Friday, February 23, 2007

STAND TALL …. FLEXIBILITY TRAINING


First a definition of flexibility: A measure of the range of motion (ROM) available at a joint or a group of joints (Cotton, 1997).

This is the most important component of fitness; poor flexibility can lead to many problems like postural abnormalities, difficulty to perform complex movement and many more.

In the past years I understood that people hate to wait and stretch after pumping iron or a jog/walk, especially the guys who train with high intensity weights.

Improper exercise that overdevelops one muscle group whilst neglecting the opposing group, results in an imbalance that restricts flexibility, for example when you train and over develop your chest muscles its flexibility is restricted.

This can have a huge effect on the posture. Do you see people walking with bulging chests and rounded back or inward rotated shoulders? It’s called adopted kyphosis.

For a movement to occur there is a muscle contraction no matter how light or small the movement is.

Imagine sitting in front of the computer or desk for hours every day, when you place your hands on the keyboard or desk your chest muscle contracts involuntarily, this contraction is normally maintained by people for hours without stretching in between. The same happens; adopted kyphosis.

Although always advocated to stretch within workouts, stretching can be performed at anytime of the day. It’s advisable to stretch at home, watching TV, or at office, in order to balance out periods of immobility in positions of poor posture.

Make you body functional … Stand tall with flexibility training...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey zinaan

good work,

what can be the best type of exercise for my son who is adding weight day by day. any advise?

off i go .... need to stretch !!!

P E R S O N A L - T R A I N E R said...

will post ideas on fat loss in the future ....

subcorpus said...

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and keep the tips coming ...