Like many of you, I had tried every stretching routine and exercise under the sun including the stretching guide on this website and howtostretch.com, but I never seemed gain much flexibility. In fact some of the floor stretches were painful on my joints. Then I suffered a second degree groin strain last December that put me out for 6 weeks and just wouldnít seem to completely go away for months after no matter what I tried, but now I am happy to say that my adductor and hip flexor pain are finally gone and I am on my way to reaching my flexibility goals. Attached is a pic of me going into a recent pre-game stretch.
I am a 39 year old beer-leaguer and no Miikka Kiprusoff yet, but I can now say that I havenít been this flexible in years. I bought a Stretch-a-Flex at (stretchaflex.com) Welcome to www.stretchaflex.com. Stretching on the floor was killing my hips, but this stretching aid uses your body leverage to maximize the stretch without putting pressure on your joints. It comes with an in-depth DVD and instruction book that steps you through many different stretch routines including upper body, lower body, and a separate section for moving into a full split. I started using it about 4 months ago when it was still painful to make a pad save to closing in on a full side split (on the floor at least). Iíve also started applying it to widen my butterfly from which I am already seeing great results. It actually feels good to stretch out my old hips now. I play twice and practice once a week and can honestly say that I donít get sore hips after playing anymore. No more hobbling in to work the next day.
The Stretch-a-Flex was by far the best $60 Iíve ever spent. I contacted the inventor of Stretch-a-Flex and he has agreed to send members of this board a free list of specific stretches for hockey goalies and instructions on using the Stretch-a-Flex to widen your butterfly. Believe me, it is well worth it. Just email Shaun OíLeary at [email protected] at your time of order with "goalie stretches" in the subject line.