Questions tagged [stretching]

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

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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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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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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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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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Cramping in the soles of my feet during certain stretches

I always used to be a very flexible person. In middle school, I could do full splits straddle and front-and-back on both sides. Even into high school and college, I continued to be able to do lotus ...
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Why do my legs hurt while jumping rope?

I used to skip in the past, but always ended up stopping after a week when I could no longer handle the pain in the lower legs, i.e. knees, shins, feet. Looking at these diagrams from Foottrainer.com: ...
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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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Should you massage then stretch or stretch then massage your muscles?

When you're doing both, should you use a roller to massage your muscles first, stretch first, or does it not matter? My routine includes trying to do this twice a day which includes after running, ...
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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 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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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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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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What is a good early morning stretch routine?

I'm 45 and play squash once or twice a week in the evenings. I am an early riser, but have never been an early morning exerciser. I do enjoy early morning meditation, though. I am finding that I am ...
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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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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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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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How to get rid of nerve pinch in shoulder?

I've had a nerve pinch in my right shoulder for god knows how long. I'm unable to go through the full motion of wide grip pull ups or wide grip cable pulldowns with any moderate weights. Anyone have ...
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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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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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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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Asymmetry in cross body shoulder stretch

I have recently noticed that I have a huge asymmetry in the cross body shoulder stretch. In particular, when stretching the left arm, I can push it to be almost parallel, to my body, while with my ...
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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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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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Warm up streches with diagnosed hypermobility of joints

I have been told to have hypermobility of joints and I'm not comfortable with the idea of doing any kind of stretches unless it is about stretching a tight muscle after a workout. My joints tend to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What are some exercises that let me sit properly?

What are some exercises that let me sit properly? I'm a 23, healthy male but never sit properly in a chair in my life. As a kid I forced myself to hunch to hide my belly and it was the reason of my ...
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Passive work out?

Are there passive ways of work out? Basically I'm quite lazy, for example running is tiresome, stretching is also somewhat painful. So pls suggest some passive ways of work out, that are easier to ...
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Which stretches should one do every day to reverse efects of sitting at work?

I follow the starting strength weight training program. One thing I like about it is that it consists of few (4) but effective exercises. In general there seems to be some sort of consensus as to ...
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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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