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  1. Hello. I feel with you. I don't have any good idea how to help you with this, but just concerning your problem of "it seems loading is necessary" but the ways you know to do that aren't possible in your situation. Have you tried just to sit on the floor? Can you straighten your legs in this position? Maybe you could try to load your hamstrings for example in a pancake position, which should be possible in a very safe and controlled manner. It is possible to do this with the legs bent too if necessary. Another idea are shoulder bridges. You talk about glute bridges, where your legs ar
  2. @Kit_L Concerning your statement "whether "stretch" and "strength" are discriminations that have passed their use-by date": I thought on this too a wile ago. While I was formulating my thoughts for the girls I train and some sort of a system. I tried to define, what "strength" could be in the fullest or most integral sense of the term and my ideas were circling around the two terms strength and ease. Integral strength as obvious cannot be limitied to something like "moving weight in a specific direction in a specific angle" etc. It needs to mean, that you have power over your muscles and
  3. That's the reason, why, e.g. acrobatic gymnasts, have such a superior flexibility. Their stretching, which in most cases isn't really "modern" or effective at all, is just a tiny piece in their whole - rather unconscious - flexibility programme. If you work extensively on straddle supports and unsupported standing splits like these, you strengthen your end range. I guess you won't think that they have good pikes because they stretch their pike passively for nothing more than a few seconds in training. They have good pikes because they train their 'active compression' as we call it, throug
  4. Have just looked through the programme. Cool stuff and thank you for it. I don't know whether there is already something going on concerning the implementation of translated audio files in other languages. I just want to add: Even if I like this approach - and I like it more than just subtitles - I still think that subtitles should be available; just think of those people, who cannot hear. And I still can offer my time to do (or to help with) the translation work into german, if needed.
  5. Thank you very much for replying @Kit_L. The problem just came back these days (I tried to hang relaxed again...) Yes, I had this thought too that fixing the asymmetry could be the solution. But the process of fixing it seems difficult, especially concerning my back. For example, we did "arch ups" regularly (like this). In this exercise I have the impression, that my right side is working more. But since the right side is stronger, I find it close to impossible to engage the left side more, because the right side is just doing the most work automatically. The osteopath I was going to was
  6. Concerning this: If you're doing the hf stretch at the wall with your girlfriend sitting on you, facing the wall, maybe give her the clue, not to just sit and let her weight push you "down", but to push a bit against you (the direction should be horizontal, away from the wall; she could, for example, push with her feet against the wall or if the distance is too long for that, use some yoga blocks or something on the ground before the wall and let her push against those). This should create enough counterforce to prevent her from slipping down. It will also make the stretch more intensive. In s
  7. Sounds good. Concerning translations as mentioned by Jonas, I would be pleased to do the german subtitles, if wished.
  8. I strongly vote for the web app solution. If I understand this right, in this way you would be more independent (no dependance on iOS and Google, like if you're making a mobile app.) I imagine that this may be a point for you.
  9. Concerning front splits in gymnastics: they are supposed to be square, foot and knee pointing to the floor. And I cannot speak for artistic gymnastics, but in acrobatic gymnastics, a split with external rotated back leg = deduction of points. But that doesn't mean, that Liv isn't right anyway, because there are many coaches who simply don't care. Some of the mentioned partner stretching techniques the girls do in gymnastics, are actually forbidden now in GBR. I think Emmet pointed that out. But I think we shouldn't be too harsh with this. There are partner stretching techniques in gymnast
  10. I think (at least I have this feeling here in Germany), that there are many people who are actually too shy to try something like a "stretch", especially on their own. Some think that this might be dangerous and the idea that stretching could relieve their pain is new to many people, who have never experienced something like serious stretching in a sport. To reach these people we need to (1) explain them the idea of stretching per se, (2) that and how it can be done by everyone and (3) that and how effective it may be to release their pain and fix their problems in (4) differentiation to alrea
  11. Hey Mark. Thank you very much for your reply. No, he has no idea. I tried to explain it to him (and to others), but they tend to say: "If you have problems, you might come to the conclusion, that this sport shouldn't be done or isn't healthy for your body". Simple as that. Not very helpful. But last week I found a new, very good Osteopath. I don't know what you Stretch Teachers tend to think about Osteopathy, but she actually helped me and cared for my problem and background. My bridge is not yet perfect, but okay (shoulders are not completely straight over my wrists) and there are a
  12. Update 2. I forgot to mention, that I did a pancake side bending stretch. Because I felt strongly, that my spinal erector on the right is much tighter than on the left. I know now, that I should have done this more often and much earlier, because the tension wasn't there over night but was building itself up over a longer period of time. Anyway, the result of my side bending stretch was, that the pain got worse and sharp, as I came back. I think that there is some misfiring going on. Therefore I did not stretch in any side bending the last days. I rest a lot in squat and child pose.
  13. My advise would be (excuse me if something I write is just self-evident for you; just some thoughts, which helped me and might help you): If you can, generally, make sure to wait until your soreness and inflammation is gone before you start your next (strength) workout. If that is not going to happen and you train nonetheless, it will probably get worse. If you're doing this, always track your reps and sets and how you feel doing them. Always make sure to keep perfect form. If you cannot keep perfect form for one rep, the exercise is too hard for you and you should do it a bit easier. Don
  14. One, as far as I know, not so well-known form of dance is georgien ballett, which I find extremely impressive. Maybe it's new to some of you too: And because acrobatic gymnastics seems to be rather unknown too (at least almost no one understands what I do without explaining him what this is), I want to share an example of an acrobatic gymnastics routine too. Its an amazing sport.
  15. Very interesting topic. I thought on the same line these days. In acrobatic gymnastics we often stand with one foot slightly in front of the other, to have a more secure standing position to catch our top/flyer (the partner at the "top"); consequently doing "squat" like movements with one leg more forward hundreds of times. And we hold our top on one arm too. Therefore I suppose that I have some muscular imbalance in myself and an Osteopath I was going to two days ago because of a lower back issue has confirmed this. The problem is: It's not really practicable if you have limited tim
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