What´s your pick for flexibility workouts?

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    What´s your pick for flexibility workouts?

    I am looking to increase flexibility, particularly when it comes to my legs. I am practicing martial arts and I´m in dire need of upgrading my high kicks for example.

    Do you have a particular favorite when it comes to stretching exercises on Darebee? I have a bit of experience and conditioning, so I´m confident I can take on most workouts.

    #2
    https://darebee.com/events/flexibility-week.html

    This might help you...

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      #3
      I believe kicks in general is mostly about flexible hamstring. Tight hamstrings prevent you from even straighten your knees, and you need more and more hamstring flexibility when you aim to kick higher and higher, I think... And your groin for side kicks.

      I used to do this stretch plus some side splits every time I completed my run when I was on 8 weeks to 5k (did 6 weeks only). My flexibility did improve, though not that much. I think the key is do a little bit every day or regularly. Toe touches is great as long as you are really hinging the hips and not rounding your back.

      I would say over time my toe touches has become pretty decent. I can have almost my entire palms planting the floor, which is not super but better than a lot of people. Recently I have been stretching my hamstrings a bit less but still on a regular basis, and I do the Hamstring Mobility workout around once a week. Two days ago when I did the Hamstring Stretch workout I found that I could pull my legs much closer to my torso with ease during the last move. I can't say things are absolutely related but it's just how it turns out to be. I also stretch my calves quite regularly, which probably helps, too, and that makes sense because they are just next to each other.

      I am currently doing the Flexibility Challenge. Maybe you can try it out. The side-to-side lunges and the splits stretch your groin. That should help. There was a period of time when I did a lot of side leg raises and that really improved the range and ease of my side kicks.

      This one looks promising, too, but I don't know.

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        #4
        I do Limitless at least once a week

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          #5
          The thing about increasing height is that it is often thought flexibility is the key. True, you do need to be flexible but you also need the strength to get and hold the leg up. You need a strong core because as you lean against the kick, your leg goes higher. You haven't said how strong your legs are, but working on the abductors and adductors (clamshells are great for that, and side leg raises), as well as things like squats that work the quads, and calf raises, and, of course, exercises for the glutes. As for stretches, as HellYeah suggested, the flexibility week workouts are great. There are also many other suggestions out there in the internet world, such as this one (I just had a quick look), and most of those stretches are ones I do. But, as I said, it doesn't matter how flexible you are, if you don't have the strength to get your leg up, you won't get high kicks. I, for example, can get my leg held up at almost 180 degrees in side kick position, but I haven't (yet) the strength to get it there myself - I'm a work in progress. I do find that there are certain stretches I do during warmups, and they are generally the ones I have more problem with. I recommend trying a lot and seeing which make you work. And maybe try this challenge. All those leg raises will really build up those secondary muscles.

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            #6
            Thank you all for your insights, much appreciated!

            I am confident in my strength levels, at least to the extent that it overperforms my flexibility. I can lift my legs and keep them elevated to the point where I feel my hamstrings fighting back. Also, I can lift my left leg higher than my right leg, tho I'm not a lefty.

            I will have a go at the above mentioned workouts and programs, see how it goes.

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