Questions tagged [flexibility]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 splits for fat people

I am 1.78 metres tall, weighs 125 kg(last I checked) and had a gut size of 46'. Is it possible at all for me to do the splits, and if yes, are there any good methods/advices for me on how to do the ...
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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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Does exercise help to increase flexibility / mobility?

I'm recently getting back into the gym after a long layoff. I've found that my whole body, especially my legs, has a lot of tightness and trigger points going on. This will no doubt be because of how ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Foundational Stetches for CrossFit

I feel like there are so many mobility stretches out there for your body, but which ones do you really need to do. To be an all around CrossFit athlete and have continual gains you must improve your ...
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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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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 mobility/...
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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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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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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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Is there an inverse relationship between range of motion and stability?

I have a fairly reputable yoga instructor with 16 years of experience in various fitness-related roles who claims that increasing range of motion through stretching actually reduces stability. The ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Does sitting really reduce ROM?

If I had a dollar for something along the lines of... "lots of sitting every day gives you tight hip flexors and hamstrings/calves...". I am skeptical of that claim. It's plausible, but seems taken ...
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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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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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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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How effective are standing desks?

How effective at improving flexibility/posture/fitness/general health is using a standing desk instead of a sitting desk?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...