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Old 04-29-2010, 06:50 AM   #1
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Flexibility baselines and balance

Hi everyone,

Iím trying to figure out how in-flexible I really am. I know my hamstrings are tight, but not sure how tight they really are in the grand scheme of things. My quads seems to be fairly flexible, but not sure really how much, and how out of whack the balance is between the two. This can be said about pretty much all areaís of my body, shoulders, hip flexors, etc.

I was hoping someone could point me in the direction of some good flexibility baselines. Is there a standard out there that I can use to measure what muscles might need more work than others, so I can get my body tuned?

Hope this makes sense, itís early and the coffee hasnít kicked in quite yet.

Thanks!
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:57 AM   #2
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Re: Flexibility baselines and balance

If you can do the motions you need to with out a compromise in form, you are flexible enough.
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:03 AM   #3
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Re: Flexibility baselines and balance

Well I know my hammie's are tight because of my squats. Other than that I'm not 100% sure what, if anything, is hindering my lifts. That's where my question comes into play.

I'm wondering if there are any general flexibility measurements/standards out there. Maybe even some kind of measurement of flexibility between opposing muscle groups. Really anything to get a baseline or general idea where I'm at.

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Old 04-29-2010, 08:09 AM   #4
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Re: Flexibility baselines and balance

Just the major movements; snatch/oh squat, front squat, clean/rack, OH press, lunge, etc. If you play a sport, movements specific to that.
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:16 AM   #5
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Re: Flexibility baselines and balance

Thanks for your responses Jamie! I do agree with you, and understand what you're saying, but I'm really looking for something more specific. I want to find some kind of baseline/standards to measure against.

Anyone?
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:57 AM   #6
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Re: Flexibility baselines and balance

Aren't some of the "gold standards" being able to touch your toes, touching your fingertips together behind your back with one elbow pointing to the sky and one pointing to the floor, etc.? Things like that. And then there are the extremes like being able to do a split, straddle, etc.
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:45 AM   #7
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Re: Flexibility baselines and balance

It sounds to me like Jamie gave you a baseline. Are you flexible enough to do a deep overhead squat with proper form? If not, how deep can you go?

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Old 04-29-2010, 10:26 AM   #8
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Re: Flexibility baselines and balance

It sounds like the OP wants numbers, but I don't think that's going to do much good. Jamie gave a good answer.

Example: I am currently NOT flexible enough in the shoulders/chest/back to perform a proper front squat rack position. This is an area that I am working hard in.

If you have no glaring movement issues, then you're flexible enough.
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Old 04-29-2010, 10:34 AM   #9
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Re: Flexibility baselines and balance

Yeah, I completely understand and agree with the answers given here (thanks everyone by the way!), but would still like to know where my flexibility ranks on a national (or whatever) scale. Just some sort of measurement to get an idea.

Maybe it's pointless, maybe not, but I was looking for anyone who might have an idea on where to look to find something for this.

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Old 04-29-2010, 10:38 AM   #10
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Re: Flexibility baselines and balance

"but would still like to know where my flexibility ranks on a national"

It sucks, work on it.

"might have an idea on where to look to find something for this."

try the presidential fitness awards.
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