Are flexibility exercises an actual pain in your case? Until I discovered something called PNF Stretching, they was previously for me personally, too!
It means, "Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation." Fancy words that, in essence, mean you create dramatic gains in how limber you might be whenever you combine relaxed, passive stretches with isometrics.
Yes, dramatic gains. Believe me--I know from experience!
My martial arts training students think I'm pretty flexible, but you, I was never a naturally flexible athlete. If anyone has ever struggled with flexibility, it's me! In fact, when I started practicing Martial Arts during my early twenties I was so out-of-shape I did not know my hamstrings from your ham sandwich!
And let me tell you, I had a tough time learning to get loose enough just to lob a consistent round kick to my very own head height.
Maybe this has been you're experience, too: I would arrive one hour before my scheduled class time, sit on the ground away and off to one for reds in the room, doing stretch after stretch after stretch until I could finally perform the high kicking my belt rank required.
And next time I came back to class, I had to make it happen once again...
And again...and again...
Why Passive Static Stretching Doesn't Work
And a curious thing-after all that stretching, instead of feeling prepared to get out there and execute a good workout, I always felt a bit sleepy.
The reason is obvious in my experience now. What I did not know was that everything that passive exercise stretching was helping me to decrease, not warm up!
Why? Because in passive exercise stretching, lengthening from the muscles is accomplished by website relaxing them, after a little amount of help from applying your own body's weight enough where you really feel the "burn."
All that relaxation as well as deep breathing throughout the stretch is fantastic for winding down from a workout-or for instance, as a treatment for insomnia.
Believe me, I know how frustrating it can be to try to achieve Martial Arts flexibility that carries over to your "off hours." And when looking at Personal Safety, that is where it should be probably the most.
There's Got To Be A Better Way
It have also been frustrating to find out other, more flexible people toss their kicks around similar to their legs and hips were manufactured from rubber. I started thinking, There's reached be considered a better method of getting flexible!
And there is. After researching many articles and books, and videos, I discovered that Stretching isn't just Stretching. In fact, there are lots of sorts of flexibility techniques:PassiveActiveStaticDynamicBallisticResistance PNF
Passive stretching is okay after having a workout, but doesn't do much to get ready you for high kicks. In fact, what I eventually learned was that many of the improvements to my kicking range came through sparring and bag work.
That's right-although you'll be able to help prevent injuries and cramps by passive stretching before working out, it can hardly any to improve your high kicking ability.