Kicks feeling tight? Sometimes a little pain is the answer

Today’s post is a departure from much of what I coach in my business, but it comes straight from the authority on this subject.

We’ve been doing 100 kicks everyday this month, although that turned into 200 a day this week (thanks Grant and Harry for upping it!).  Today I was so tight when I did mine!!  5 hours in the car didn’t help that cause.  I turned to Master Harry Sese for the answer to this problem today (also known as my husband).  Since he does have a 6th degree black belt in TKD and somehow seems to have major power and flexibility in his kicks, he must know right?

According to Master Sese, although an active warm up is essential to any athletic activity, when it comes to gaining massive range of motion in your kicks, you have to static stretch into some pain.  And when he says stretch, he means holding it for up to 20 minutes!

So I took on his assignment tonight in a straddle stretch, the idea being to get into a comfortable range to begin with and then slowly increasing as the muscles relax.  You can also squeeze inward a bit while you’re doing this which helps activate the adductors.  This is important because while you want to achieve more range of motion through these muscles, they also need to be strong enough to support it.

Next time you are watching TV, give this a try and see how long you last!

-S

Published by shawnfarmersese

I'm Shawn, Performance Coach at Golfletica in Bellevue, Wa. I specialize in bringing out the awesome in athletes, especially golfers. 13 years ago I graduated from the home of the 2010 FCS Football Champions (Go Eags!) with a degree in Exercise Science and a broken down body from playing college golf. That lead to my mission to help the world move better, with less pain and killer dance moves. Thanks to the help of my partner in crime Dr. Harry Sese, not only am I playing pain free golf but I get to witness lives change everyday through the power of teamwork. Check out more at our website www.nwsportsperformance.com

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