You can find inspiration anywhere for keeping your stretching routine fun. Recently, I had a much needed massage for some muscle knots in my lower back. These knots had started some pain in my hip and I was told that I needed to start stretching my hips to prevent the muscle knots from reforming. Why can’t I stay motivated when it comes to stretching? The reason that came to mind for me immediately, was how this is the most boring part of my workout and usually I just skip it. Now I HAD to start a stretching routine and I needed a way to make it fun.
I need fun and flexibility…immediately I think of cheerleaders, but without the actual cheerleader present, boredom would set in very quickly. So my next thought was of Mixed Martial Arts fighter BJ Penn hopping around on one foot while some guy was lifting the other foot over his head and Joe Rogan saying BJ could put his leg behind his head without using his hands. Now I don’t know if you have ever tried to put your foot behind your head, but I found that to be an impossible feat. Try it now. Can you do it? I had to check out the video on YouTube in order to wrap my mind around how you could even attempt it without using your hands.
When looking for a way to implement my passion for MMA into my stretching routine, I found this video of Eddie Bravo on: Flexibility and Work Ethic. He is demonstrating what he requires of someone to earn a black belt from him at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu. He shows how to stretch the groin and hips in different ways, including the lotus position. He talks about how your knees, hips, and groin all need to be stretched and to continue stretching in order to maintain that level of flexibility. I won’t be earning a black belt from Eddie Bravo any time soon, but it does give me a goal to reach for my flexibility.
When I need some motivation or inspiration for a new workout I always look to mixed martial artists that train at the highest level of competition. They have tremendous cardio endurance and core strength, which is exactly what I want from my workouts. The flexibility these guys have is definitely something that I will be trying to emulate in the future.
I don’t think that I will need to kick someone in the head or do the Jean-Claude Van Damme side splits to punch an attacker in the groin, but you never know, right? All kidding aside, these things will never happen, but increasing your flexibility will increase your speed and balance while decreasing your risks for many types of sports injuries.
What are you interested in that can be translated into your everyday stretching routine? Do you sit and watch TV in the evenings? As Eddie Bravo talks about in his video, this is a perfect time to work on your flexibility and you will start seeing the benefits in your normal workouts in no time! Sticking to your stretching routine will be much easier and more fun if it incorporates something you find interesting or something you enjoy doing.
Here is Eddie Bravo’s DVD. In his best-selling jiu-jitsu book, Mastering the Rubber Guard, Eddie Bravo lays out his entire half guard game, his entire butterfly guard game, and the secrets of the infamous Rubber Guard. Now, for the first time, Bravo unveils his entire guard system on DVD. The box set includes three DVDs that contain hours upon hours of easy-to-understand instructional training and live rolling. The collectors set covers the half guard, the butterfly guard, the entire Rubber Guard, escapes back to guard, and Spider Web. Unlike the majority of martial arts instructional DVDs that can bore a viewer to tears, Mastering the Rubber Guard (DVD) contains hours of bonus footage, including comedy sketches, Eddie Bravo music videos, and never-before seen footage where the Victory Belt Staff punks Bravo at the 10th Planet Academy with a pretty girl and an angry 300-pound meathead.