Sporting activities & Recreations :: Martial Arts Versatility - Executing The Splits Is not difficult With PNF Stretching (Page 1 of 2)

Are flexibility exercises a true pain in your case? Until I discovered something called PNF Stretching, they had been for me personally, too!

It means, "Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation." Fancy words that, essentially, mean you are making dramatic gains in how limber you're whenever you combine relaxed, passive stretches with isometrics.

Yes, dramatic gains. Believe me--I know from experience!

My fighting techinques students think I'm pretty flexible, however, 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 didn't know my hamstrings from a ham sandwich!

And let me tell you, I had a bad time learning to get loose enough just to lob a consistent round kick to my personal head height.

Maybe it's been you're experience, too: I would arrive one hour before my scheduled class time, take a seat on the ground off and away to one for reds from the room, doing stretch after stretch after stretch until I could finally do the high kicking my belt rank required.

And when I delivered to class, I had to make it happen once again...

And again...and again...

Why Passive Static Stretching Doesn't Work

And a curious thing-after all that stretching, as an alternative to feeling able to decide to do a good workout, I always felt a lttle bit sleepy.

The reason is clear in my opinion now. What I couldn't know was that all that passive exercise stretching was helping me to slow, not heat up!

Why? Because in passive exercise stretching, lengthening in the muscles is accomplished by relaxing them, after a little little bit of help from applying your weight to the point where you really feel the "burn."

All that relaxation along with relaxation throughout the stretch is great for winding down after having a workout-or for that matter, to overcome insomnia.

Believe me, I know how frustrating it may be to achieve Martial Arts flexibility that carries over to your "off hours." And when it comes to 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 view other, more flexible people toss their kicks around comparable to their legs and hips were made from rubber. I started thinking, There's have got here to be described as a better way to get flexible!

And there is certainly. After researching many articles and books, and videos, I discovered that Stretching isn't just Stretching. In fact, there are numerous kinds 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 with the improvements to my kicking range came through sparring and high bag work.

That's right-although you'll be able to aid the prevention of injuries and cramps by passive stretching before a workout, it will little or no to improve your high kicking ability.

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