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In The Happy Body program, we recognize three phases of flexibility. First, one has to develop range of motion. Second, one has to develop strength in the movement. Third, one has to develop speed in the movement. for the body, especially as you get older. Imagine that you learn to play one of the most difficult pieces of music by Chopin. If you learn it when you’re in your teens and play it every day, it will be easier to play in your eighties. But if you wait till you’re eighty, it’ll be almost impossible.”
This couple proved that if you do the same exercise routine every day, you will be able to do it well throughout your life. That assumes, of course, that the exercise does not injure you. It must support your body’s full range of motion, improve your muscle function gradually, and not exhaust you.
In The Happy Body program, we recognize three phases of flexibility. First, one has to develop range of motion. Second, one has to develop strength in the movement. Third, one has to develop speed in the movement.
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A yogi, for example, develops only the first phase of flexibility, aiming more for elasticity than for strength or speed. A power lifter develops the first and second phases, but not the third, by lifting heavy weights slowly. The Olympic weightlifter develops all three phases, lifting heavy weights with speed. Thus, it is possible, like the yogi, to be flexible without having strength or speed. And it is possible, like the power lifter, to be flexible and strong without developing speed. But it is best of all to have developed all three and to be flexible, strong, and fast.
Ironically, to achieve flexibility, strength, and speed, one need only focus on speed, and the other two will result automatically. That is because in order to become faster at any movement, one must increase one’s elasticity and one’s strength. For this reason, the best ways to achieve flexibility is through movements that involve explosive speed namely, pulling, squatting, jumping, and throwing. All of these are combined in Olympic weightlifting training.
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