Failed you or garbage in garbage out

The traditional Western approach to flexibility has failed because it started with the assumption that muscles and connective tissues need to be physically stretched. Other myths snowball from there. Hackers have a saying, "Garbage in, garbage out." If the premise is false, all the conclusions will be wrong, no matter how sterling is the logic leading up to them.

Let it sink in: the premise that you need to stretch if you want to be flexible is wrong.

Try this test. Can you extend one leg to the side at a ninety-degree angle?

Your leg that is up on the table is now in the position for a side split. Now do it with the other leg:

So, what stops you from spreading both legs at the same time and doing what Americans call 'the Russian split' and Russian ballet dancers call 'the dead split'?

No chuckles of 'simulated understanding', please, Comrade!

No, it has nothing to do with your 'short muscles'.

Listen to this: no muscles run from one leg to the other. No tendons, no ligaments, nothing but skin. Like the wheels on your Land Rover, your legs boast independent suspension. That means you should be able to bring the other leg out at the same angle and do a split without stretching a thing.

So why can't you?

Fear. Tension. The muscles tighten up and resist lengthening. Russian scientists call it antagonist passive insufficiency.

Based on your previous experiences— sitting all day or performing monotonous labor, or exercising incorrectly—your nervous system has picked the favorite length for every one of your muscles and prefers to keep it that way. Whenever you reach too far compared to this standard, the stretch reflex kicks in and reins your muscles in.

If you try something really aggressive that you have never done before—for instance splits—the stretch reflex panics and stiffens up your muscles with all its might.

Comrade, it is not short muscles and connective tissues that make you tight; it is your nervous system, 'the muscle software' that refuses to let your muscles to slide out to their true full length! A muscle with pre-Depression connective tissues and more scars than a prize fighter is still long enough to display as much flexibility as allowed by its associated joints. Master the muscular tension—and you will be as flexible as you want to be, at any age.

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