Hey Athletes! Want to know if flexibility is a necessity, genetic, or overrated? Then listen to this week’s episode of Ask Me Anything!
Episode 35 of Ask Me Anything is up!
In this week’s episode, Jerred and Joe dive into this one together at the Moon casa. They talk about why flexibility is good and give you ways on how to improve it.Â
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Ask Me Anything: Is Flexibility a Necessity, Genetic, Overrated?
[00:00:00] Jerred Moon: Welcome to garage the math. He asked me anything. It’s pretty simple. I’ll be answering questions from the thousands of athletes that follow our daily programming. If you have a question or topic you want submitted, go toÂ dot com slash AMA. Let’s get started.
All right, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the garage gym athlete podcast. Jared moon here with Joe Courtney, Joe.Â
Joe Courtney: Hi, this is the closest we’ve ever been.Â
Jerred Moon: Yeah, yeah. In person. So if you’re listening, maybe go check out the YouTube channel. we’re in my detached garage. you can check us out. I don’t know how much more valuable that is seeing us in person, but, you can definitely do it if you are watching this on YouTube.
Awesome. so we’re going to start with an AMA we’re, answering question from Dylan. Dylan has a question on flexibility says how important is it to have flexibility and how can one become more flexible? I’ve never been too flexible, especially in my lower body. I’ve [00:01:00] never been able to keep my leg straight and touch my toes when sitting or standing.
For example, I’d like to be more flexible. But I’m not sure the best way to go about it, or my wasting my time trying this and just the way my body is. do you want to go first or me?Â
Joe Courtney: I’ll just jump in a little bit. flexibility definitely takes a long time. I remember when I was in high school. so I was a kicker in high school and being a kicker, you have to, you know, you’re like flexibility is a huge thing and it took, you know, a good half, three quarters of a season for me to get really, really flexible.
And I had to keep that up to go into the next year. And athletes in general are try to be more flexible because of the less. More flexible. You are the less energy your body’s using to moving those ranges of motion, but it takes a long time to do it. You have to, it was, you know, four or five times a week.
I was not only stretching, but somebody would stretch me out. And then I was doing a, other classes in, high school that I did some extra stretching as well. But it’s definitely something that you’re not gonna know. Just the benefits for a while. How far are you [00:02:00] stretching? And it’s painful.
Stretching is not fun.Â
Jerred Moon: Yeah. So my 2 cents on this, Dylan, I want to remove and reverse to what you said of is this just the way my body is. I don’t have that belief about anything. So if you’re not fit, you can get faster. You know, you can get fitter. If you’re not flexible, you can become more flexible. If you’re not mobile, you can become more mobile.
You might have a predisposition to being a certain way, but you can always through your effort, energy and programming, change things about your body. So I do think that. You don’t wanna get in that mindset of like, Hey, is this just the way things are? These are for me. so now what to Joe’s point, it takes a lot of time.
It’s not very flexible when I first started functional fitness. And so I did a lot of mobility type positions I started with MobilityWOD. You guys can check it out. I think it’s changed. It’s the ready state now. Right? but they had a free playlist of a 365 days worth of, mobility challenges. Each one was like five to 10 minutes long, but basically you’d hold a position for very long time, like a couch stretch or be in the squat [00:03:00] for five full minutes, things like that.
That really pushed you to become more mobile and flexible. And these days I like to do mobility typically after workout, but this long, like let’s say short, static stretching, like 30 seconds before workout is only not beneficial for your, for your performance. It’s not actually going to add to your flexibility.
You need to go all the way through range of motion and hold that position for very long. A period of time before your body starts to respond to it. And like Joe said, it’s going to take weeks, months, years to become more mobile and more flexible. so I would just say work on it. It’s not something your body is not just that way.
And it is something that you want to work on because it’s going to help you reduce your injury. If you can. Hold different positions. You’re not, you’re going to get injured less. So definitely work on it. Just keep at it. use some of the resources I just mentioned, or just hold stretches for three, four minutes at a time, even if it’s just.
One day, I’m going to do a seated forward fold. I’m going to hold it for three minutes. Then I’m going to hold, you know, a quad stretch for three minutes on [00:04:00] one side, three minutes on the other side, those really long stretches will go a long way in increasing your flexibility. So work on it, chip away at it.
but that’s it. You got anythingÂ
Joe Courtney: I’m so glad you mentioned to stretch after the workout. Sort of before, every time I run, I definitely try and get hit up my hamstrings big time because I know they get tight. Yeah. And that’s also when, sometimes it’s either the most painful because you just got done working out and using those areas anyway, but it’s.
You know, five, 10 minutes, a little bit here and there. And then it makes it makes it a good routine. And then even on your recovery or off days, do a little yoga. Do, do some sort of stretching that are because you can just, you can complete dedicate to stretching on those days because you’re not going to work out or lift anyway.
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