i dont know about the rest of the board, but as far as flexibility goes ive been declining ever since i stopped playing sports competitively. i only play basketball maybe twice a week, just some rec league stuff, and since then i havent really been stretching before playing.
as far as working out, gym is about it for me, and as ive packed on more muscle ive gotten less flexible.
theres a lot of beneficial ways i guess to increase flexibility, though what are some methods that worked for you in increasing flexibility or even maintaining it?
I try to stretch every day in an effort to maintain my flexibility. I am still quite active in sports. Stretching is very helpful and I am still in fact quite flexible, more so than I was in high school. It feels good on top of everything else. My muscles can feel very tight if I go even one day without stretching.
might have to join the wednesday yogo class at my gym. i dont think there is a single guy in the class, so should be fun.
im trying to do 10 minutes of stretching when i wake up each morning just before skipping. just mainly lower back and hamstrings as this seems to be the main problem area.
Here are some tips I got from martial arts:
Slowly go into your stretch and keep it at the point at which you feel the pain.
Don't bump up and down when you stretch and don't rush into a stretch.
10-20 seconds of stretching won't do you any good, try stretching each part for at least 2 minutes.
Indeed most of is genetic... but it certainly can be improved. I have been doing P90 X Yoga once or twice a week and in terms of my hamstring/back flexibility, I have gone from being about 5 inches from my toes to touching them again (that's in a seated hamstring stretch and single leg... I am not flexible at all.) I have seen vast improvements in many areas as well so I would definitely recommend Yoga. And when it comes to flexibility, the key is to so short stretches, or long ones (at least that's what seems to reap the most benefits). 20 or 30 second stretches don't help you that much. Long stretches really stretch things out and so do short ones. I mean why do you martial artists are so flexible? Or Gymnasts? Constant movements (many of them quick) that increase flexibility.
Just make sure you are super warm before and during stretching. I always work up quite a sweat before I do them. also, Dynamic stretch before you play (short stretches). you will be performing many sudden movements so why would you not stretch that way?
Be diverse in your activities. You can gain alot from other sports and liesure activities. Different sports tests different movements. I knew guys that had amazing co-ordination and flexibilty even from doing things like skateboarding, dance, yoga, martial arts...