Archive for the ‘Flexibility and Stretching’ Category

Am I too old to improve my [insert here some athletic ability, for example, flexibility, or strength, or endurance] …


See a video showing an easy, mechanically sound way of achieving the side split. It is at https://www.stadion.com/an-easy-way-to-a-side-split/


Think, if a method works for an old man, then for someone younger it will work double-quick . . . or much better. Would you like to know what to expect of your flexibility as you get near 60? Perhaps my experience will give you an idea, so here it is: Now, that I am […]


In the YouTube video below, Coach Tumminello talks about the use of the term functional in sports and fitness training and gives a useful definition of the term. What is Functional Training? The Real Definition My definition is similar to that of Coach Tumminello but briefer and wider. I define functional exercises as those that […]


Today a post from Stadion’s Discussion Forum with questions on overtraining and recovery from injuries, followed by my answers. First the whole post: I am a taekwondo’er, been away for some months (bad ankle sprain that had me undergo surgery, which has taken months to recover) . . . anyways enough of my sorry story, […]


A recent exchange on training for strength and flexibility between Mr. E and me: Mr. E.: I have been using your video Flexibility Express, and I definitely see major improvement, though not as quickly as you indicate I should. One question regarding the squats into splits routine: How frequently should I be performing that series […]


Two new articles on stretching and flexibility are posted on stadion.com. The first is titled “Age and Stretching” and the second, “Gender and Stretching.” In those articles I answer questions from athletes and martial artists on relation of age and gender to flexibility. Some older martial artists ask whether it is possible to improve flexibility […]


Does your flexibility improve when you stop training? If yes, then you have the same problem as the martial artist who wrote this: > As a martial artist I stretch a lot but nothing happens. In fact when > I don’t train I become a little bit more flexible than when I train. > It […]


A reader of Stretching Scientifically has sent me this: “Hi. I have bought the Stretching Scientifically but I think it is not for me… I have tight hamstring and I can barely reach my knees with my legs straight (reaching my toes is a dream…). I have also started karate and with the kicks I […]


Someone brought to my attention The Epic Split featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme (see below). I viewed it and was duly impressed. Then I read comments on YouTube and on other sites, such as huffingtonpost.com and mashable.com. Most comments on this video are Ok, but inevitably there are some from nobodies looking for faults in the […]