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Overstretching for the skills you want. You need more flexibility than you think you do.

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So how much flexibility do you really need?

Say you want a 180 degree Penche or a Side Tilt. Or to hold a head high  Martial Arts Kick to your friends face.

  1. If you can do full split is that enough for a 180 Tilt?
  2. Is being able to stretch to your buddy's head, enough for the kick you want?

The answer is no.  See the video and read further explanation below:

 

Muscle resistance starts long before the end range. How high can you lift your arm overhead? Can it go higher if someone helped you?

  • Chances are: Yes.

That is because your lats and other muscles pull down, like elastic bands. Same thing happen at your hip, core, ankle, etc.

The more you go past the relaxed range, the more antagonists (deltoids to lats, hip flexors to hamstrings, abductors to adductors) will pull back down. And to get a better relaxed range, you need more flexibility.

For example (not to scale) 150 degree max range, the resistance starts at 110-120, sometime even under 100. For 180 it starts at 140-160.

  • So how much do you need to feel no resistance at 180?

Chances are you will still feel it at 180 even if you can do over 200. But the more you can do, the less resistance you will feel. This means more effortless technique. Less injury. More grace, speed, power, etc.

Tip: Antagonists short range strength is great, but it can only compensate so much. Flexibility is the easier way to go and with EasyFlexibility, it's actually easy. If you want more flexible hamstrings here you go. Splits here you go.

 

How do I pick the right level for me?

In order to pick the right level you can do a simple test. Answer this question: can you reach your toes having legs straight either sitting or standing?

  1. How do I pick the right level for me?

    In order to pick the right level you can do a simple test. Answer this question: can you reach your toes having legs straight either sitting or standing?

    1. If you are not at all close then the Beginner Level is for you.
    2. If you can reach your toes, or are almost there, then the Intermediate Level is for you.
    3. If you can place palms flat on the floor, and can't really feel a strong stretch or you do but you can hold it comfortably for 30 seconds, then the Advanced Level is for you.
    4. At Intermediate and Advanced levels one can also train for splits (click here).
 

Go ahead and pick the level for you, and keep us posted on your progress! We are always happy to hear good news and also to help you out if you get stuck. 

-The EasyFlexibility Team

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