Welcome to episode 350 of "The Sound of Movement - The Unity Gym Podcast!" Today we dig into lesson one from our 2023 Flexibility Blueprint. The big topic? How pairing end range strength with loaded stretching speeds up your progress.
You've started stretching and hit a wall, right? Don't worry, you're not alone. Many of our tribe members find it tough to move from stage one to stage two in flexibility. Basic routines may get you started, but they won't push you to the next level.
Time to switch gears. As stretching gets easier, pump up your routine. We tackle each muscle group in different workouts, just like in strength training.
You might ask, "Can I still make big jumps in my flexibility?" Yes, you can! The secret is using strength techniques. Imagine stretching a muscle to its limit, then flexing it until it's tired. That's the key!
Do this, and you'll get better results. Use weights like dumbbells, and you'll stretch even more. It's like mixing a perfect cocktail of strength and flexibility.
Let's talk about hamstrings. Try flexing your hip flexors, then add weight to your hamstring stretch. This combo not only deepens the stretch but also builds strength. Magic, right?
We trick your body into becoming more flexible right away by using a thing called the golgi tendon. Combine it with loaded stretching, and you'll see big changes fast.
Remember, stretching isn't just about going farther—it's about getting stronger. Our modern method packs a punch by mixing strength with stretch.
But a quick warning: Don't push too hard, or you'll hurt your progress. As you move from stage one to two, managing how much weight you use becomes super important.
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