I’m too inflexible to try Yoga or a flexibility class!

I’m too inflexible to try Yoga or a flexibility class!

“I’m too inflexible to try Yoga / a flexibility class.”

It sounds backwards doesn’t it. Surely that’s why you need to come to a class?

But I get this statement a lot.

And yes, with good reason. If you can’t touch your toes isn’t a splits class going to be out of your depth? Or a bridge class knowing your tight shoulders?

Fortunately not. This is where scaling bears it’s fruit.

Crossfitters reading this will know scaling well. You do a workout with 100 pullups but know that with your max 4 reps completing in several minutes is an impossibility.

So you scale. Make it easier so it’s something you CAN do.

Those who are willing, will find a way.

Luckily fhe same works in flexibility.

Lets take the bridge as an example. A mean fear when your shoulders force nothing less than a 90 degree bend in your elbows. While your hear practically sweeps the dust off the floor.

So we scale:

1. Firstly you will need a partner. For sole traders out there, a chair can work depending on the shape, but a breathing obstacle works better and can be recruited with a suitable dose of chocolate.

2. Warm up suitably and do some preparatory stretches of your shoulders (find some examples in our flexibility class)

3. Start your bridge position lying on the floor, heels tucked to your backside withe feet on the floor

 

4. Your partner stands facing you with feet at your shoulders either side of your head

5. They then walk out at a 45 degree angle from your shoulders, starting 1 foot away

6. You grab hold of their ankles, elbows pointing up

7. Your partner supports underneath your shoulders, while you push off your hands and feet into a bridge

8. If unable to lock out your arms, bring your head to your chest and lower down, have your partner walk out a bit more from your shoulders then try again

9. Stretch out your back after you finish

10. Scaling like this you can hold and work on a proper locked out bridge, and work towards doing it solo

 

Come to the flexibility class for a full breakdown of this and more shoulder stretches.

Or  if you’re keen to get flexible quicker or prevent pains and injuries, try a 1-1 by booking a free session here:

https://10to8.com/book/qwzphv-free/191921/

Felix Leech - Author

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