Extreme flexibility through Contrast Breathing

The effectiveness of conventional PNF can be dramatically increased through proper breathing. Take a lesson from Chi Kung, Tai Chi and Yoga. Masters of these Oriental disciplines put heavy emphasis on breathing exercises that leads to remarkable mastery of the body and mind. Here is why. Your nervous system is subdivided into voluntary, which is in charge of things like lifting your arm or chewing your cheeseburger, and autonomic, which quietly runs things that are none of your business, like...

The Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch

Tight hip flexors are the culprit behind bad backs, monkey butts, and athletic mediocrity. The hip flexors are your glutes' antagonists. When the hip flexors are tight, they do not allow the glutes which are the strongest muscles in your body to exert themselves efficiently, be it in running,jumping, punching, or any other activity. Kneel on the floor and lunge forward. Your torso and the front shin should remain upright for the duration of the stretch and your hips should stay squared off. You...

Why you should not stretch your ligamentsand how you can tell if you are

I repeat, stretching the ligaments is unnecessary even for the performance of the most advanced gymnastic or martial arts skills Your muscles have plenty of length to allow you to do splits, you just have to learn how to relax them. You can accomplish the splits even the suspended wishbone by reeducating the nervous system. But some Yoga asanas the goraksha asana, the sakthi chalini, the khanda peeda asana, the gomukhasana to name a few can only be performed by stretching the ligaments. The...

Praise for Pavel Tsatsoulines Beyond Stretching

Pavel is the leading proponent of applied flexibility training for bodybuilding and strength athletics at work in the field today. His ideas are dynamic and fresh, he razes the sacred temples and shows the serious-minded fitness devotee another avenue of improvement. Real knowledge for real people interested in real progress. Marty Gana her, a tor, Farrmo Fretormance Fress, health ana fitness commnist, Washington Fost.com. Wona Masters Fowernttmg champion The foremost authority, critic, and...

The Side Split

Valhalla Mma Self Defense Alberton

Russian commandos pride themselves on their ability to perform a 'dead split'. But, not because anyone plans on kicking the enemy in the head. Imagine you've ski-marched over the frozen tundra, with a hundred pounds of gear, on the wooden regulation skis known as 'coffins'. You have eaten nothing but lingonberries, dug up from under the snow. You've brushed your teeth with evergreen branches, if you are lucky enough to be that far South. Believe me, the last thing you would do is a high kick...

Power To The People

RUSSIAN STRENGTH TRAINING SECRETS FOR EVERY AMERICAN 81 2 x 11 124 pages, over 100 photographs and illustrations- 34.95 B10 low would you like to own a world class body-whatever your present condition- by doing only two exercises, for twenty minutes a day A body so lean, ripped and powerful looking, you won't believe your own reflection when you catch yourself in the mirror. And what if you could do it without a single supplement, without having to waste your time at a gym and with only a 150...

Waiting out the Tensionrelaxed stretching as it should be

Stretching Your Relaxer Out

The most obvious way to control muscular tension is well, just relax. Get in a comfortably stretched position and stay in it until your muscles relax. It usually takes a couple of minutes although timing yourself is a decidedly bad idea. The relaxation time will vary greatly depending on your training level, fatigue, stress, the given muscle group, and many other variables. Just listen to your body. The technique of Waiting out the Tension works well only in select lower body stretches that are...

The final frontier why Clasp Knife stretches will work when everything else fails

I feel your pain, mi fellow Americans. A kickboxer who had practiced mainstream PNF diligently for years came to me as the last resort. He was only three inches off the ground in the side split, yet never got any deeper. 'Experts' had told him it was not meant to be, he was not built for splits and too old. With the variation of isometric stretching described in this chapter, I put him in a full Russian split in ten minutes, screams notwithstanding. This powerful variation of isometric...

A split a fire walk an act of faith

Victor Popenko's 1994 book Flexibility, Strength, Endurance, became abestseller among the Russian Mafia enforcers, who pride themselves on being the best-conditioned bad guys in the world. Popenko writes The key to mobility is relaxation. Usually the body possesses great stretching reserves but the stretched muscle is resisting by trying to contract, and this resistance must be overcome with the psychological mindset on relaxation. Stretching exercises must be performed slowly and carefully,...