For a long time now, when a client comes to me with a hamstring problem for example, I’ve been telling them to forget about their hamstring (for the time-being) and work on their hips and lower back.

Or if they have a shoulder problem, forget about your shoulder; work on your chest and core.

My theory has always been if you can loosen up the muscles around the tight muscle, then the tight muscle seems to take care of itself (in most cases). But there’s more to it than that. And I think there’s a good parallel from the strength training industry.

Everyone knows how important a strong core is to strength improvements: It’s the base or foundation that supports the rest of your strength training. And the same is true with flexibility training.

When the core muscles of your stomach, sides, back and neck are flexible it’s much easier to improve your flexibility in other areas. When your core is flexible it provides the foundation for greater improvements in other areas.

So here’s my 1 Simple Tip for Better Stretching: Work on improving the flexibility of your core muscles first, before trying to improve other areas. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Until next time, stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.

 

Kind regards,

Brad Walker
The Stretch Coach

 

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