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Old 09-09-2006, 04:01 PM   #1
Michael McElroy
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I have a serious problem with flexibility in my lower body. I can't even touch my toes. When i try to do L-sits i have to problem 1)i'm not flexible enough and 2) my hip flexors aren't strong enough besides basic stretching what can i do to help flexibility and mainly hip flexor strength! thanks
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Old 09-09-2006, 04:53 PM   #2
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I have/had this same problem. One of the keys is to increase your hamstring flexibility, though you must be selective with which stretches you use so that you stretch the hamstring and not the lower back. Loosen up your hamstrings and your hip flexors will seem to get stronger since they don't have to fight your tight hammies. Performance Menu 16 has some good stuff on this.
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Old 09-09-2006, 05:40 PM   #3
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Sounds more hamstring inflexibility than lower back if you cant touch your toes. Get a foam roller and use it on your hamstrings after workouts. Stretch them often (post workout only). Tight hamstrings will affect your L-sit position as well. Use the sampson stretch or lunge to stretch out the hip flexors. Practicing OHS squats all the way down wil definitely show all your weak spots. Plus if you want to get better at L-sits, you have to practice them...add a few in at the end of the workout, you'll see improvement. I still believe the most bang for your buck is practicing daily OHS with a stick butt to ankles.
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Old 09-09-2006, 06:16 PM   #4
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Is there a pic of the Sampson stretch around?
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Old 09-09-2006, 09:30 PM   #5
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Old 09-09-2006, 10:21 PM   #6
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Thank you much!!
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Old 09-10-2006, 02:29 PM   #7
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Actually isn't that Jesse's page? I did a search since I thought there was a pic somewhere on CF and found that.
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