Posts Tagged ‘strength’

A recent exchange on training for strength and flexibility between Mr. E and me: Mr. E.: I have been using your video Flexibility Express, and I definitely see major improvement, though not as quickly as you indicate I should. One question regarding the squats into splits routine: How frequently should I be performing that series […]


QUESTION: “Flexibility Express doesn’t come up with a set schedule for workouts like when and which ones to do. Before I bought it, it said that I need to workout 15-20 minutes twice a week to gain flexibility. How should I approach this program in terms of scheduling.” ANSWER: Do it on the same schedule […]


The new year is the time for resolutions, for starting over, for trying something new. So here are a couple of resolutions for starting over and for trying something new: “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own” (Bruce Lee), and the Zen saying I had already repeated a […]


A few people have asked me, “What is the difference between the Flexibility Express and Secrets of Stretching DVDs?” Here is my answer: I made Secrets of Stretching when I was 35. I made Flexibility Express at 55, so the main difference between those two DVDs is 20 years of research and experience. The other […]


It has been a long while since I produced any instructional material on training for sports and martial arts. The reason is a severe shoulder injury I had a few years ago. I totally dislocated and nearly destroyed my shoulder. (Full info on the injury is at http://tomkurz.com/2010/06/30/back-bridge-twist-seminar-excerpt and http://tomkurz.com/2009/10/22/no-sweat-workout/#comment-133.) Of course, I was not […]


A couple of days ago I answered these questions from a young fighter. I get similar questions from time to time, so I decided to share my answer with my readers. Questions: I am preparing for amateur matches in Muay Thai and boxing. I work out twice a day. In the morning I begin with […]


There were some rainy days in Northeast Kingdom so I spent them reviewing and commenting video recording of my last seminar on combining strength and flexibility training. At the seminar I had the participants go through exercises that simultaneously stretch and strengthen the involved muscles, and even help with posture correction. One of these exercises […]


Three weeks ago I returned from a business trip to Poland. In my time free from business meetings, I gave two seminars on combining strength and flexibility training. Those seminars were organized by Dariusz Nowicki, member of the Technical Committee of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), trainer of the best Taekwondo club in Poland, sports […]


One reader wrote me an e-mail with questions: > I have owned your books Science of Sports Training and Stretching > Scientifically for many years as well as your DVD’s Secrets of > Stretching and Clinic on Stretching. Due to my own misunderstanding and > bad practices at martial arts schools I have attended I […]


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 […]