How to Improve Flexibility In Bodybuilding

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Step 1

We've all heard the joke that some bodybuilders are so big they can't wipe their own ass. And if you haven't heard it yet, you just did. Truth is, flexibility in bodybuilding tends to be a bit of an issue. When you grow all of the muscles in your body to epic proportions, being flexible can start to become a problem. Your muscles simple don't have the wiggle room that they once had, and I can imagine that there have been one or two massive bodybuilders that actually had trouble cleaning up after a good dump. Below I'll go over a few basic ways that you can improve your flexibility as a bodybuilder. Grab the toilet paper and read on

Step 2

Stretching I'm sure you didn't see this coming, but stretching is the number one way to improve flexibility. It's all too common for weightlifters to forego stretching after a workout. I get it, workouts are tough, and when you're done you probably want nothing more than to get back home and rest on the couch. But stretching for even 10 minutes after every workout is a great way to make sure that your muscles don't become overly tight and restrict your ability to move.

Step 3

More Stretching That's right, tip number one has become tip number two. Not only should you stretch after a workout, but you should try and stretch before your workout as well. Spend 15 minutes doing stretches for your shoulders, hamstrings, lower back, and wrists. These kinds of stretches will help you become more flexible, reduce risk of injury, and warm your body up before the workout to come. Once you get in the habit of stretching before a workout, spending the extra 15 minutes will feel well worth it. I promise

Step 4

Even More Stretching Stretching before and after your workouts is great, but there are ways to stretch at home as well. Try and stretch your shoulders a couple of times during the day. This will prevent your chest from tightening down on your deltoids too much, which is something that drastically decreases the visible size of your chest. Also, stretching your hamstrings constantly is a great way to make sure that you don't run into any back problems down the road. Finally, get yourself a foam roller. Foam rollers provide myofascial release, which not only increases flexibility, but reduces tightness and stress in the bellies of your muscles.

Step 5

Yoga Yoga is also a great way to improve flexibility. Yoga works wonders on the body, as it warms the muscles and goes through prolonged periods of stretching all at the same time. Think of the body like a big piece of plastic. Yoga raises the temperature of your body, warming the plastic up and making it malleable. After raising the temperature, yoga allows you to stretch and hold stretches in a way that cements the stretchiness into your body. It makes stretching fun, and even bodybuilders will find that yoga packs a serious punch in the form of muscle-exhaustion.

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The hardest part about improving your flexibility is simply making the time to stretch on a daily basis. Stretching before and after a workout can feel tedious at first, but once you get used to it you'll wonder why you ever went without. And stretching on your off days is a great way to stay in tune with your body and simultaneously increase your flexibility.

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I don't think I've ever met a bodybuilder who couldn't wipe his own ass (I never asked though), but I have met some that run into serious problems from a lack of flexibility. It's all too common for bodybuilders to experience back, shoulder, and leg pain from the amount of tightness in the muscles around their body. For the old school bodybuilders, pain is simply part of the game of gains. Telling them to stretch is like telling an untrained 15 year old dog to roll over- it just doesn't work. That's why you youngsters should start good habits now. Get stretching so you can avoid pain in the future. And do some yoga- chicks dig dudes that do yoga.

When did you first do this & how did you get started?

I first started paying attention to flexibility when I was a freshman in college. When I bulked up to 208lbs, at only 5'10", I felt tightness all around. My shoulders started to hurt a bit, and my back constantly ached. I got into yoga, and I also started stretching after all of my workouts. Just these two factors alone allowed my body to massively increase its amount of flexibility, making me feel a lot better during workouts thereafter. So go give stretching a try, I promise you won't regret it. Happy stretching, and as always,
Happy lifting,

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