Somehow I’ve missed this Pavel book until today… This is Pavel’s book on stretching.
He starts with a pretty amazing assertion… most of us are already flexible enough to do gymnastic style feats. Say what?
Yes! Our muscles could allow us to move through a wider range of motion… if they would.
Why don’t they?
Protective mechanisms designed to protect us from over stretching are the reason.
Pavel’s book and video by the same name are designed to teach techniques that allow you to train your body to move through a longer range of motion by overcoming these protective mechanisms.
He makes the interesting point that while ordinary stretching can leave you over flexible like some rag doll, this form of stretch actually leaves your muscles toned.
How does that work? Because the method that overcomes the body’s protective mechanisms are basically isometric contractions. Stretch as far as you can, from that position (don’t go back!) tense the muscle you’re trying to stretch and “relax”… and suddenly you’ll stretch some more.
Assuming you’re not stretched to the degree you want… from that position tense and relax again. And again. You get the picture.
Some muscles don’t cooperate so easily. Some muscle groups require a contraction to drag on until the muscles feel physically tired… only then do they “give”.
Now just because this technique lets you move more fully through a range of motion, it doesn’t mean we can all put our palms on the floor the first day. There’s room for improvement. Pavel suggests doing these stretches 3 times per week several hours after your main workout.
Several of our readers go to chiropractors from time to time for “spinal decompression”… they’ll find Pavel on this topic to be quite informative. He specifically talks about spinal decompression (hanging from a bar) and demonstrates significant decompression in his video (free on Amazon Prime).
Whether you go to a chiropractor or not, Pavel wants every lifter to do spinal decompression ( and have everybody lift). It’s not just for older folks any more!
If you want to quickly and painlessly stretch further, this is the resource for you! It will help you eliminate pain, protect your body, and, thanks to the tension component, help tone your muscles too!