Hips still open after many months off - more mental than physical?

Discussion in 'General Taekwondo Discussions' started by Pleonasm, Jun 18, 2020.

  1. Pleonasm

    Pleonasm Active Member

    With my previously adopted body mechanics I was always kicking with hips closed regardless of whether I was active or not. Then I switched to open hips, but I thought for sure the default closed hips would creep back after inactivity. Well they don't!

    Open hips stay with me now regardless of whether I stope stretching or not. Is this what you call muscle memory?

    Here's an example after many months not doing anything.

  2. Finlay

    Finlay Active Member


    It has been proven in studies that flexibility is largely due to strength and mind. You muscles learn to contract to protect themselves at a certain stretch. Different for everyone.

    There are some other things at play but that is the basics. Pavel tsatsouline is a good reference to check for this

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