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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!
It is great to have goals in your training, it gives us motivation and that glorious feeling of satisfaction whenever we reach one. There is a dark side, however, to the ambition that comes when the drive to get better overshadows the training process. In my coaching, I often hear concern from men and women of all ages that they are not progressing quickly enough, and that they are struggling. The desired results are not coming as easily as they had hoped, or they are coping with pain and injury. These
In my experience, adults who would like to become more flexible excel when we approach our training with a devotion to the process rather than as a slave to the results. The ideal approach to training flexibility is to use a variety of stretching techniques. Because an over emphasis on passive stretching can leave gaps in your development it is important to have other options. If you are encountering obstacles—pain, injury, poor alignment, weakness, feeling stuck—it may be time to try a new approach. The more tools you have at your disposal
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