What Is Flexibility?

Everybody assumes that you do some stretching and your flexibility will get better, right?

Well not really.

Before I explain…not every person has a tight, stiff body. Some people are born with a natural flexibility and their body doesn’t need a lot of stretching. What they do need is strengthening. One of the Pilates principles is to develop long, strong muscles that can perform and have strength at the end range of any movement.

There’s no point in having a great range of movement in your golf swing if it doesn’t have any power!

What a lot of people miss when trying to get flexible is that it’s just like any other type of physical training. It needs to be very specific for each individual, have a structured, time framed program with progressions and have a measurable goal.

One example would be a basic sit and reach test.

Can you sit completely upright with your legs stretched out in front of you and the feet flat against the wall?


Remember that just doing this movement alone won’t improve your long term flexibility, but it will highlight how much work you need to do and you can easily see your improvement.

There is another reason that “just stretching” may not be the best approach to becoming flexible.

One of the reasons that people get tight in the first place is due to a lack of balance in the body.

Some muscles are weak, while other muscles are overcompensating and overworking. Some muscles are very tight, whilst other muscles have no tone in them at all.

Joseph Pilates was very firm in his conviction that the only way that the body functioned properly was to develop the body uniformly.

So when the body is out of balance, the joints, including the spine can “stiffen” because they can’t move properly due to the tight muscles surrounding it.

So if you are serious about becoming more flexible and not only improving your golf performance, but enjoying it more and being able to play for longer and more often without suffering the next day, then get a professional to give you a flexibility program and then…do it!

Here at Pilates Plus, we would be very happy to help you achieve a golf milestone like two of our clients, one just recently, WHO HAVE BOTH HIT A HOLE ON ONE!

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