Stretching Guide for Kickboxing
Physical Therapy in Merced & Atwater for Kickboxing
Stretching is an essential part of kickboxing.
A good stretching routine can help to minimize muscle imbalances, prevent injury, improve your athletic ability and improve your overall kickboxing performance. The following stretching program is designed for kickboxers who do not have any current injuries or individual stretching needs. If you have an injury, or a specific mechanical imbalance that may be holding back your kickboxing ability, your Physical Therapist at Yosemite Physical Therapy can design a stretching program just for you.
When your muscles are warm and relaxed! For optimum performance you should stretch after you have done a general body warm up of about 5-10 minutes (this can include a combination of light running, cycling, or skipping for example.) You should also stretch after kickboxing. Kickboxers will need to do both dynamic and static stretching. Dynamic stretches form part of your pre-fight warm-up or training warm-up.
They are used to prepare your muscles for the rapid contractions experienced during kickboxing. Static stretches, on the other hand, are more useful to improve your overall flexibility and are most effectively done after your fight or training session, at the end of your cool down.
You may feel light resistance in your muscles, but you should never feel pain during a stretch.
Start with slow, low intensity movements, and gradually progress to full-speed movements through range of motion. Complete these motions for several repetitions (10-15 times.)
Finish with simulated quick kickboxing movements such short punches and light kicking. Repeat for several repetitions (8-10 times.)
Slowly take your muscles to the end of their range. You will feel slight resistance in the muscle, but you should never feel pain during a stretch.
Hold the stretch in a static position. Do not bounce.
Hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds. Repeat each stretch 3-4 times.
These muscles are your prime movers for kickboxing. You'll need to stretch these muscles each time you train or before a fight. Don't forget to stretch both sides. The stretching program shown below will take about 15-20 minutes to complete.
Wrist Extensor Stretch