How is the Flexibility Training Class
Flexibility training is developed by our rhythmic head coach, Konstantza Popova. It's beneficial to all athletes from the beginner level to more advanced. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 5 pm.
There are three components that affect flexibility: muscle elasticity and length, joint structure, and nervous system. While heredity controls a person’s joint structure, muscle elasticity and length and the nervous system can be positively impacted by regular flexibility training.
Static and dynamic flexibility will be done through a variety of exercises and movements. This type of training is important and necessary to become “flexibly fit” and to enhance performance. Dynamic flexibility is important for daily activities and for sports as these require movement through full ranges of motion (e.g., a golf swing). Static flexibility, on the other hand, is preferred for increasing overall flexibility through muscle elasticity and joint mobility.
Flexibility Training on Performance
To achieve peak performance, we must utilize the full length of the muscle to exhibit power and strength. If muscles are too tight, they may not be able to provide the explosiveness necessary for a particular movement. Tight hip flexors, for example, will not allow you to extend to a full stride while sprinting, thus inhibiting performance. Flexibility enhances movement and mobility for the athlete.
Here are several key benefits of flexibility:
- Improved performance of daily activities
- Improved performance in exercise and sport
- Enhanced joint health
- Prevention of low-back pain and injuries
- Relief of aches and pains (particularly in the muscles exercised)
- Relief of muscle cramps
- Relaxation and stress relief (mental and physical)
- Decreased risk of injury due to more pliable muscles
- Improved posture and balance (minimizes stress on spine)