When One Just Aint Enough Stretching with a Partner

A helpful, caring partner can be the ultimate stretching prop (for more info on props, see Chapter 3). A partner can

1 Gently urge you deeper into a position than you may be able to do yourself

1 Help you get far more out of your flexibility routine than you may be able to on your own

Nevertheless, there are some disadvantages: 1 Your partner can't feel what you feel every moment.

1 Your partner can't respond to your discomfort as quickly as you may like.

1 Your partner may force you into a deeper position than you're ready for.

1 Your partner can move you too quickly, which can initiate the stretch reflex (see "Static stretches" earlier in the chapter for more info on the stretch reflex).

These instances can be a source of accidental injury, so maintain consistent communication with your partner to avoid uncomfortable situations.

In addition, using a partner is ideal for two types of stretches: isometric stretching and PNF stretching. Although I don't describe any of these types of exercises in this book, more advanced exercisers can adapt these techniques to the stretches I describe for beginners. Check out the next sections for the lowdown on these types of partner stretches.

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