Sports activities & Recreations :: Martial Arts Adaptability - Executing The Splits Is not difficult With PNF Stretching (Page 1 of two)

Are flexibility exercises an actual pain in your case? Until I discovered something called PNF Stretching, they used to be for me, 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 students think I'm pretty flexible, nevertheless, 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 within my early twenties I was so out-of-shape I didn't know my hamstrings from your ham sandwich!

And let me tell you, I had trouble learning to get loose enough only to lob a normal round kick to my very own head height.

Maybe this has been you're experience, too: I would arrive an hour or so before my scheduled class time, sit on the bottom off and away to either side with the room, doing stretch after stretch after stretch until I could finally do the high kicking my belt rank required.

And next time I came back to class, I had to acheive it again...

And here again...and again...

Why Passive Static Stretching Doesn't Work

And a curious thing-after all that stretching, as an alternative to feeling ready to decide to perform a good workout, I always felt a little sleepy.

The reason is clear if you ask me now. What I couldn't know was that everything passive exercise stretching was helping me to slow, not warm-up!

Why? Because in passive exercise stretching, lengthening of the muscles is accomplished by relaxing them, after some little the aid of applying your body's weight enough where you are feeling the "burn."

All that relaxation together with yoga breathing throughout the stretch is wonderful for winding down from a workout-or as an example, to overcome insomnia.

Believe me, I know how frustrating it could be to try and achieve Martial Arts flexibility that carries over into the "off hours." And when you are looking at Personal Safety, that is where you really need it essentially the most.

There's Got To Be A Better Way

It seemed to be frustrating to see other, more flexible people toss their kicks around similar to their legs and hips were created from rubber. I started thinking, There's got a chance to be described as a better supply of flexible!

And there's. After researching many articles and books, and videos, I discovered that Stretching isn't just Stretching. In fact, there are numerous types of flexibility techniques:PassiveActiveStaticDynamicBallisticResistance PNF

Passive stretching is okay following a workout, but doesn't do much to arrange you for high kicks. In fact, what I eventually learned was that most in the improvements to my kicking range came through sparring and high bag work.

That's right-although you can help alleviate problems with injuries and cramps by passive stretching before working out, it will little or no to improve your high kicking ability.

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