For Parents Only flexible when doing leaps

Bex08

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Hi.
My daughter is 12 and Competes in trampolining but also still does gymnastics for fun.
when she 5-8 she trained around 9 hours a week and was fairly flexible ( hyper splits both legs, east straddle press).

Currently She’s not naturally flexible and can struggle to Touch her toes sometimes and gets frustrated in gym and trampoline sessions when she can’t get flat in splits Etc.

However .... when she does what she calls “ a crazy dance “around the lounge ( maybe for 2 mins) she can chuck in perfect pike folds and near flat splits so her body is clearly capable. She can also still do a very good pike and straddle jump on the trampoline
I’ve read so many amazing threads on chalk bucket over the year and I know there are so many knowledgeable people who might have an insight







Does anyone have any understanding of why this might be or how to transfer the she flexibility?
 

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There are different types of flexibility.

Static flexibility - Holding a position, like sitting in splits. This type of flexibility is often in born, but you can improve it significantly with training.

Active flexibility - the ability to hold a flexible position, while using strength. For example those kids who can lift and hold their leg up in the air. This type of flexibility is more common in those with great strength.

Dynamic flexibility - The ability to throw the legs into flexible positions like in a kick or a leap. This type of flexibility is common in those with fast muscle twitch and explosive leg power.

Each child’s natural in born types of strength, flexibility and speed will vary. Some kids a great at all three, some struggle with all three, most are better at one than the others. But all can be improved.

Relaxed holding of stretches improves static flexibility. A combination of flexibility and strength training improves active flex. A combination of this and speed training improves dynamic flex.
 

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Thanks for the explanation. I never quite understood that either. You would see gymnasts struggle to get their floor splits but then have the prettiest split leaps.
 

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There are different types of flexibility.

Static flexibility - Holding a position, like sitting in splits. This type of flexibility is often in born, but you can improve it significantly with training.

Active flexibility - the ability to hold a flexible position, while using strength. For example those kids who can lift and hold their leg up in the air. This type of flexibility is more common in those with great strength.

Dynamic flexibility - The ability to throw the legs into flexible positions like in a kick or a leap. This type of flexibility is common in those with fast muscle twitch and explosive leg power.

Each child’s natural in born types of strength, flexibility and speed will vary. Some kids a great at all three, some struggle with all three, most are better at one than the others. But all can be improved.

Relaxed holding of stretches improves static flexibility. A combination of flexibility and strength training improves active flex. A combination of this and speed training improves dynamic flex.
This is an awesome explanation!!!