Are flexibility exercises a true pain for you? Until I discovered something called PNF Stretching, they was previously personally, too!
It means, "Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation." Fancy words that, in simple terms, mean you create dramatic gains in how limber you might be whenever you combine relaxed, passive stretches with isometrics.
Yes, dramatic gains. Believe me--I know from experience!
My martial arts training students think I'm pretty flexible, nevertheless, you, 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 coming from a ham sandwich!
And let me tell you, I had trouble learning to get loose enough in order to lob a consistent round kick to my own head height.
Maybe it's been you're experience, too: I would arrive an hour or so before my scheduled class time, lay on the floor on either side in the room, doing stretch after stretch after stretch until I could finally perform high kicking my belt rank required.
And the next time I came back to class, I had to acheive it yet again...
And again...and again...
Why Passive Static Stretching Doesn't Work
And a curious thing-after all that stretching, as opposed to feeling willing to decide to do a good workout, I always felt a bit sleepy.
The reason is apparent if you ask me now. What I couldn't know was that all that passive exercise stretching was helping me to decelerate, not warm-up!
Why? Because in passive exercise stretching, lengthening of the muscles is accomplished by relaxing them, with a little bit of the aid of applying your own body's weight to the point where you feel the "burn."
All that relaxation as well as deep breathing in the stretch is ideal for winding down after a workout-or for instance, as a treatment for insomnia.
Believe me, I know how frustrating it may be to attempt to achieve Martial Arts flexibility that carries over into your "off hours." And when looking at Personal Safety, that is where you really need it one of the most.
There's Got To Be A Better Way
It has also been frustrating to determine other, more flexible people toss their kicks around like their legs and hips were created from rubber. I started thinking, There's got to be a better supply of flexible!
And there exists. After researching many articles and books, and videos, I discovered that Stretching it not just Stretching. In fact, there are many forms of flexibility techniques:PassiveActiveStaticDynamicBallisticResistance PNF
Passive stretching is okay from a workout, but doesn't do much to arrange you for high kicks. In fact, what I eventually learned was that most of the improvements to my kicking range came through sparring and heavy bag work.
That's right-although you can help prevent injuries and read more cramps by passive stretching before a workout, it lets you do little or no to boost your high kicking ability.