When it comes to martial arts, Taekwondo’s kicks are what sets it apart from all others. High kicks, jump kicks, and spinning kicks are always impressive to watch and even more fun to learn. However, they are also tough to do without adequate flexibility.
Being able to deliver a flashy head kick is only part of the need to be flexible as a martial artist. Flexibility improves a person’s balance, relieves stress from muscles, and even improves one’s strength. Combined with power, strength, and balance, these contribute to better performance, and more importantly, the ability to utilize martial arts most effectively in a self-defense scenario.
Kimana Neilstrong, a certified personal trainer specializing in athletic performance enhancement, has dedicated his knowledge and skills to help others with his guide: Flexibility for Martial Artists. He obtained his Master’s degree from Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus), majoring in Exercise Science. He graduated at the top of his class with a 4.0 average.
His hard work in school pushed him to even greater heights. As a certified personal trainer, he specializes in corrective exercise, youth exercise, sports performance enhancement, and is a certified nutrition coach.
He coaches other people to become more flexible, lose body fat, and gain muscle and strength.
Kimana came back to Taekwondo after his 10-year hiatus. His journey started with stretching. But he realized that the 13-year old self seemed impossible to regain. In the process, he tweaked his hamstring while stretching, and he hurt his hips too. Eventually, he discovered that there’s a way to kick higher and do splits without injuring one’s self.
In his discovery, traditional stretching methods in martial arts are subpar to the proven methods in exercise science. The advanced methods he used in his Flexibility for Martial Arts program address the science of it all: the muscle spindles, Golgi tendon organ, and gamma loop among all others. Details behind the science aren’t deeply embedded in the program. Still, the workouts will make one more flexible without delving too deep scientifically.
With the primary aim to become more flexible, Kimana’s workouts are simple, easy to follow, guaranteed to work, and backed by science. During the process, one gets to keep their flexibility after a stretching session. Also, one becomes more flexible than in the last session. Thus, continued progression is guaranteed.
The Flexibility for Martial Arts Program also focuses on how much protein an individual must have in his/her diet for their flexibility progress. Nutrition is essential in training and aiming for their goal. Along with it is the calorie intake recommendations.
Kimana’s desire to help others goes beyond science. His dedication has led him to aid people when they stumble upon some roadblocks. Training schedules, training priorities, and trouble blending flexibility training with other training could become a hindrance. He also provides expert guidance on customized nutrition, programming one’s training, and even emotional or informational support.
Finding motivation might be hard on our own. But in the advent of social media, online fitness trainers can work with their clients efficiently. While every individual’s schedule and energy levels are different, Kimana assures that he gives out the best option to his clients. He does so by grouping the workout accurately for the best outcome expected.