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  Anyone who wants to train their body intensely should have at least a basic understanding of the musculoskeletal system and kinesiology. There are some really great books out there, two of my favorites are The Manual of Structural Kinesiology by RT Floyd and Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology by Karen Clippinger. The better you understand how your body works, the better you can design and execute your training plan. The best training plans are customized for your body and your needs. Happy Bendings!  

  Passive static stretching does nothing to stabilize the joints, build strength, or comfort the nervous system. That is why any stretching regimen needs to branch out from the traditional passive static stretches to include resistance, active, and slow dynamic stretches. Sitting in splits is fine, but it is of limited usefulness in flexibility training for adults. It cannot be the sum total of your flexibility training because passive static stretching—allowing and external force like a strap, another human, or gravity to push as you try to relax into a stretch—is of limited

  This is Part 1 of a three part article on stretching for adults, addressing techniques and approaches specific to training flexibility in more experienced bodies. There is a great and widely revered myth in our society that flexibility is one of the benefits of youth and that, as we age, our range of motion is lost forever. Even more sacrosanct is the belief that flexibility is genetic, either you have it or you don’t and if you have always been tight you are condemned to a lifetime of increasing creakiness. Neither of