How to Get More Flexible

Will being inflexible harm your physical performance or cause injuries? Get-Fit Guy answers a reader question.

Ben Greenfield
4-minute read
Episode #87

How to Get More Flexible

So, if you do need to increase your range of motion for a sport such as swimming, gymnastics, or ballet, or you’re not flexible enough to move your shoulder through a pushup or your hips into a squat—and dynamic stretching just doesn’t do the trick?

The culprit of the tightness might be adhesions in the fascia. Think of your fascia as a giant sheath of connective tissue that covers your muscles. Just like any other connective tissue in your body, it can get tight, and the fibers that form fascia can become stuck together in what is called an “adhesion.”

Luckily, there are other methods, aside from dynamic stretching, that can make you less stiff and able to move through greater range of motion. Here are a few that can help to remove adhesions and improve range of motion while reducing stiffness:

  • Trigger Point Therapy

  • Myofascial Therapy

  • Deep Tissue Massage

  • Myofascial Release

  • Active Release Technique                                         

Finally, I’m asked quite a bit if I personally do static stretching (the type of “stretch-and-hold” stretching performed in an activity like yoga). The answer is yes. I begin every day with a morning stretch routine, but not because I think it’s going to reduce my risk of injury or make me a faster runner. Instead, I’m relying on the proven blood pressure, heart rate, and stress reducing benefits of beginning each day with a healthy and relaxing stretch.

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About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.