Posts Tagged ‘stretching’

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 […]


Question: I am a sprinter, and I know that stretching can be detrimental to running speed, but I would still like to learn to do splits. Is there a way of learning splits that would not be detrimental to my sprinting, or even improve it? Answer: If, to increase flexibility, one does only the type […]


It has been a long while since I produced any instructional material on training for sports and martial arts. The reason is a severe shoulder injury I had a few years ago. I totally dislocated and nearly destroyed my shoulder. (Full info on the injury is at https://tomkurz.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/back-bridge-twist-seminar-excerpt and https://tomkurz.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/no-sweat-workout/#comment-133.) Of course, I was not […]


There were some rainy days in Northeast Kingdom so I spent them reviewing and commenting video recording of my last seminar on combining strength and flexibility training. At the seminar I had the participants go through exercises that simultaneously stretch and strengthen the involved muscles, and even help with posture correction. One of these exercises […]


In its July 2009 issue, the Black Belt magazine published my article on stretching. The article got a sloppy edit. If you have read it (say, in the course of researching the m.a. market), you probably wondered why would I have written such a disorganized piece. I would not. Here is the real deal:  In […]


At first, I thought of naming this post “On Mixing Apples and Oranges or Empty Your Cup” but then, who would find it? Now, to the point . . . A former gymnast writes: > Hi Thomas, > > I’ve recently begun using your program to increase my flexibility. I > used to be a […]


Click on the following links to see photos of New England Patriots players as they prepare for practice: http://content/usatoday.com/…/Athletes/NFL/Larry+Izzo/… New England Patriots linebackers, from left, Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel and Larry Izzo stretch during football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 http://content.usatoday.com/…/Athletes/NFL/Ty+Warren/… New England Patriots Richard Seymour and Ty Warren talk while stretching […]