Relative flexibility is a topic that is very important when looking at athletes (or any client for that matter). I have written about it previously so be sure to check out a past article HERE. With relative flexibility, the difference in stiffness among neighboring muscles is analyzed instead of only looking at the stiffness of one muscle all alone. As I show in the following video, a common problem seen with many people is that their rectus femoris is stiffer than the supporting muscles of the lumbar spine and pelvis (i.e. external obliques). This causes compensatory movement in the lumbar spine and unwanted tilt or rotation in the pelvis. Looking at most athletic needs, this causes energy leaks which can affect performance in a less than desirable way. So its not necessarily just a problem of the rectus being too stiff (though it can be), it may be that the supporting cast of the lumbar spine and pelvis needs to be stiffer to help balance out the pull among the neighbors. It might be one, it might be both. What this means is that instead of doing random crazy stretches and abdominal exercises that Tanya and Bob,the expert level instructors on your latest workout video told you to do, you need to get more specific with the exercises that you are doing. It also means that you need to determine what exactly is the weak point that needs to be addressed with your body. Peep the video.......
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This is a project that I am very proud of and something that I am honored to be a part of. It is humbling to be a part of something with the amazing professionals that helped with this version of MIR as well as all of the great professionals that contributed to the first two. A big thank you to Rick Kaselj for his awesome ideas and the opportunity to help out with this. Hope you all enjoy it!!
9/10/2012 06:45:42 pm
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11/25/2012 09:30:21 pm
Most of the trainers, sportsperson and sports medicine staff use stretching methods as part of the training practice for athletes. Most of them would agree that it forms an essential part of training and practicing.
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