Flexibility Myths (Exposed!)

 By  Shane Dowd, CES, CMP


Are you ready to uncover the truth about flexibility?

Let's debunk some common myths that might have held you back from reaching your full potential.

Whether you're a martial artist, dancer, gymnast, athlete, or just looking to improve your flexibility for any activity, these myths need to be busted!

Get ready for a fun and enlightening ride as we explore the reality behind these misconceptions.

Flexibility Myth #1: "Flexibility Doesn't Improve Performance" 

Are you one of those who believe that flexibility is irrelevant for sports performance? Think again!

While some sports may not require extreme flexibility, others benefit significantly.

Think about martial artists effortlessly kicking high, dancers gracefully bending their bodies, or gymnasts executing jaw-dropping splits. Even in team sports like soccer, football, basketball, and baseball, some level of flexibility is essential for optimal performance.

Flexibility enhances range of motion, reduces the risk of injuries, and allows athletes to move more easily and quickly. So, let's debunk the myth that flexibility doesn't improve performance!

Flexibility Myth #2: "Stretching doesn't last, so why do it?" 

Here's the truth: nothing lasts forever.

Just like strength and cardio gains, flexibility improvements require consistent practice. If you stop stretching, you may lose some of the gains, but the key is to maintain a regular flexibility routine to retain your progress.

The more you invest in stretching, the longer it will benefit you. Just as a tree with deep roots gains strength over the years, a person who dedicates time to stretching and flexibility training maintains their gains over time.

Flexibility Myth #3: "You can't be strong and flexible at the same time." 

Here's a misconception that needs to be debunked once and for all: the notion that you can't be both strong and flexible. This myth is far from reality!

Achieving a balance between strength and flexibility is not only possible but highly beneficial for athletic performance.

In fact, many activities require both strength and flexibility, such as certain yoga poses or martial arts techniques. So, don't fall for this myth—strong and flexible can go hand in hand!

Flexibility Myth #4: "Stretching Makes You WEAKER!" 

You might have heard some people claim that stretching makes you weaker. However, this myth is only partially accurate.

While a few studies have shown minor strength decreases immediately after static stretching, these effects are temporary.

On the other hand, dynamic stretching has numerous benefits, especially when incorporated into warm-up routines. By combining stretching with warm-up exercises, athletes can optimize their performance and maintain strength while enhancing flexibility.

Flexibility Myth #5: "Stretching is Only Neural" 

Stretching not only affects the nervous system but also physically affects the body.

Contrary to the myth, research has shown that stretching leads to changes in tissue stiffness, fiber length, and other non-neural adaptations.

For instance, those who have trained for isometric middle splits can attest that stretching involves more than just neural adaptations—it significantly impacts muscles, fascia, and overall flexibility.

Flexibility Myth #6: "Stretching Doesn't Prevent Injuries" 

You might have come across studies claiming that stretching doesn't prevent all types of injuries. While it may not prevent concussions or fractures, there is evidence that regular stretching can offer protective benefits against muscle strains.

Regularly pushing your body to its end ranges can improve your injury resilience and help you move more safely.

As someone with over 20 years of experience in weightlifting, sports, and stretching, I can confidently say that consistent stretching and mobility practice have prevented many injuries that I used to suffer from before adopting flexibility routines.

Flexibility Myth #7: You can do the splits in 1-day (or even 1-week or 1 month!) 

Have you ever come across ads or claims promising the ability to do the splits in just a few days or weeks? Well, let's set the record straight. Achieving the splits takes time and dedication. The duration depends on factors like your starting flexibility, your effort, and the type of flexibility program you follow.

Be realistic about your flexibility goals and choose a program that suits your needs. Remember, consistency is the key to success!


Now that we've shed light on these flexibility myths, it's time to embrace the truth and unleash your full potential.

Flexibility is a vital component of athletic performance and overall well-being. So, keep practicing, stay dedicated, and incorporate stretching into your regular routine.

If you're ready to embark on a journey of improved flexibility and injury prevention, check out my "Flexibility University" at GotROM.com.

Over 20,000 individuals worldwide have already experienced incredible results, and you can too! Remember, your perfect body is just a step away.

For personalized guidance or 1-on-1 support, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]. Let's bust those myths and make flexibility your superpower! 



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