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I am 40 and working on flexibility for Martial Arts. Help.?

by admin on November 24, 2009

I have been practicing all kind of sports all my life just to be in fit, been practicing Martial Arts for over 15 years, but I am so stiff. I know I should have been stretching everyday all these years, but all I have done was here and there. Is it too late to be able to accomplish total flexibility such as full split? Its not critical in my Martial arts training, but it will improve my skill as well as prevent injury. I’ve known some people who accomplished this full split in less than a year,etc. Is it genetically possible for me? I wonder. Please tell me how I can accomplish the complete split.

I am 51 and practice Shotokan karate. Living in hell can require a special skill set. What has really helped me to keep flexible in the martial arts? Yoga. I have several great yoga DVDs and switch them around so I don’t get bored. I do about 35 minutes almost every morning and it really keeps me limber.

I would say if you’ve spent many years not being flexible, give yourself at least a couple of years to get to a full split. After all, you’re asking those muscles to do something they haven’t done in a long long time. Even if it takes a bit longer to reach your goal (and I believe with steady work you can) how cool will that be! Then you can keep that flexibility and be one in a million of 70 year olds who can do a full split!

As they say in hell; nothing worth obtaining comes easily, or in this case, quickly.

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