Enjoys washing a car in a bikini and flexible? How could I NOT post this?

What Are Your Flexibility Problems? [SURVEY]

Some are born with it.

Others spend their whole lives chasing it.

I belong to the second group.

How about you?

It’s such a problem, it’s why I decided to pursue boxing over kickboxing or Muay thai. Because high kicks feel like they’re going to tear my hips apart.

But about a month ago, I decided to fix my flexibility problems…

I went to the gym to work the heavy bag. This was one of the first times after I started back after hurting my hand. [Remember the bag of peas on my hand?]

There’s only 1 heavy bag in this gym and there was a guy working it before I got there. I figured with my celebrity status, once he saw me he’d drop everything and let me work the bag to my heart’s desire.

For some weird reason that didn’t work. So I decided the direct approach.

“Mind if I work in during your rest breaks to loosen up?”

“Go ahead” he said, cool-ly.

Probably didn’t want to seem too overly excited to meet me. I understand.

While he was clearly not in fight shape, with his “case of beer a week belly”, he could still kick high and hard.

A hell of a lot higher and harder than me.

That’s when it hit me that I’d better address my flexibility issues once and for all, before I get old and weary and need help putting my socks on.

So for the past month or so, I’ve been doing what I do best – diving head first into the research, into books and into whatever resources I could get my hands on. I talked to friends and colleagues in the industry and got their thoughts and insights.

After hours of poring over the data and pages of notes, I feel like I’ve come up with a big reason why many people have trouble improving their flexibility, despite their best efforts.

If you’ve ever had a flexibility issue that wouldn’t go away with simple stretching, this info will open your eyes.

But I need something first. I have one question for you to answer:


Q: What techniques, skills, exercises or situations do you wish you had more flexibility for?

This is a two-way street and for this topic, I really do need your input and feedback.

I was thinking about doing that thing where I make you leave 50 or 5,000 Comments or I don’t make my next post, but yeah, I think that’s kinda gay. Not really my style.

All I know is that the last time survey I posted on injuries, your votes showed that shoulder injuries are the most common, and I put together that little INDESTRUCTIBLE Shoulder Program for ya.

So I’ll leave it up to you or not to post your answer to the Q above.

But if I don’t get any good feedback, there’s no point in me spending the time to write up an article on the TRUTH about flexibility.

Plus, in the article, I might even embed some pics like this:

Enjoys washing a car in a bikini and flexible? How could I NOT post this?

So for anyone who really wants to know the TRUTH about flexibility, leave your answer to the question, “What techniques, skills, exercises or situations do you wish you had more flexibility for?” in the Comments below.

UPDATE

If hip flexibility is an issue, you should check this article out:

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  • rick hobson

    Reply Reply Sat, September 20, 2014

    Need more flexibility for all types of MA kicking

  • Ian Wrightson

    Reply Reply Sun, September 7, 2014

    I damaged/tore an Adductor muscle I believe trying out a vertical back thrust kick (Ushiro Geri) about 20 years ago, recently I started stretching again to see if I can get my kicks at head height (Jodan) again but it feels like I have some hard scarring of the muscle on my inside thigh which is tight and painful when I stretch, will I ever overcome this and what stretches do You recommend for me to achieve full splits again, by the way I’am 43 years old now lol? Thankyou

  • Bear

    Reply Reply Thu, August 28, 2014

    I am 45 and play a lot of basketball, so I thought I was still in decent shape. I started an exercise program which includes some kickboxing routines and found I can no longer perform a side kick. It is depressing. Is there any way I can get that back? I am assuming it’s my hips, however, I feel my left groin is extremely tight and feels like I am risking straining/pulling it when I attempt the kick.

  • Swanders Steve

    Reply Reply Thu, August 14, 2014

    At 63 yrs. have a rod in my right upper leg , new right hip, an 9 screws and 2 rods in my lower back. I really need the inspiration a helpful info to keep going. I have always been a independent type (meaning I value freedom more than anything else ) Thank You Swanders Steve

  • jeff

    Reply Reply Tue, August 12, 2014

    Eric,
    Great program as usual. You’ve already targeted hips and shoulders. But my biggest issue is I have tight ankles from multiple ankles sprains in the past and this is what I believe is stopping me from achieving a pistol. So a program like this for some ankle flexibility would ve cool to see.

  • Dom

    Reply Reply Sun, August 10, 2014

    I’m 49 years old and recently started TKD. I’ve never been flexible or relaxed.
    I found that after 6 mths of training my ham strings have gotten a lot better but
    My hips and right glute very sore.
    I’ve worked out in weight gym and run.
    I can get my knee up and chambered BUT when I got to shoot my leg out I can’t straighten my leg. Hip and butt muscle hurt

  • tracy page

    Reply Reply Thu, May 29, 2014

    I am a dancer. I can not touch my toes or do splits. I need to figure out whether I have tight hamstrings or hip flexors. In the past, I have worked hard stretching in painful ways to increase flexibility but, the next two days I am so sore I can not make myself push as hard. I am stuck in a rut!

