>Be female, 23 y o
>Practicing TKD since a year until now
I followed the sticky about stretching and looking videos from YT. But I am not gaining any elongation and flexibility in my legs.
I tried static stretching, dynamic stretching, extending time into a posture, etc. But I can't do splits nor spagats yet.
What should I do to have god-tier flexibility and elongation? I want to be able to give high kicks (soon, if possible) and round kicks, but because I'm not seeing any results after six months, I think that there's something wrong (or maybe I really have a shit body for that).
Thanks for reading and helping. I'm very motivate to change my routines to gain results
I just started embarking on my quest to get more flexible for lower body (I don't do martial arts, I'm just stiff as fuck). What areas do you stretch?
I find pelvic stretching really helps and I follow this video, probably nothing new for you though :
I'm stretching abductors, calves, biceps, and others muscles, I think ( I don't know too much about anatomy haha). I follow a routine similar to the video that you posted
I do it , and I know that stretching must be painful if it is effective. I always end with my legs sore
I know static stretching gets a beating around here, but that is because static stretching impacts your force production *immediately afterward.* Provided you aren't trying to do a max effort lift or an extremely explosive kata, try a weighted static stretch, and hold it for a LONG time. Over two minutes at the very bare minimum. The goal here is to desensitize your golgi tendon apparatus to let your muscles know that it will be okay to stretch to that elongation and that it will not rip itself apart. Try a couch stretch for 3+ minutes per leg as an example, or a weighted third world squat or RDL (a dumbbell or kettlebell will be sufficient), again holding for several minutes.
>stretching until it hurts
This is a big no-no. I don't know where you got this from..?
If you overdo it, the muscles, joints, ligaments you're stretching will start to resist and become even tighter than before. You have to be gentle and easy. I mean you still have to push it, but definitely not to the point of pain. Maybe this could be the cause?
Foam roll. Fucking hell, foam roller is GOAT; shit's like $20 at minimum. Massages as well.
Also, because your gender was not necessary, as flexibility is gender-neutral, TITS or GTFO.
I would suggest just to work on kicking higher.
I am not particularly flexible, I never bothered stretching, but I am have been able to kick people in the head since a short time after I started. It was pretty much all from just working kicks over and over and concentrating on kicking higher.
OP here, thank you all for your answers!
Well, then I must contract more the muscles
Thanks for your advice, I'll try that
Reading sticky, and seeing various videos. Also, I asked about this to three different instructors (who are physics teachers too)
Will watch it
I thought that gender was related, so I'm sorry about it. And well, I'll try that. Thanks
Someday I would like to start it
That's my objective, but elongation and flexibility, are related to that. And well, I'll work more hard to accomplish that.
Thanks for your advice
How autistic do you have to be to go into a thread that asks for advice on a certain subject and you completely ignore what they're asking for?
It's like someone asking about cardio and you shitpost about kettlebells.