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Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific skeletal muscle (or muscle group) is deliberately stretched.

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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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Apply high frequency rapid up and down movement at the muscle's current maximum stretch point

Introducing up and down vibration in muscle's current maximum stretch point is wrong right? For a example what they doing in 2:23 upward, Hot Yoga and CONTORTION, flexibility, Total Body Stretch - ...
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Follow-along videos for the most effective stretching routine

I'm looking to increase range of motion, primarily for certain lifts (e.g. back and front squat), for acro yoga (e.g. hamstrings), and general flexibility (e.g. for yoga). I've done some research into ...
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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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Straddle position

At this moment I am working on my straddle planche. I've noticed that when performing it I've got those 2 problems: I am unable to fully straighten my legs ( lack of hamstring flexibility? ) while ...
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most efficient way of training finger

I recently started trying planche and other bodyweight exercises (like push ups and pull ups) on my fingers. I was trying to figure out how to make my fingers stronger. I know that many climbers use ...
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Stretching and hypertrophy/strength

So hypertrophy from weightlifting is due to microtears in muscle fibers. Intense stretching also causes microtears, so why doesn't (or does?) stretching lead to hypertrophy and muscle gain? Stretching ...
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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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Exercises to aid in recovery of trapezius muscle and provide future protection?

My upper back has been susceptible for years to get stiff or spasm when I do any sort of weights, typically for a few days. I've been told that totally resting a sore muscle is not ideal, rather very ...
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Single foot turned outwards, knee pain [closed]

I have a persistent problem that I can't manage by myself by stretches & strenghtening. First of all I'm 35 and for last 10 years I was running, mostly trail running and mountain running for no ...
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Stretching for weightlifting

I've read from others that stretching can be very beneficial to weightlifting. I'm 44 years old and I notice myself getting injured easier and my muscles get tight/cramped more frequently than when I ...
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Is it good for the body to do some stretching at random times during the day?

It happens to me that when I go for a run, then my body does not really feel like stretching. Then, after an hour or so, I can do that and it relaxes me a lot. Also, I may be somewhere outside during ...
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Does this exercise stretch hip flexors?

Unfortunately I can't find much information on this question anywhere. Hope someone here can help to clear things out. I know the classic exercise for hip flexor (psoas) stretch is the kneeling hip ...
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Is "Hyperbolic Stretching" a real thing?

Hyperbolic Stretching is being advertised nearly non-stop on Facebook for me currently, offering a "simple, yet highly effective 8-minute per day routine that will skyrocket your athletic performance ...
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What would happen if an adult was forced into a right split?

I have been reading there is no physiological reason why everyone cannot do a split. Each leg can form a 90 degree angle with the torso independently so there's no reason you can't do a split. The ...
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I can't learn to do splits for almost three years. Can it be due to anatomical limitations?

I've been stretching since summer 2017 (probably, June, I don't recall exactly). My daily stretching takes approximately 20 minutes. Basically, I do the same set of exercises all this time (more or ...
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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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Is there a database of stretches?

I'm looking for an online digital database (or encyclopedia of sorts, preferably free but open to paid options as well) of all the types of stretching (static, dynamic, PNF, etc). Big plus if there's ...
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Is this a valid stretch?

I was in a group stretching thing at work led by a colleague (so no training or qualifications) and wasn’t sure about one of the stretches. It started with us standing and pushing both arms up above ...
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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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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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What is the difference between yoga and stretching?

Are yoga and stretching the same? If not, what are the differences? What are the advantages of each? Are there situations where yoga might be the best option, and are there situations where ...
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If I stretch one muscle, should I also stretch other related muscles?

When following an exercise regime, it is recommended that one follows a balanced program. for example not just exercising the biceps every day but also the triceps (just an example). I would like to ...
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I'm 35. is a split achievable?

