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The Exact Hip Flexibility Exercises I Use To Improve Splits and Pike Shapes in Gymnasts

Recently I put together a blog post that outlined exactly what shoulder flexibility exercises and circuits I give to gymnasts who struggle with handstands or pommel horse swings (find it here if interested). A ton of people said they really…
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Download My Free 10 Minute Hip and Shoulder Flexibility Circuits

fbq('track', 'ViewContent'); Every gymnastics coach or medical provider wants to have flexibility drills that do 3 things Get results (that actually stick around) Are safe Improve skills The problem is, we only have so…
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Needle Walk Ins to Improve Back Leg Split Flexibility, Leaps, and Jumps

I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year!   Readers have really seemed to enjoy some more "quick tip" posts with easy to use drills in practice, so I wanted to share another one of my go to's today. All gymnasts tend to struggle…
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10 Quick Tips - Safely Developing Hip Flexibility in Gymnasts

I've written some pretty in-depth articles on my thoughts related to hip flexibility research, injury mechanisms, and in gym methods, I think are useful. If you want to check them out, take a peek here, here, and here. Also, if you want to…
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Are Oversplits Bad for Gymnasts? Combining Science and Real Life in the Gym For Safe, But Effective, Split Flexibility Methods

Talk about a catchy blog title, right? Before anyone thinks I'm here to set fires, I'm not. The goal of this blog post is to give gymnastics and the medical world information, tools, and practical strategies to approach the topic of split and…
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Increase Split Flexibility with My Favorite Complex, and The #1 Reason Gymnasts Struggle with Flexibility

The most common topic coaches, parents, and medical providers contact me about is what to do for gymnasts who struggle with Split/Leap, Handstand, and Bridge Flexibility. It's well known that the flexibility for these basic gymnastics skills…
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Don't Feed The Fire: Modifying Strength To Increase Flexibility

This is something I have been thinking about as I continue to treat a lot more gymnasts who come to me with injury or performance issues. I'm always trying to break down the problem to help the athlete, but also find the "spark" that created…
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Gymnastics, Please Stop These Stretches (Part 3)

In the first part of this article series I covered pushing passive hyper extension for the back hip of splits, then in the second part I covered skin the cats / hyper flexion stretches. Also, before you dig in more, remember you can download…
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Gymnastics, Please Stop Doing These Stretches (Part 2)

In the first part of this article, I went over why pushing hip hyperextension and back leg split flexibility stretching makes me really concerned. In this article, I want to go over two types of commonly used passive shoulder stretches I fear…
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Gymnastics, Please Stop Doing These Stretches (Part 1)

I try my best to not be on the offensive side of the coin when it comes to my writing. However, lately I have seen a ton of flexibility drills that I feel are not only dangerous, they likely are causing large performance drops in gymnasts.…