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Old 09-18-2009, 09:44 AM   #1
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Default Uneven Flexibility

When performing the bent-leg hamstring stretch, I noticed that my left-leg is significantly tighter than my right. Any reasoning for this?
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Old 09-18-2009, 02:34 PM   #2
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Do you play sports?

For example, with pitchers their front leg is usually more flexible than their leg that pushes off.

A lot of sports have some uneven flexibility requirements (which end up being detrimental in the long run without correct prehab/strengthening and flexibility).
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:51 AM   #3
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Because you are human.....and everyone has a dominant side they use.

Best solution, don't stretch out your right side until your left side catches up....no reason to keep increasing the imbalance.

Also unilateral exercises with good ROM will help....such as 1 legged RDLs and Lunges.
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I played soccer from age 5 all the way through high-school, was a competitive martial artist, and until recently was crossfitting for 6-8 months. I have been trying to develop my lost flexibilty through static and pnf.
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Is it also true that performing a movement through a full ROM increases flexibility? I have a horrible but wink in my front squat so I have been performing 3x20 air squats every day as well as regular stretching of my hamstrings. Will this work?
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Is it also true that performing a movement through a full ROM increases flexibility? I have a horrible but wink in my front squat so I have been performing 3x20 air squats every day as well as regular stretching of my hamstrings. Will this work?
The stretching of hammies will.

You should get down in the bottom of your squats and move around and stretch everything out especially calves/ankles as well.

Weighted squats will help get more ROM because of the loaded stretching effect. Make sure you maintain proper form.
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