Sporting activities & Recreations :: Martial Arts Overall flexibility - Executing The Splits Is simple With PNF Stretching (Webpage one of 2)

Are flexibility exercises a genuine pain to suit your needs? Until I discovered something called PNF Stretching, they was once for me personally, too!

It means, "Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation." Fancy words that, essentially, mean you're making dramatic gains in how limber you are if 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, but the truth is, 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 trouble learning how to get loose enough only to lob an everyday round kick to my own, personal head height.

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

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

And again...and again...

Why Passive Static Stretching Doesn't Work

And a curious thing-after everything that stretching, rather than feeling able to decide to perform good workout, I always felt a little sleepy.

The reason is clear in my experience now. What I did not know was that all that passive exercise stretching was helping me to decelerate, not heat up!

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

All that relaxation along with yoga breathing in the stretch is ideal for winding down following a workout-or for example, to overcome 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 you are looking at Personal Safety, this is where it ought to be essentially the most.

There's Got To Be A Better Way

It has also been frustrating to see other, more flexible people toss their kicks around like their legs and hips were made of rubber. I started thinking, There's got to be considered a better method of getting flexible!

And there is. After researching many articles and books, and videos, I discovered that Stretching it not just Stretching. In fact, there are numerous sorts of flexibility techniques:PassiveActiveStaticDynamicBallisticResistance PNF

Passive stretching is okay website after a workout, but doesn't do much to organize you for high kicks. In fact, what I eventually learned was that many of the improvements to my kicking range came through sparring and heavy bag work.

That's right-although you can help prevent injuries and cramps by passive stretching before working out, it lets you do almost no to boost your high kicking ability.

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