In my previous post, I talked about how I've always enjoyed lifting heavy and being big. One of the things I never like to do in the gym was take the time to stretch. Over time that resulted in me having the flexibility of a mountain, that is to say, none.
My BJJ instructor recommended a book he used to achieve full splits in only a month, titled: Even the Stiffest People can do the Splits.
Despite being in fantastic shape, he wasn't particularly flexible when he started which is what sparked my interest. I figured if it could work for him I might as well give it a try.
It's a very unassuming book. There is an older Japanese lady on the cover doing a split with her chest on the ground and arms stretched out in front of her. all while looking up at the camera.
|Eiko doing a full split on the cover of her book|
Once I saw the improvement he made in a month I went out and grabbed the book. The routine is actually very streamlined and the methodology is sound. The hard part is that the discipline on the routine is daily. You have to be willing to invest the time every to improve your mobility and range of motion.
I'll be honest, I have not been as disciplined with the routine as is requires. I've skipped a few days here and there, and to be honest, when I do, I notice the impact it has had on my flexibility. It's one of those things that you need to commit to doing every single day.
Despite not having seen the gains I would had I stuck to the full routine, my flexibility still improved. That improvement has resulted in a massive boost in my mobility and a reduction in pain.
It would argue that this is the biggest improvement to my overall quality of life from any exercise. It's not like I wasn't mobile before, but I had a lot of stiff joints and a lot of body pain.
The improvement in flexibility has been a big game-changer for me. From the time I wake up until I get to bed, and even my sleeping is more relaxing.
It's funny, I always knew I wasn't very physically flexible. But I never realize how much it impacted my day to day life until I focused on improving it.
It's still a struggle for me to maintain the routine of flexibility daily. But it's something I'm committed to improving. The benefits have been phenomenal so I'm incentivized to keep it going.