HELP! I am very inflexible lower Body..

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 8 years ago '05        #1
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I_REP_VA 10 heat pts10
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HELP! I am very inflexible lower Body..
 

 
What are some good stretches that will help me be more flexible with my legs?

I have bad posture, I been slouching most of my life.

My legs are really skinny and I can't do squats right without feeling tension.

I would like to be able to do splits more easily.

16 comments for "HELP! I am very inflexible lower Body.."

 07-20-2010, 12:06 AM         #2
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yoga?
 8 years ago '06        #3
realgunta 751 heat pts751
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^^no joke when i have the extra free time i go to the yoga classes that my gym offers, and let me tell u yoga is where its at.

also imo as a result of my flexibility increase i feel as if i am getting stronger when i hit the weights. It also helps with the soreness from lifting.

But yeah if u wanna get your flexibilty UP......i co-sign that yoga advice.
 8 years ago '04        #4
enetblazin4eva 4 heat pts
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You need to start stretching everyday (twice would be better). Yoga is great if you can find a good instructor.

-- has basic stretches for every body part

Are you doing a proper dynamic warm-up before lifting?
 8 years ago '05        #5
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 enetblazin4eva said:
You need to start stretching everyday (twice would be better). Yoga is great if you can find a good instructor.

-- has basic stretches for every body part

Are you doing a proper dynamic warm-up before lifting?
not realy lifting yet.. want to get flexible first
 07-28-2010, 10:06 AM         #6
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started off the same way, could barely touch my shins when i bent over. i would reccomening taking martial arts like tawkown do, been doing it for a year, and stretching almost every day and i can almost do the splits.
but heres a good stretching routine off youtube, just do a quick warm up, get the muscles loose, and do this every day. Twice if you can.


[video - click to view]


its the best thing you can do for your body and has lasting effects once you reach a certain point.

yoga is great too, its just a b**ch to get out and do it. this is something you can at home or at the gym before and after a workout.
 8 years ago '04        #7
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 adam_balbaa said:
started off the same way, could barely touch my shins when i bent over. i would reccomening taking martial arts like tawkown do, been doing it for a year, and stretching almost every day and i can almost do the splits.
but heres a good stretching routine off youtube, just do a quick warm up, get the muscles loose, and do this every day. Twice if you can.



its the best thing you can do for your body and has lasting effects once you reach a certain point.

yoga is great too, its just a b**ch to get out and do it. this is something you can at home or at the gym before and after a workout.
Yoga is something you can't do at home?
 8 years ago '08        #8
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Is that n*gga in a dungeon?
 8 years ago '05        #9
I_REP_VA 10 heat pts10 OP
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 adam_balbaa said:
started off the same way, could barely touch my shins when i bent over. i would reccomening taking martial arts like tawkown do, been doing it for a year, and stretching almost every day and i can almost do the splits.
but heres a good stretching routine off youtube, just do a quick warm up, get the muscles loose, and do this every day. Twice if you can.



its the best thing you can do for your body and has lasting effects once you reach a certain point.

yoga is great too, its just a b**ch to get out and do it. this is something you can at home or at the gym before and after a workout.
yo good looks on this.
 07-28-2010, 03:24 PM         #10
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foam roller. google it...or youtube. after you do foam roller do isometric stretching. its the fastest way to increase flexibility.
 07-28-2010, 10:30 PM         #11
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I didn't look too deeply into all of the posts here, so I apologize if I'm repeating things...

I've been a cheerleader for 12+ years. I teach a lot of seminars on stretching (to cheerleaders, obviously) so maybe I can help a little?

You want to stretch often. A mild stretch before you exercise and a deeper stretch afterward. The stretch after exercise or towards the end of your day should last at least 30 seconds in each position. This will give your body enough time to recognize that you're going above and beyond your normal stretching. Make sure you're breathing is controlled. Do NOT bounce in your stretches, that will just start tearing your muscles. Stretch, hold it. Take a deep breath, exhale and stretch down farther. Hold it. etc. And, I completely agree with the yoga comment.

Also, you said you're trying to be able to do the splits? Where are you at with them right now? Are you trying to do left, right and center splits? I have LOTSSSSSS of splits stretches. Most you can probably find somewhere on line but if you're interested in some of them, let me know. Make sure that you're keeping your back straight, with bone over bone (shoulders over hips) and stretching ALL of the muscles in your legs (the 30 second stretches) and especially your hip flexors! They're extremely important when doing the splits. And it's a REAL b**ch when you injure one :)

Sorry if my post seems a little scattered. :)
 8 years ago '08        #12
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 thelittleone said:
I didn't look too deeply into all of the posts here, so I apologize if I'm repeating things...

I've been a cheerleader for 12+ years. I teach a lot of seminars on stretching (to cheerleaders, obviously) so maybe I can help a little?

You want to stretch often. A mild stretch before you exercise and a deeper stretch afterward. The stretch after exercise or towards the end of your day should last at least 30 seconds in each position. This will give your body enough time to recognize that you're going above and beyond your normal stretching. Make sure you're breathing is controlled. Do NOT bounce in your stretches, that will just start tearing your muscles. Stretch, hold it. Take a deep breath, exhale and stretch down farther. Hold it. etc. And, I completely agree with the yoga comment.

Also, you said you're trying to be able to do the splits? Where are you at with them right now? Are you trying to do left, right and center splits? I have LOTSSSSSS of splits stretches. Most you can probably find somewhere on line but if you're interested in some of them, let me know. Make sure that you're keeping your back straight, with bone over bone (shoulders over hips) and stretching ALL of the muscles in your legs (the 30 second stretches) and especially your hip flexors! They're extremely important when doing the splits. And it's a REAL b**ch when you injure one :)

Sorry if my post seems a little scattered. :)

show me...
 07-28-2010, 11:03 PM         #13
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lol! shush.

honestly tho... threadstarter, what makes u want to do the splits so badly? i'm just curious........
 8 years ago '04        #14
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 smoketrees said:
foam roller. google it...or youtube. after you do foam roller do isometric stretching. its the fastest way to increase flexibility.
foam roller helped me out ALOT, one of the best things i've discovered in the gym within the last 2 years
 8 years ago '05        #15
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 thelittleone said:
lol! shush.

honestly tho... threadstarter, what makes u want to do the splits so badly? i'm just curious........
I am so far away from doing splits.. I need to learn the basics first. I want to get that flexible one day though.
 08-08-2010, 09:54 PM         #16
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start with basic straddle stretches. gradually bring your legs farther and farther apart. for extreme inflexibility in your legs, i recommend making sure you leave your knees slightly unlocked. try stretching with pointed toes and flexed toes. try to take your chest to your knee. when stretching through the middle, reach up tall and bend forward, reaching out as far as you can with a flat back.

good luck :)
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