Don’t fight Tension with more Tension

One of the biggest mistakes riders make when trying to improve their mobility is to try and force their muscles to lengthen and mobilize. We have been taught that the harder we work the better out results but that attitude can really backfire on you when you are trying to improve your mobility. In fact, it is such a problem that I have coined a term for it with my clients – Don’t try to fight tension with more tension.

In other words, you can’t force a muscle that has excessive tension and is tight to relax by “trying hard”. You have to learn how to relax into the tension, which is not a skill commonly taught. In this video I explain how this concept works and how you can use it today to see immediate improvements from you mobility and stretching routines.

-James Wilson-

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  1. Ned says:

    Great article/ video James! Just to add to what you’ve already laid out, you can get a little deeper relaxation by breathing through wherever you’re stretching. Think about having a mobile nose that you place anywhere on you body. Wherever you’re stretching put it there (actually pretend to place a nose there before starting just to help the visualization) and breath as if you could breath through that part of your body. We can in fact breath through our skin and this tip makes allows a much deeper stretch rather than just pulling harder.

    Reply • March 1 at 9:22 am
  2. Dean says:

    James, a great video for inflexible guys like me. I appreciate the information and will share it with our website followers, tweeters etc.

    Reply • March 5 at 8:36 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      Thanks for helping spread the word!

      Reply • March 6 at 8:32 am

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