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Hope20
09-10-2007, 12:49 PM
Well I have horrible flexibility so I am really trying to build that up, I found a great beginners yoga tape. My flexibility is so bad that when I lie on my back and left up one leg I can not extend it fully it has to be bent slightly.

Can anyone give me any hope that if I continue doing this workout that I will become more flexible, or can anyone share there personal experiences I am alittle skeptical.

The video is about 30 mins long, how many times should I do it also during the week to get results?

Thanks


thistoo
09-10-2007, 02:05 PM
Yes, you can absolutely increase your flexibility if you stick with it. I really hate yoga, but I always feel better for doing it, so if you can do your video once or twice a week you'll start to feel better soon enough. I've heard that a rule of thumb is ten times through to notice a difference, but it's different for everyone. Good luck!

Luminous
09-10-2007, 03:08 PM
I've never been very flexible myself. As a kid, I quit ballet after half a year because no matter how often I stretched and practiced, my achilles tendons wouldn't let me plie very deeply at all. Mind you, by the end I could plie much lower than when I first began, but it was nowhere near what was required to be even passable at ballet. As you can see, flexibility is a constant issue for me as well!

Can anyone give me any hope that if I continue doing this workout that I will become more flexible, or can anyone share there personal experiences I am alittle skeptical.
Thanks
Yes, you absolutely will become more flexible! Look at it as a continuum. You probably will never be as flexible as a gymnast or ballet dancer—the ultra-flexible end of the spectrum. But you may become as flexible as the middle of the spectrum or better.


Karen Voight's Pure and Simple Stretch (http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Voight-Pure-Simple-Stretch/dp/B00029NLHI/ref=sr_1_1/105-9555416-9906001?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1189447307&sr=8-1) is an excellent stretching DVD I use. Karen's a consummate pro, and she explains everything about the stretches you do in it. Stretching a muscle for 30 seconds or more, and relaxing and "breathing into" the stretch are key.