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Meet Haydn! He is a martial arts instructor, sports and volleyball coach all-round athlete. We chat about the kind of activities he does, the stress it can put on the body. We also chat about how massage can help the body to heal on it’s own with a relatively low number of sessions.
Do you like to spend time at the beach? Do you enjoy to have fun with a bit of volleyball?
Well we know someone who combines both! Tune into the interview below as we chat with Sange Carter about her sport and her training. We are thrilled to be sponsoring Sange in her quest to dominate beach volleyball!!
In the vid Sange will tell you how much fun it is to do a beach sport like volleyball and how easy it is for you to start. Check out the video and for more info on Sange visit www.sangecarter.com
Evan Hawkey – Musclefix Director
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Fitness | Sport | Wellness
Do you ever have to be careful with your hamstrings? Do you feel like you are going to tweak them any minute? Are your hamstrings super-tight and take forever to warm up at the gym or for your favourite activity? I’ve had this problem myself recently and I wish to share how I solved it.
Like many people, I keep fit and active but at the same time I’m quite busy and spend a lot of time at a desk. I had been hitting the gym and working with a great personal trainer to strengthen and grow my whole body. However, despite progress in the development of my legs my hamstrings still felt “ordinary”. They had lines of tight muscle that felt like they were going to pull and would need a heap of light sets to warm up properly.
Despite stretching a little (never really enough) and doing exercises that work the hamstrings through their full range of motion, I was not really getting anywhere. I decided to get serious and have a good dose of my own medicine and book in for some massage. After two short hamstring-dedicated massages a week for two weeks my hamstrings felt a lot more even, smooth and resilient. I continued to train as normal and now I don’t feel like I have to be delicate with my hamstrings anymore.
What I believe happened was that the several massages evened out differences in tightness of bands of muscle fibres and allowed me to contract and use my hamstrings efficiently once again. With the vertical running muscles that make up the hamstrings now being of more even tension they can all work in unison. I was able to use my hamstings properly again and capitalise on a little window of opportunity the massages had created. I have now added weight to my lunges, one legged step ups and leg press and feel great.
Tight hamstrings may seem like a very simple complaint, but it’s a very common one. It’s a problem that people more often than not complain about and do noting to fix. Stretching is good but deep massage to the area will really stretch out local tight spots and create a smoother, more even muscle with greater flexibility.
Book yourself in with your massage therapist for a series of dedicated hamstring massages and get on top of the problem in no time!