Are flexibility exercises a true pain for you personally? Until I discovered something called PNF Stretching, they was once for me personally, too!
It means, "Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation." Fancy words that, in essence, mean you create dramatic gains in how limber you might be 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 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 within my early twenties I was so out-of-shape I didn't know my hamstrings from the ham sandwich!
And let me tell you, I had a tough time learning to get loose enough just to lob a regular round kick to my own head height.
Maybe it is been you're experience, too: I would arrive an hour or so before my scheduled class time, take a seat on the bottom off and away to either side from the room, doing stretch after stretch after stretch until I could finally do the high kicking my belt rank required.
And when I went back to class, I had to make it happen yet again...
And again...and again...
Why Passive Static Stretching Doesn't Work
And a curious thing-after everything stretching, as opposed to feeling ready to just go and execute a good workout, I always felt a little sleepy.
The reason is obvious if you ask me now. What I couldn't know was that all that passive exercise stretching was helping me to decrease, not warm-up!
Why? Because in passive exercise stretching, lengthening of the muscles is accomplished by relaxing them, with some bit of the help of applying a mans weight to the point where you're feeling the "burn."
All that relaxation together with relaxation throughout the stretch is great for winding down from a workout-or for instance, as a treatment for insomnia.
Believe me, I know how frustrating it is usually to achieve Martial Arts flexibility that carries over in your "off hours." And when you are looking at 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 read more see other, more flexible people toss their kicks around similar to their legs and hips were created from rubber. I started thinking, There's reached be described as a better method of getting flexible!
And there is. After researching many articles and books, and videos, I discovered that Stretching isn't only Stretching. In fact, there are many forms of flexibility techniques:PassiveActiveStaticDynamicBallisticResistance PNF
Passive stretching is okay after a workout, but doesn't do much to get ready you for high kicks. In fact, what I eventually learned was that most from the improvements to my kicking range came through sparring and high bag work.
That's right-although you are able to help alleviate problems with injuries and cramps by passive stretching before exercising, it will hardly any to boost your high kicking ability.