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  • Premier Icon YoKaiser
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    Much to the amusement of my colleagues I’m nowhere near able to touch my toes (about 10 1/2″ away!). I’ve blamed it on cycling giving me tight hamstrings and calves. Years ago I read an article that suggested stretching was overrated and added little real benefit to physical fitness, this was enough for me to sack any notion of stretching, though I seem to have negelected it a bit too much. Anyone else really bad at this, or is stretching a part of your routine? I’d also be interested why its used as a measure of fitness, is it really that relevant?

    hammyuk
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    I like you but I’m not falling for that one again……

    wingnuts
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    With about three hours of stretching/warming up I get there. Got significantly harder over there last year though. As have my arteries I think.

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    Palms flat on the floor here. Only used to stretch as part of martial arts. Was told recently by a well respected physio not to both stretching routinely, only to do it if needed for a particular reason. Some people are naturally more flexible.

    If you’re going to stretch, the new thinking seems to be that it should be under load otherwise you develop extra range with no control, which can lead to injury ironically.

    bencooper
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    Hands almost flat on the floor – also from martial arts. I think the intrinsic benefits are mixed – over stretching can be harmful, but using muscles over a wider range of motion can be beneficial.

    ebygomm
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    No, have never been able to touch my toes with legs straight, even as a child.

    I’ve never found it hindered me in any way at all, I have knees that bend that allow access to my feet πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon lerk
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    Yes…

    when sat on the floor with my knees crossed!

    Actually, I can just about manage it since I’ve started running a bit. My calves and quads are no longer quite what they used to be either.

    Premier Icon sandwicheater
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    Am I aloud to bend my knees?

    Not at the moment. Can generally touch them if stretch each day for about a week. Could put palms on floor when doing circuits twice a week.

    Hold on…………cripes, well short!

    Premier Icon psling
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    Yes. Do a series of stretches most mornings and have done for years since a serious back injury. Includes hamstrings and glutes which I feel helps to ‘balance’ my knees as well as my back.
    psling – nearly 60, 200lbs +, 38″ waist 8)

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    Touch them?

    I’ve not seen them since the millenium.

    IanMunro
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    I can touch them easily. Never bother stretching.
    Always amused me when I’d go to physios, I’d say I cycle, they’d say, You’ll have tight hamstrings!, let’s see you try and touch your toes.
    Oh.
    However I was recently diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome which appears to be another way of saying you can touch your toes.

    Premier Icon stevomcd
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    Started doing Yoga recently. Gone from barely reaching past my knees to hands flat on the floor. Recommended!

    It’s not just the hamstrings that are the problem (from bike riding), it’s the lower back too and better flexibility there is definitely a good thing.

    SilentSparky
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    Yep, like a couple of the above from Martial Arts training, easier if I warm up for a couple of minutes beforehand though.

    Premier Icon parkesie
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    Palms flat here

    SiB
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    Nope, my arms are obviously too short, nothing to do with flexibility

    cynic-al
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    Only just, I do a bit of running and **** all stretching

    Lady Gresley
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    Palms almost flat for me – despite being fat and unfit πŸ˜€

    I can touch my toes once I’m an hour or two into the day. Straight out of bed in the morning I’m nowhere near.

    Premier Icon Esme
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    Same as Lady G. I also have short legs and long arms – perfect for kayaking πŸ˜‰

    bwfc4eva868
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    Not at the moment but usually I can.

    emac65
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    In my 48 years of life I’ve never been able to touch my toes,never really felt the need to either tbh…….

    Premier Icon Bregante
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    Also 44 and have always been able to touch my toes easily. Palms almost flat on the floor after a warm up.

    Premier Icon mcnultycop
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    Now, just. After a squat or deads session, easily.

    brakes
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    I never used to be able to but since riding a road bike everyday I can.

    Premier Icon closetroadie
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    Yes.
    Though I’m wary of stretching some muscles. My calf muscle ‘popped’ out when stretching lying in bed. Now it happens occasionally when I try and extend my foot down when on the bike.
    Its agony, I have to push it back in with my thumbs.

    Premier Icon JAG
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    Yes I can – palms almost flat πŸ™‚

    I’m 46 and reasonably fit. I remember reading somewhere an Olympic medal Winners Coach saying that “a long muscle is a strong muscle…”

    I stretch every day now as part of my Morning routine; Breakfast/Wash/Stretch/Get dressed/leave for work πŸ˜†

    holst
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    I do not wish to touch my toes, nor any other person’s toes, and I do not understand this obsession. Did you learn this in school, is this why you worry about such a thing?

    Superficial
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    This worked for me:

    http://www.bikejames.com/strength/how-to-touch-your-toes-without-stretching/

    That seemed ridiculously effective.

    I consider myself to be relatively fit (I’m 29), but I can normally get nowhere near my toes. Just tried that tip and can now touch my toes easily. Very odd. I don’t really believe I’m better off now though.

    seanthesheap
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    No chance, my fat belly gets in the way. 😯

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    YoKaiser – Member
    Much to the amusement of my colleagues I’m nowhere near able to touch my toes (about 10 1/2″ away!). I’ve blamed it on cycling giving me tight hamstrings and calves. Years ago I read an article that suggested stretching was overrated and added little real benefit to physical fitness, this was enough for me to sack any notion of stretching, though I seem to have negelected it a bit too much. Anyone else really bad at this, or is stretching a part of your routine? I’d also be interested why its used as a measure of fitness, is it really that relevant?

    Haha! If you went doon any further you’d get yer beard hair caught up wi yer baw hair!.

    LoCo
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    Yes, just, that hurt quite a bit πŸ‘Ώ

    Premier Icon cakefacesmallblock
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    Yep. Palms flat (53).

    Premier Icon whippersnapper
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    No. Never been able to. Even after a year and a half of yoga I still can’t.

    Premier Icon nuke
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    Nope, not even close…tried to touch my ankles and failed at that too. Can touch my knees πŸ˜€

    yunki
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    closer now than in the last 30 odd years.. mainly due to stretching my hamstrings to alleviate knee pain

    can I touch your toes..?

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    Flat palms here, & I’m fat, 45 & ginger.
    But hey, at least I can impress chicks with this new skill that some of you lot can’t.

    fasthaggis
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    Can you just give me a few minutes πŸ™‚

    JCL
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    My physio trained a team of ultra runners. None could touch their knees but were hardly ever injured.

    Flexibility is overrated according to him.

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