As an individual who is looking to better their life, naturally fitness will be a major piece of that improvement. This 4-part series of blog posts will help you achieve your goals, by first ensuring that you have a good place to start: assessing your progress.
Today let's talk about flexibility.
Flexibility is more than just whether not you can touch your toes. Flexibility is dynamic, it’s 3-D, and a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Obviously we cannot change what you were born with. However, many of us can make great strides in our flexibility… Once we have identified where we need work.
It’s not enough just go to a stretching class and stretch every muscle that feels tight. What ultimately helps, is when we pinpoint the exact ranges of motion that we are deficient, and systematically work to improve those. That’s the point of this blog post today.
These 10 basic exercises will give you an accurate gauge of your flexibility. In addition, we have a pattern assessment tool that can help you understand if you have specific patterns that are tighter than others.
The assessment tool that we are using can be downloaded right here.
This tool also includes the other units of Range of Motion, Core, and Strength. Based on your scores, not only are you going to notice patterns and get recommendations for which exercises you should be doing, but we’ve also programmed the document to give you recommendations on which type of strength training and cardio you should be doing.
The video below will take you through the following exercises.
How'd you do? Make sure to set a reminder to check back in on these in a month. In the meantime, just work on the exercises that you're not very good at right now. You will be surprises at how good you get with some focus.
I can tell a lot about your level of fitness by how flexible you are, and more specifically, the relationship of your tight muscles to your flexible muscles. If you want a one-on-one assessment, let me know and I can help you with this step of the process.
Any other questions, let me know. Thanks!