat off my mid section. I'm not overweight but that is what I need to achieve however ...
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Is my calf supposed to hurt while I’m doing the half middle splits?

I started learning the splits 3 months ago and while stretching my right half middle split, my extended leg tends to shift to the side and my calf hurts. I try to keep it straight but it makes my calf ...
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Has any man achieved slow high kicks in their 30s?

My goal is to be able to do a slow, controlled side-kick movement significantly above waist level (ideally, head-height). Is there any evidence-based training program that would lead to that? I have ...
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Flexibility and Strength training, which muscles is are being trained in this video

I lift weights and I do yoga regularly. I did notice I'm a bit stiff so I was looking for some stretching/mobility exercises I could integrate maybe after/before I do weight lifting or even ...
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What are the common causes for asymmetrical hips during the figure-four stretch?

In this photo I am relaxed and standing on one leg. I am not pushing or holding my knee down. I should have taken the picture without my hand resting on my knee, but I didn't. This position does not ...
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Can I become flexible enough to touch the ground?

I am 175 cm. high, 45 years old. When I stand with my legs straight and bow down, my palms are about 70 cm above the ground. I have done this daily for several weeks, hoping that I will improve in ...
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Why is my leg mobility limited even when it doesn't feel like I'm stretching a muscle?

Scenario: I'm standing up straight, trying to raise one knee up in front of me, like I'm marching. Problem: I can't raise it up even to 90 degrees. See photo below. Ordinarily if my mobility is ...
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What are the stretches in the Blogilates "Journey to Splits" program?

I was looking for a resource on achieving the splits, and stumbled on the Blogilates #JourneyToSplits program. The stretches included in the program are these (details in the linked blog post): My ...
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Need help regarding hip hinge/straight leg mobility?

Am 5 6" male 61 kg, fit and active. I seem not able to stand straight and bend to reach my toes while keeping a straight back. I feel tight near my hamstrings and my back begins to round and I am ...
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Difference in stretching routines that focus on flexibility vs mobility?

I'm trying to find a daily stretching routine to incorporate in addition to my cardio and resistance training. I understand that flexibility is not necessarily the same as mobility. I was wondering if ...
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How hard should the muscular contraction be during PNF stretching?

My understanding is that during PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching, you contract the muscle you wish to stretch against resistance; how hard should that contraction be? Taking ...
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Knees (cartilage?) hurt when squatting [closed]

Both my knees (and even more so, my left knee) hurt when I squat down and stay in that position for 3-4 minutes. There's a dull pain that gets worse the longer I stay squatting, and when I stand up, ...
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Powerlifting and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Combine Both?

My hopes and wishes have come true: a new Brazilian jiu-jitsu academy is opening down the street from my work. I am excited. However, since previously leaving BJJ I have started powerlifting. I want ...
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How to increase flexibility from the basics?

I am quite athletic, and I regularly workout and play soccer, but I am much less flexible. I can't even bend and put my hands near my toes (it reaches up to my shins when I feel tighness from ...
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Can tight hip flexors cause tight hamstrings?

Today I noticed that when I sit like this: My left leg goes comfortably all the way down, but my right leg won't. It won't go down past 45 degrees unless stretched. Does this mean that the right hip ...
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How to correct muscle imbalance in front half vs back half of my body

I have a 9-5 desk job and also spend large parts of my free time sitting down. Whilst a small change in this direction is possible a large part of it isn't practical and therefore an answer such as, ...
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How to keep flexibility after stretching

I stretch almost every day, and I have been doing so for a few months. My hands stop short almost a hand length from my toes. After I stretch, I can touch them. The next day, I'm back to zero. This ...
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Whole Body Mobility Routine

I'm currently trying to assemble a little mobility routine for myself. I got two, a little more detailled, questions: When should I perform mobility exercises: Before the workout, in order to get ...
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Does foam rolling and "smashing and flossing" work?

I am the lucky (?) owner of a copy of the book "Becoming a Supple Leopard" by Kelly Starrett. In this book on page 139 he introduces a concept that he calls sliding surfaces: "To ensure suppleness, ...
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Can I increase flexibility by strengthening muscles?

I do not believe in static stretching. In one of Pavels books he mentions that while most people can not perform a full split, they can still bend one leg 90 degrees sideways. In another question: ...
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Instantly increasing flexibility by becoming angry as a result of pain

When a person experiences severe pain his body enters some sort of "survival mode" and as a result his flexibility (and strength I seem to remember) is increased. This is demonstrated here by Charles ...
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Unable to cross stretch and link hands from behind the back

I have a query regarding arm flexibility. Please refer to the picture attached. As you can see, the person is not able to cross stretch and touch the arms behind the back. How can we fix this issue?
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post stretching tightness in posterior leg muscles

I'm a 28yo female, very physically active (circus arts, martial arts, cycling, yoga), and have been for my entire life. I have partial hyperflexibility (arms, lower back, toes), and have been working ...
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The science of flexibility

Background I have been trying to find more scientific approaches to flexibility. Even here, most answers don't link to studies or cite papers. It seems there is a lot of "this is what I have been ...
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Flexibility loss timeframe

In this question, we addressed timeframes for the loss of different types of strength. Building on this, what is the timeframe for loss of flexibility to become significant? There is an implicit ...
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Flexibility training - short & intense vs. long & light

I'd like to know which approach is the best (i.e. the most efficient) when it comes to stretching and getting more flexible: Intense exersices (juste below one's pain threshold) for a short duration (...
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A2G Squats: Is Ankle Flexibility the Right Concern?

I am trying to go all the way down on squats. It seems that if my heels are way up I can keep my back straight and prevent "butt-wink". So, the logical solution here seems to be the stretch my calfs. ...
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Why I can't touch my toes and how to fix it?

I cannot bend down and touch my toes,I could reach only till my shins...I am 21,5'6 and play sports regularly.I cannot even reach my toes when sitting. It's not a new problem, I've always not able to ...
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Is my torso short for my legs length? [duplicate]

I can't touch my toes with my finger tips when bending(feel tightness in my hamstrings),and when compared to my friend,the degree of bend was same but for that he could touch his toes,but I couldn't.I ...
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Improving knee flexibility

I've suffered from an injury in my knee the past 2 weeks or so. Yesterday I went to see a physiotherapist to see whats wrong. Long story short, my right knee is less flexible than my left one because ...
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stretching before/after massage for flexibility gain

I noticed that I have significant flexibility increase in thighs after massaging the area. I can almost do side split after a massage, but the next day I am all tight again. If my goal was to ...
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I can't figure out which muscle is weakest/tight

So I'm a female, age 26, height about 5'5', weight about 116-119 pounds, no medical conditions, no medication, was active in sports and regular exercise from age 11-16. I have a few problems which ...
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Stretch to Improve Arm Closing Flexibility

I'm noticing as I build muscle that it's harder for me to close my arm all the way -- the motion you would use to touch your fist to your shoulder. I've noticed little things so far: it's harder to ...
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Will weight lifting affect speed and flexibility?

I am 22 years old, weighing around 70 kg and 5ft 11 inches in height. I want to gain strength overall and i have some concerns on choosing weight lifting to achieve this. I have started training ...
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Is there a chance to develop lotus position during adulthood? [closed]

I'm 27 and I've never stayed in lotus position my whole life, now I'm trying because I find it the best position for meditation, but I'm very inflexible. I read somewhere that it's too late to develop ...
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