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What to do when the progress slows down or stops

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

What to do when the progress slows down or stops So what do you do when you have been getting steady progress and all suddenly your gains have slowed down or stopped? Preliminary Precautions The first thing to do is to make sure that you actually have slowed down. I have seen many cases where a person is still getting more flexible but somehow in their mind they believe that they should have been getting flexible faster and for that reason they believe they have slowed down and that may not be the case. If you believe your progress has...

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What can I do on the rest days?

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

What can I do on rest days? I get this question a lot quite a lot from people who feel that if they are not training they’re wasting their time, or not improving. So before we can talk about things you can do to enhance the recovery it's important to understand the mental aspect. Practically everyone who works out enjoys what they are doing. From an athlete to a regular person, whether it’s dance, martial arts or any type of workout, people enjoy it, and all kinds of hormones and neurotransmitters are released that make this activity very enjoyable. On...

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Supporting flexibility with strength

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Supporting flexibility with strength How much resistance to use and how many reps to perform In the EasyFlexibility system flexibility exercises called ZST or Zaichik Stretching Techniques are supported by retention exercises. The retention exercises are broken up into two parts: strength and movement. In short, movement implies developing the ability to move in new ranges, and strength is developing strength in new ranges. This allows for injury prevention as well as retention of the flexibility you gain with each training session. The new ranges is the deeper range of motion that is received through ZST’s. Below, an example of...

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Should each muscle be stretched for the same length of time?

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Should each muscle be stretched for the same length of time? In EasyFlexibility time is measured by the number of leverage-target pairs. So when someone would say I held this stretch five seconds or I held that stretch for 10 seconds, an EasyFlexibility practitioner would say I did two leverage-target pairs or I did four leverage-target pairs. EasyFlexibility students ask, should it always be the same for every muscle group? The answer is, there are variations even for every muscle specifically. The basic rule of thumb is if you cannot move the leverage you cannot move the target. For example,...

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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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