I've been reading up on isometric stretching. It seems the best for flexibility, although I've never tried it. I'm trying to get back into ballet right now (former dancer), and need a way to push my flexibility to the next level. IMO a dancer can never be too flexible.
First: Tips? What would a good stretching schedule look like for consistent improvements. Every day? Twice a day?
Second: How much should I emphasize splits, for example, over other stretches meant to increase hip flexibility and so on? Maybe some martial artists in here could help...
Last thing: when it comes to stretching, I'm all about no pain no gain. Until I tore my hamstring and it laid me up for almost a year (we're talking not being able to walk for a few weeks). SO, how much no pain no gain? Don't want that happening again.
Thanks everyone. Some advice would really help--too much confusion on how to produce significant and consistent progress with stretching.
Thanks for the tip! I will look into it.
stretching should not hurt. You should feel the stretch, but it shouldn't hurt. Ever.