I’m about 6’1, 170 lbs, athletic, more muscular than most guys my age (19) but not very developed overall. I want to start ABBH, but I’ve always had flexibility problems so I fear that I won’t be able to do compound lifts with the proper form.
I’ve NEVER, in all of my life, been able to touch my toes. Not even close! Legs straight, my fingers come about a foot short of reaching the floor. I think I have tight joints, or something, because I am less flexible than just about everybody I know. My mother is the same way. This has been a limiting factor in all the sports I’ve done growing up (soccer, baseball, especially martial arts).
I want badly to become flexible… but basic stretching exercises just don’t seem to yield progress. On top of that, stretching (this is mainly my legs/hips I’m referring to) produces the most psychologically unbearable feeling for me–it isn’t “pain,” but I’d rather be puking my guts out or getting socked in the face than face that stretching feeling.
I’m willing to put in the effort, but I’d like suggestions on where to begin, what stretches to do, etc. I want to do this right! I’d also like to hear from people who have had similar problems.