Being a former martial artist and now into hooping I can see where the stretches of one can aid the other...it's been a long while since I HAVE done the stretches but still retain about 80% of the flexibilty on a good day.
Am glad I stumbled on this thread as it's making me want to take my old stretching regime up again..this time with added patience, am sure with persistance, patience and a smile (gotta have one of those) it'll come back.
what kind a stretches do you do? i'm glad you stumbled onto this thread too!
Most of mine are leg based (from tae kwon do) but I have a series of arm ones too, some of which are in my tongue in cheek-kinda arm stretch video on here (please excuse my cheesy humour, I am about 90% cheddar based comedy)
After I get a shot of coffee-based courage and wake up (and warm up!) some I shall make a video and show)
I shall not forget to either :D
I don't think age is the issue at all. Its all in your mind and how focused you are on your goal.
I was in gymnastics for years and stopped when I was 22. I always said I'd never loose my splits and bridge....but at 34 I couldn't push up in a bridge or even think about doing splits (I could barely do a good lunge). I had stopped stretching or doing strength exercise for many years.
Since starting to hoop a year ago the desire to be flexible & stronger has grown. One month ago I started taking an aerial arts and flexibility/contortion class once a week. I've had 4 classes and can do a now do a backbend again (from standing and stand back up) and my right splits are almost to the ground and my straddle splits are about 4 inches away (when I started I couldn't even get my elbows on the ground & was about a foot off the ground). I don't stretch every day but I've been trying to do it as much as I can. It may be a lot of muscle memory and I have past knowledge so I know how far I can push myself w/o getting hurt. Go slow but keep working on it.