Three Misconceptions About Stretching and Flexibility

Thomas Kurz shows flexibility and strength

Thomas Kurz shows flexibility and strength

In its July 2009 issue, the Black Belt magazine published my article on stretching. The article got a sloppy edit. If you have read it (say, in the course of researching the m.a. market), you probably wondered why would I have written such a disorganized piece. I would not.

Here is the real deal: 

In this article I will dispel three common misconceptions about flexibility training:

  • That most people can’t do splits because their hips are too tight (Not!)
  •  That static stretches, such as attempts at doing splits, should be done during a warm-up to increase range of motion and prevent injuries (Not!)
  • That it takes a long time to achieve great flexibility (Not!)


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One Response to “Three Misconceptions About Stretching and Flexibility”

  1. 1 Michael Frazier

    You’re right, the article was poorly written. I am 53 y/o male 6′ tall @ 215. I have been studying Sanshinkai Karate for 5 years and plan to test for Black Belt this December. I also have a Master’s Degree in nursing so I know a little bit about anatomy and how to write a thesis. I do not do a wheel kick (simular to roundhouse) well. I’ve got short legs and a long torso. I showed my instructor your article and what we got was to move the legs out toe in-toe out to maximum stretch and tilt the pelvis forward. I also run for conditioning and attended a sports medicine seminar at Womack Army Medical Center, FT Bragg. The speaker discussed proper stretching is best after warmup and not to stretch before a running event. He says to stretch after running.

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