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    Help with flexibility if possible

    Hopefully I'm not too old for this, but I'm starting a martial art that does a lot of rolling and break-falls, and trains outdoors.

    However, due to being on computers and out of shape, I have -zero- flexibility, and it doesn't seem to be improving that much since I started about 3-4 weeks ago. Basic rolls I used to do 5-7 years ago are almost impossible now.

    Anyone have any suggestions for regaining some flexibility? This sucks, and I hope this improves, because I am starting to feel like I'm wasting the instructor's time.

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    Don't know man... I google it tho and found some exercises:

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    if you ride your bike regularly, take an extra 10 or 15mins so you can do stretches before, midway or after the ride.

    alternatively, lose the seat with backrest and sit on a stool.
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    This reminds me of a fancy term, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (or PNF), I read about in Silent Sports magazine many years ago. It basically builds on existing flexibility to increase range. Here's one link which has some good info on PNF (#6 in the list) and other exercises. I incorporated PNF into my routine years ago and it seems to have helped...mainly for biking (especially my hammies). I can't speak for its effectiveness for martial arts. A physical therapist friend of mine confirmed it as a good means to increase flexibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
    Hopefully I'm not too old for this, but I'm starting a martial art that does a lot of rolling and break-falls, and trains outdoors.

    However, due to being on computers and out of shape, I have -zero- flexibility, and it doesn't seem to be improving that much since I started about 3-4 weeks ago. Basic rolls I used to do 5-7 years ago are almost impossible now.

    Anyone have any suggestions for regaining some flexibility? This sucks, and I hope this improves, because I am starting to feel like I'm wasting the instructor's time.
    Yoga has really helped my flexibility. You can find some basic DVDs that focus on stretching moves.

    Don't feel like you're wasting the martial arts instructor's time. You're paying for his classes. He should be used to working with adults who aren't as flexible as kids.
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    +1 for Yoga. May want to consider a BEGINNER class or just get some DVDs. I just did my first class Friday with my sister. Wasn't beginner and whooped my ass, but it sure felt good (besides the pain, of course).

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    +2 for yoga. Get a DVD, mat and block. It will do the trick

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    Yoga and patience. It takes time to increase flexibility.
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