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Many people would love to be more flexible, that’s why exercise modalities like Pilates and yoga really take off and they have tremendous benefits. For some people, certain muscles just won’t get the right amount of flexibility in them due to other reasons other than simply lacking muscle length. Simply put they just won’t let go of tightness. The reason for this is: that particular muscle no matter how much you stretch it, will never get longer because your brain perceives that extra length as a threat. So it holds on for dear life despite how much you stretch it.

Now, one way around this is strengthening the muscle that the current tight muscle, is trying to help out. For example, your inner thigh muscles can be locked tight, due to weak core muscles. And the reason for this isn’t necessarily that you have week abs, for example, it could be that through your movements you simply can’t activate them correctly.

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