How can I become more flexible?

Question by Anonymous-MD: How can I become more flexible?
I am not flexible at all. I need to be flexible in gymnastics especially. I also need my muscles to be flexible. Do you have any tips or suggestions to become more flexible?

I am a 13 year old male by the way.

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Well, I did dancing back in the days of when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, and I am naturally flexible; even now, four years with no dancing or yoga to aid me, I am quite flexible.

I would recommend daily yoga if you can fit it in your what I would assume, tight schedule, perhaps 30 mins or so every now and then. (Daily).

Daily stretching is vital. Certain stretches, for example, simple floor exercises (e.g. splits) are useful. But don’t go straight into that. Start off easy, and as the seconds tick by, deep breathing, and then stretch out a little further than you did earlier; trust me, it works.

Maybe you should use a Thera-Band? Or go learn some dancing.


Good luck, you’ll be fine!



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  1. Trying to be a gymnast without flexibility is like trying to be a shot-putter without strength or a juggler without coordination. Don’t try out for shortstop on the high school baseball team if you don’t have coordination either.

    Summer is coming up, so you can work really hard on your flexibility and go out for next year’s team. At your age, three solid months of flexibility training at half an hour per session would give you more than enough flexibility to excel in gymnastics.

    You should understand that attempting difficult gymnastic exercises is dangerous without the requisite flexibility. For instance, if a teammate of yours goes into a full split, and you try it without the proper preparation, you can rip muscles so badly you willl feel the pain there virtually forever.

    The two most effective methods known to increase flexibility are yoga and Pilates. Yoga has been around for thousands of years, Pilates for less than a century, but Joseph Pilates based his own fitness program on yoga.

    Yoga teaches gradual improvement in flexibility, something we westerners need to work on. We are used to quick fixes, pills and potions for all problems. Yoga teaches us to seek improvement slowly, that only gradual improvement lasts. Read Aesop’s tale about the tortoise and the rabbit.

    Talk to your parents about your goals. Tell them you want to be a gymnast, if that’s your dream. Tell them you would like to take an introductory yoga class this summer. They may suggest you earn it, perhaps by getting a small paper route.

    Your writing shows you are on the mature side for your age, so you may be able to learn on your own, reading how to do practice yoga, watching videos. The danger in doing it this way is that you may try to over-extend yourself. Only take each stretch to the point that you feel a little pain. Then, hold your maximum stretch for about fifteen seconds or so.

    Slow down. Remember, the tortoise wins the race. Small, daily efforts this summer to increase your flexibility will do more for you than a few quick hours just before you go out for next year’s gymnastics team.

    All my best to you in trying to become more flexible. Flexibility and adaptability are keys to survival–in gymnastics and life.

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