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  • Need To Limber Up

    I need advice.

    I have the tightest muscles on the planet. The Grok squat? Not gonna happen. I can't even touch my toes. So, what can I do to limber up some. I hate the feeling of being so tight.

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    Need To Limber Up

    Sit down perpendicular to a wall, legs length away from the wall. Put your feet flat against the wall, straighten your legs, and reach your hands towards your feet as much as possible. (You might not go past straightening your legs at first). Breathe deeply. Count to 20 slowly. Lean back, relax, repeat a few more times. Do this daily until you can touch your toes. You shouldn't feel a ton of pain... Just a lot of uncomfortable tightness.

    There are other stretching exercises you can look up... For example http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretching/SM00043

    The one I described specifically helps with touching your toes. It is helpful to stretch before and after exercises. If you don't exercise daily you should do either a morning 5 min stretch session or a night one before going to bed to improve and retain flexibility.


    I usually do ballistic stretches at the gym before/during workout and static ones after workout. I also do static stretches at home when I am stressed and/or bored.

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    • #3
      This is a good book on stretching.....

      Stretching, 20th Anniversary Revised Edition: Bob Anderson: 9780936070223: Amazon.com: Books

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      • #4
        1.warm up, then 2. do Yoga

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        • #5
          The more you move, the better your mobility will become! You cant grok squat? Well, take time a few times per day to try the squat. Static stretching is overrated by many crossfit experts, but mobility drills are essential. The more you try movements you cant do, the better youll be able to.perform them. If you want to invest in a mobility bible, get How To Become a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett.

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          • #6
            It took me four months of hanging onto stuff before I could do a proper flat-footed squat without rolling backwards like a helpless beetle! Just make it a daily thing, something you do after you put your shoes on or while you're waiting in line.
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            • #7
              stretching little by little should improve overall flexibility--just don't overdo it or push yourself too hard. Getting rid of excessive body fat should also help.
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              • #8
                Lol'ed at that - I hang onto a post and my husband laughs hysterically every time - oops, I meant to quote knifegill
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                • #9
                  I would recommend going to a yoga class. Even just once a week, it'll make a big difference in your flexibility.

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                  • #10
                    I can't touch my toes either, but the squat is a completely different beast. Work at it, slowly and consistently. Hang on to something when you start. Get up into the position rather than down into it. Keep a wall behind you. Use a chair, then the couch, then a footstool, etc.

                    Consistency and clarity of purpose will overcome quite a bit.

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