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Does flexibility in one muscle influence flexibility another muscle?

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

Does flexibility in one muscle influence flexibility another muscle? The answer is obvious but a lot of people new to flexibility ask this question. Also sometimes the articles that we write are misinterpreted. For example, people ask if I have flexible hamstrings that means that my body is already used to stretching, knows what it feels to be stretched, I can get faster flexible shoulders or adductors or hip flexors. And sometimes people say “well, you said in an article that if you have this split it’ll be easier to get that split that means that if you have certain...

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What is the difference between a side split or center split with toes up or toes forward

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What is the difference between a side split or center split with toes up or toes forward? To start with we can say that for most people the structure of the hip joint will not allow someone to simply do a toes forward side split, without shifting anything simply rotating the hips forward. From a sitting straddle with toes up most people can rotate the hips a little bit forward which means the kneecaps can be rotated forward to different degrees. Some people can do just a few degrees some people can do a little bit more. Eventually the hips...

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Learn how to say "please" and "thank you" to your muscles.

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Your Muscles understand “Please” and “Thank you”! Learn how to say it to them and you will become more flexible very fast! Let’s explore what is “Please” and what is “Thank you” How do you say please to your muscles and how do you say thank you? We know that if we hold a stretch for a long time forcefully or try to force somebody into a stretch we are not saying “please” to the muscles, we are saying: “You better stretch or else!”. Nobody likes to hear something like that said to them, you wouldn’t like it if someone...

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Which hamstrings stretching techniques should you start with?

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Which hamstrings stretching techniques should you start with? The Zaichik Stretching Techniques (ZST’s) called “Peace”, is responsible for thousands upon thousands flexible hamstrings around the world. Peace targets both the medial and the lateral hamstrings, and takes advantage of the fact that the hamstrings is a flexor of the knee and extensor of the hip, no rotation takes place when performing this ZST. It’s an important and necessary stretch for fast hamstrings flexibility. However, it’s a technique that takes a few attempts to get a feel for and learn how to do it properly. The biggest challenge of this technique...

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Differences between Pectineus ZST and Tensor fascia latae ZST

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Pectineus ZST (Zaichik Stretching Technique) is often confused with the Tensor Fascia Latae ZST. The difference is not very subtle. It’s visible but amongst so many ZST’s in different positions of the body one has to understand why Tensor fascia latae ZST is different from Pectineus ZST. For reference in EasyFlexibility system Pectineus ZST is called Certainty, and Tensor fascia latae ZST is called Courage. Most muscles are flexors of the hip and for that reason there is a strong extension component, either in Target or in the Laverage. More often than not this component is used in the Target....

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