I've always been very inflexible and it never bothered me until five years ago. Flexibility began to transpire as the missing link to my climbing improvement. Since then, I've taken up acro-yoga. I'm ...
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Getting more elastic

I think that my spine is not as straight as it should be and also when I bend forward I cannot touch my toes, as far as I can reach is only just below my knees. I want to start going to the gym to get ...
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How to efficiently stretch Pec Minor (Pectoralis Minor) for rounded shoulders

For about 20 years now, I have had rounded shoulders due to too mostly too tight Pec Minor muscles. I've been trying to change that for about a year now. My investigations on the internet brought me ...
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How to improve leg lift in 3 legged downward dog pose

I am practicing yoga for the past 5 months. However I still struggle to lift the leg high up in 3 legged downward dog pose. The hanging leg does not cross more than 90 degree from ground despite 5 ...
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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 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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Should one push or pull the leg when performing a piriformis stretch?

Should one push or pull the leg when performing a piriformis stretch? I have seen both versions: (image source (mirror)) (image source (mirror))
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Is the seated piriformis stretch complementary or redundant with the supine piriformis stretch?

Is the seated piriformis stretch complementary or redundant with the supine piriformis stretch? Seated piriformis stretch: (image source (mirror)) Supine piriformis stretch: (image source (mirror))...
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Proper dead hang form - elbows locked out or slightly bent?

I would like to understand whether it is/isn't a good idea to completely lock out (completely straighten) the elbows while hanging from a pull up bar - either at the bottom of a pull up or just while ...
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Is there any benefit in stretching with weights?

The kind of stretching I'm referring to is the sort some schools make their kids do at morning assembly. Skip through parts of this video to get a general idea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-...
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I cannot sit in 90° on ground

When I sit on the ground I cannot sit in 90° Instead I only get something like 110° I also cannot touch my foots with bend legs. Are there any special excercises that can help me to get more ...
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Gluteus Medius doesn't feel like it is doing the work?

I'm currently trying to train my gluteus medius in order to provide a more stable stance while squatting. My knees feel kind of wobbly while doing such motions and I read that this would help. To ...
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Starting to Run in Threadmill

I decided to start with running since there's a treadmill in our house. I have very low stamina, that's why I have decided to start running. I have no exercise since I was born. I am 5 feet and 9 ...
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Is stretching after bodybuilding workout advised?

I heard many things about stretching but recently, I had 2 different (and opposite) advices about it. Both were from certified trainers. One said that, after your workout, whatever your workout was, ...
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advice for male turning 40+

I've been weight and martial art training for a few years now, on and off. Having turned 40 recently, and over the years noticing changes like longer recovery times etc, I was wondering if there are ...
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Stretching full body after upper body workout?

I include stretching into every workout - after the workout itself. Since I'm doing an upper-body (Upper Back, Chest, Shoulders) lower-body (Legs, Lower Back, Belly) split I got to a question, which I ...
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Relieve muscle tension between the shoulder blades

I got some pain between the shoulder blade and spinal for a week now. It's not really a strong pain, but it really bothers me over time. My doctor did feel my muscles there and said its a muscle ...
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What is the difference between static stretching vs strengthening the antagonistic muscle?

I was trying to learn more about healthy ways to deal with injuries and I think from this video by Athlean-X and this one from Mike they seem to imply that one should basically never statictically ...
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Can I use hip adductor machine to stretch legs for splits?

I'm using a hip adductor machine to stretch my legs for splits. I set the angle selector to 3rd position from maximum, set weight to 65kg, and allow it to apply pressure to stretch my legs for 2 ...
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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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Steel hamstrings

My hamstrings have always been incredibly tight. Since I have memories, never been able to raise a straight leg at more than 30-45° from the ground. Can't do any L-sit,leg raises, romenian deadlift ...
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Are mobility exercises treating the symptom instead of the cause?

I have just started barbell training following the stronglifts 5x5 program. Since I am having some problems with the squat I am taking some lessons from a personal trainer. In the first session he ...
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Passive stretching of hip flexors and quads

So years of IT job have seriously tightened my hip flexors and quads, leading to anterior pelvic tilt. I do stretch and do resistance training, but was thinking about changing the way I sit or work to ...
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