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:

high-kick-flexibility

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230 Comments on "What Are Your Flexibility Problems? [SURVEY]"


norrie
2 years 11 months ago

Stiff as a Board

mike
2 years 11 months ago

Roundhouse Head Kicks, Front Push kicks to the face

Anand
2 years 11 months ago

I stretched and stretched and now I feel like I am hurting everywhere specially knees and lower back

William
2 years 11 months ago

Being over 50 years of age, throwing high kicks are pretty out of my repetoire. I don’t know if it is the age with my hips or incorrect stretching exercises. I wish I still had the ability to deliver those high fancy kicks again. If for nothing else, just because of my age I think it would be eye opening. Thanks. Bill

V
2 years 11 months ago

I wish I had more flexibility in my spine – especially my lumbar spine. I’m a TKD blackbelt and a brown belt in Kodokan Judo. Three months ago I started studying Aikido. In all 3 cases, I’ve had trouble with my abductors, my hips, my low back and my posterior chain (I get pain in the back of my left heel, the top of my pelvis below my back, and at the base of my skull – all on the left side). This affects stance, footwork, break falls, and general mobility.

Stan
2 years 11 months ago

I would like to be able to kick high and hard with no warm up, splits, and flexible in the waist/QLs.

Athletic flexibility over display flexibility if I can only have one. Not just legs either, legs, back, shoulders, full body.

Thanks!

Dan
2 years 11 months ago

Hey,
Would be great to get some info for hip n hamstring for kicking and bjj, can get a fair height but only after a BIG warm up n stretch plus on how to keep a good technique while kicking high like the perfect spinning back kick thrown by barboza. Great biomech breakdown btw.

jedri
2 years 11 months ago

Dude isn’t the point of flexibility to be flexible in all areas of movement? why concentrate on one thing when by definition your only flexible when its trough all ranges of motion. I want to know what is the best type of post work out stretching to do that wont require an additional 20 min (the DOMS are killing me)… commitment to sorting out my flexibility is my biggest issue as i have heard some say do dynamic stretching before a work out, and callisthenics work better then static stretching but the time and willingness to commit to the one or the other is insane.

Cork-boi
2 years 11 months ago

I seem to be flexible the whole time regardless of whether I warm up or not. Although I have never been able to do the splits (side or front), I can still kick above my head height (just). It’s not a big issue for me but I’m always hungry for info on S&C so keep it up!

jan-h
2 years 11 months ago

for High kicks and jiu jitsu as i get sub a lot due to fflexibility

chris
2 years 11 months ago

Side splits and lack of sufficient rotation in thoracic spine area

Hanelle
2 years 11 months ago

Mainly yoga, I think, and all types of stretching. I not completely inflexible, but I’d love to be able to do a side split and reach my upper body all the way down to the floor.

John
2 years 11 months ago

Hi Eric,

Hip flexibility is the major concern whether for kicking, cross-body to floor or to overhead movements. Any guidance would be much appreciated.

Gaz
2 years 11 months ago

my hamstrings mess up the most easily and are the hardest to gain flexibility without injury
cheers!

Patrick
2 years 11 months ago

Hi Eric, after having Ostitis Pubis I’ve had a lot of trouble stretching my groin, adductors and hamstrings. Doing conventional static stretching almost feels like I’m going to tear it after more than a 10 second hold! The higher my kicks go, I tend not to get that “straight leg” so hope there;s other techniques that can help! Cheers mate, like the blogs!!

Rajat Desikan
2 years 11 months ago

Hi Eric
I play cricket. In this game you have to bend down and pick up the cricket ball from the ground while you are sprinting. In that context, I wish I had enough flexibility in my lower back and hamstrings to accomplish that. I will wait eagerly for your report

chubey
2 years 11 months ago

Basically more flexibility in the hamstrings would be nice, they are the hardest to get flexible and keep flexible, I do alot of yoga but the flexibility is really slow coming the hamstrings. Open hips and groin would also be useful (and probably connected with the hamstring flexibility) and would be good for BJJ.
After rehabilitating my shoulder from your last post I am concerned about getting caught in komuras and omoplatas and having the shoulder overstretched, stretching the shoulders is a contentious issue. I have flexible shoulders but am not sure of the best way to warm shoulders up or even if they should be stretched before BJJ or boxing class.
But the hamstring thing seems to be the main boundary for getting kicks higher and is the slowest flexibility to improve over time.

Craig
2 years 11 months ago

Hey Eric

I’m pushing 40 now and need to remian flexible to continue with MMA. I am looking to grade in BJJ and hip/hamstring flexibility is a problem for me. Knee, hamstring and shoulder injuries are close friends, I’d like to sort those out.

Cheers

Bruce
2 years 11 months ago

Hi Eric, how about lower back and hip dominant exercises along with some strength issues that usually go with this area.

A lot of high kicking always leaves me as tight as a rock.

Thanks Eric for all your great work and time

Ian
2 years 11 months ago

I have made the choice to stretch more so I can do the splits, it’s always been hard to do and I’m 40 this year so I want to achieve the splits before my birthday, by doing this it will also encourage my students to train harder as well, and also improve my side kick for height.

Guy
2 years 11 months ago

Hey Eric,
My main issues that I have, though it seems that I have a ton, are with my hip flexors. Though on occasion I have trouble with high round house kicks, I have been experimenting with adding crescent kicks (Mikazuki Geri) into my kickboxing for the last few months. My hip flexibility though is so poor that within 15 to 30 kicks my technique goes to shit.

Thanks!

chris
2 years 11 months ago

Hi Eric i get real trouble with my side splits so that kill’s my round house and side kick and really hurts up into my lower back hope you can help Chris