    • Eric

      Reply Reply Fri, May 30, 2014
    • joe Quinzi

      Reply Reply Sun, August 10, 2014

      My hips get out of alinement, I get adjusted every 3 weeks , I am a golf pro . which hip exercise is best for this.My Rom has improved since I started your hip flex plan.

  • D.J.

    Reply Reply Fri, April 11, 2014

    My 13 year old who is fit and exercising a lot and is very slim, has no flexibitly. She can;t even touch her toes. She wants to take dance class and fears the other girls will not be nice about her lack of flexibility. She wants to touch her toes. She would love to be able to do the splits, but is happy with touching her toes.

  • CK

    Reply Reply Wed, April 2, 2014

    Need adductor flexibility for high roundhouse / side / hook kicks!

  • Trevor

    Reply Reply Thu, March 27, 2014

    Hey Eric,

    I need desperately need to develop flexibility to play rubber guard in BJJ. Would your hip flexibility program work for that? If not do you have a program that will? It seems like I remember you teaming up with Alan Belcher and offering a program on flexibility. Do you still offer it?

    • Eric

      Reply Reply Fri, March 28, 2014

      Hey Trevor,

      The HFS program will work for rubber guard flexibility, particularly the Kneeling Routine.

      Give it a go and let me know your results!

      Of course, if it doesn’t work, you’re free to ask for a refund. But I’m confident it will as I’ve received feedback from others that it helped them.

  • Mimi

    Reply Reply Wed, February 26, 2014

    Eric, I have so much troubles with basically ANY sort of Muay Thai kick above knee level. I have reviewed lots of videos on the correct technique but still unable to perform a decent kick. I feel there are two problems: i) when throwing the kick, my leg (still folded but also if I try with my leg extended) does not reach a decent height; ii) whatever the height, once I rotate my hip I feel like my supporting leg is going to bend towards the outer side.

    My knees are not perfect. Perhaps a little or “vagus knee” although I have no injuries. Also, I am a bit overweight but I still manage to do all other MT things.

    Any feedback?

  • can

    Reply Reply Mon, February 3, 2014

    same as rain, i want to be able to do a high thai round house kick

  • rain

    Reply Reply Wed, August 21, 2013

    I need for thai round house kicks

  • trisha m

    Reply Reply Fri, August 16, 2013

    I feel like my hips are going to separate from my legs cause its really painful but if I push my self down im afraid I cant walk or something

  • Rob G

    Reply Reply Thu, August 1, 2013

    I have recently taken up kung fu. In the week or so leading up to my first class, I decided to start loosening up. I went online and researched a bit till I found a modest stretching routine, and then dove into it. At first I could barely touch my toes ; after a week or so, I could grip the bottoms of my feet. It was at times painful to do so, but it was looking promising; and then….after about a months worth of classes, I’m left aching with sometimes less flexibility than I started with. I know it hasn’t been that long yet, but it’s discouraging to watch YouTube vids of this guy or that girl who got their splits down in a little over a month. I tried resting, and then different techniques; but my progress seems to have slowed to a crawl or even halted. I would love to know what the $&@?! I’m doing wrong. Perhaps I’m just not being patient enough.

  • Daniel

    Reply Reply Thu, July 4, 2013

    I have been training karate for 15 years and would really like to have more flexibility in general but deifnately for the sake of kicks and things like box splits, hopefully this will lead to both and increase in kicking speed and ability in general as well.
    Thank You,

    Daniel

  • Sam thorne

    Reply Reply Sat, May 18, 2013

    I love karate. I would love to do the splits both front and box , so that I could kick higher and faster and of cores with more power. Can you help me with this
    Thanks .

  • Lisa Bowers

    Reply Reply Sat, April 27, 2013

    I’m a 3rd deg black belt in Taekwondo and I wish I had more flexibility in my hips, speed in my feet and be able to make spinning jumps and lift myself off of the floor

  • Tom Manuk

    Reply Reply Fri, April 26, 2013

    I would love greater adductor, groin and hip flexibility. I think this would help my stability with low stances like the horse stance.

  • Linus

    Reply Reply Thu, April 25, 2013

    I practice wu style tai chi chuan and yes I could do with some more flexiblity.

  • Francesco Coglitore

    Reply Reply Mon, April 15, 2013

    I want to know this becouse i practice muay thai and my hips hurt when i try to raise my leg without streching.im no very flexible

  • Donavin Hawkey

    Reply Reply Wed, March 13, 2013

    Juijitsu – Eddie Bravo 10th planet Chill Dog ect…nuf siad. A Head kick from no where ould also be cool.

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