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!
Originally Posted by Hope20
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.
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
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.