Week 6 in the flexibility challenge was very active, there was only 1 day in the week that I rested. Every other day I did my warmup and dynamic stretches. 4 out of those 6 days I did intense contortion stretches. I am feeling bendier than ever after finding what specific muscles I needed to focus on, my quads and my shoulders.
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On day 36 I did my warmup and dynamic stretches and a simple quad, upper back and shoulder stretch. The more I stretch my quads the better my backbends get!
Day 37 was a day to remember, I finally as able to grab my foot/ankle while in a forearm bridge. It was incredibly challenging but I focused on my breathing and the flexing and relaxing of my back muscles to allow me to go further. I think what also helped was doing an equal amount of forward bending as well.
I did my standard warmup and dynamic stretches again and then went for a hike where I played on the trees and practiced flexibility poses. I wore myself out by the end of the day!
I went to the studio all day to teach classes. I went in early to again do my warmup and dynamic stretches along with some deadlifts on the pole, which was actually my first time. Not only am I gaining more flexibility from this challenge, but also strength! I am always shocked at how inclusive dynamic stretching is!
You would think I would be resting on my only off day, but I went to the Potomac instead and hiked the trails with Chico dog and Dominick. It was such a beautiful day with beautiful scenery and a hardcore workout! I warmed up by running through the trees and doing some simple static stretches and a few poses.
Finally a day of rest, I didn’t do anything physical because I was worn out! I drank a lot of water, ate a ton of greens, and a big dinner.
I was so tired I barely wanted to do anything but sleep, but I had to keep going because I had a long day at the studio. I went in an hour early to get in my warmup and dynamic stretches, I was so tired thought that’s about as far as I went. I taught pole classes and a split class where I was pleasantly surprised. My hip flexor doesn’t cause me the least bit of pain anymore when in splits. I think by leaving it alone completely and only focusing on the quad for the past 2 weeks has really been helping.
I also had to eat very lightly because I needed to make it until 10pm on only 6 hours of sleep.
Almost half way through the challenge and progress is definitely being made inch by inch. It has taken a lot of dedication and patience this far, but it is all worth it in the end!