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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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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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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Daily stretch routine to increase flexibilty and overall fitness?

Is there a standard (as much as can be standard) stretch routine that if used regularly over a period of time will increase/maintain flexibility and help my overall fitness level? I have a set of ...
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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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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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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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How often should I stretch to improve my flexibility?

I'm trying to get my splits; I'm well on my way, but I still have a long way to go. How often should I stretch to improve my flexibility at an optimal pace (and not injure myself)? Is flexibility ...
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Why is my outer hip tight when doing some inner thigh stretches?

Bound angle pose (pictured below) is supposed to stretch the inner thigh muscles and groin, but I can't even get to the point of feeling anything in in those areas because something in my outer hips ...
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Does stretching interfere at all with strength gain or injury susceptibility in resistance training?

I searched through the site and couldn't find a good answer to this. Does stretching (to improve flexibility) interact or slow the muscle building and strength increasing benefits of weight training? ...
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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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Using a Foam Roller

Recently a personal trainer recommended I use a foam roller for muscle massage and flexibility. Most research I've done on the web simply states the roller 'massages the muscle' or 'breaks down scar ...
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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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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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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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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 it possible for an adult to significantly improve passive static flexibility?

I've heard that improving passive static flexibility is only possible for children, but for adults it's more or less set in stone, because it's not possible to lengthen the ligaments as you age. So ...
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What are workouts or stretches to increase flexibility for the splits?

What kind of workout or stretches can I do to increase my range of motion? I want to be able to do a split (I am quite close). What kind of stretch should I do?
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How can I stretch hamstrings in isolation?

I have strong, very short hamstrings, and a weak, flexible lower back. If I try to touch my toes, I get about 1/2-way down my shins. However, most of that mobility is in my lower back. If I lie on my ...
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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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Overstretching to increase flexibility

I attend regular martial arts classes (about 3-4 a week). We spend a lot of time stretching, particularly the hip area and the legs, to increase flexibility. Often after some classes where we do a ...
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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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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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Where can I find stretching exercise information where it tells you how far you need to go?

I’ve been reading The Complete Guide to Stretching recently in an effort to help find some solutions to muscle aching problems I have. The hypothesis I’ve been operating under is that I have muscle ...
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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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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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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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kickbox aerobics: want to make higher roundhouse kicks

I'm 41, regular gym visitor for one year, general fitness level "OK but not great". Recently I started to enjoy a kickbox aerobics course at my gym. I realized I hardly ever trained such rapid ...
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How can I increase shoulder flexibiity for squats & snatches?

I have noticed flexbility is a big issue for me in squatting as well as snatching (I cannot snatch at all currently). For example, if I squat with no weight, I cannot complete a squat with my arms ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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What can improve external shoulder rotation while squatting?

External shoulder rotation (or lack thereof) is becoming a problem for me as I squat a little heavier. It's preventing me from having a nice low bar and also forcing me to take quite a wide grip. ...
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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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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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Source for flexibility training

I want to become more flexible. Unfortunately, there's lots of conflicting and unsourced material on stretching and flexibility training out there. Could anyone point me to a reputable source for ...
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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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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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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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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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Why doesn't stretching feel good?

I hear people say they like to stretch out because it feels good. I've never had that experience. It's not painful, but it's somewhere between unpleasant and neutral. Hence, stretching is work, and I ...
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How can someone new to Yoga improve on their workout?

Recently I have started Yoga, but I find myself unable to hold any position more than ten seconds. I was told to exaggerate my posture, but I simply could not. My flexibility is horrific and feel ...
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Clicking and clicking noise with bench presses

When doing bench presses, both the left and right areas of my shoulders make this really loud clicking sound and it feels as if the bones are clicking against each other. This has been happening for ...
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What are some good exercises for a beginner to do with an Excercise Ball

I'd like to build a daily or bi-daily strength and flexibility workout around a new exercise ball I have. What are some good exercises to start with?
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Is it possible to do weight lifting and have a flexible body? [duplicate]

As far as I know weight lifting makes your muscles tight. So is it possible to do weight lifting and still be able to maintain a flexible body?
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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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I'm rather flexible, how should I stretch my hamstrings?

When I'm standing I can have my hands flat on the floor and not feel much of a stretch in my hamstrings. Currently I've been lying on my back, and with one leg straight out in front, pull the other ...
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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. ...