my boxing trainer says I'm way too tense and need to stop hitting the gym. how do I relax my body?

my boxing trainer says I'm way too tense and need to stop hitting the gym. how do I relax my body? am I just retarded?

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hes a gains goblin

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I'm way too tense
    offer a fight and see whos "too tense" after that

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm pretty attached to my remaining teeth, no thanks

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's not the weights making you tense. You're probably low on serotonin

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      what's the relationship between serotonin and a tense bod? are you suggesting there's a psychological factor?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        100%, your neurotransmitters affect muscle tone (physiologically speaking, that is tightness) and can cause serious issues if out of balance. It's not just serotonin, it's many neurotransmitters--- acetylcholine, gaba, dopamine, etc

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          i can improve my body, but brain gains are whole new game to me. i figured i can just keep shoving shit in the vault until i meet god on the other side

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            It's pretty simple neurologically, don't sweat trying to balance out your neurotransmitters... you'll go far if you limit caffeine and stimulants, make sure you get plenty of electrolytes like magnesium and potassium in particular, and don't smoke or vape. On that note, try topical magnesium... Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and you can buy it as epsom salts that you put in your bath and soak in, or as a spray that you rub in and absorbs into your muscles. It really does work well and topical is better than pill form.

            that sounds like work, I was looking for more like an incantation or some gypsy magic. thanks for the tips, I'll have to look it up and do some work. i've got an RMT friend that says I'm the tightest body she's worked with, and that a lacrosse ball would do me good

            You don't have to dive in all at once, just buy a foam roller and play around. When you recognize the benefits it gets easier to learn more/better ways to release. I also suffer from lots of tension especially in my hips/torso and in addition to fascia release, stretching/mobility exercises are truly miracles. I think theres a perception that when you stretch it's only good for short term looseness, but the effects are cumulative and lasting, just like with exercise

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              thanks anon, lotsa good advice in this thread from you. i'm happy to say i use a foam roller regularly, and I don't drink coffee. my multi vitamin has some cal-mag in it, and I definitely feel off on the days I miss taking it. my big downfall is my weeds, I indulge more often than I should. i guess it's my next mountain to overcome?

              on the topic of short-lasting mobility gains, I find that because of my desk job, i accumulate a lot of tension in my glutes and lower back. i put in the effort to stretch it out, but it feels like it lasts only for half a day. am I just not doing enough stretching? do i simply need to spend more time targeting those areas? I believe the rest of my tight body also plays a role, so when I relieve tension in one part, another tight part comes to light.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                I'm not 100% sure about the pharmacology of marijuana but I'm sure any kind of dependence (especially on a drug with relaxing qualities) can bring on tension in withdrawal. About the vitamin--- the reason I recommend the topical magnesium is that most magnesium pill form supplements will be magnesium oxide, which doesn't absorb well... as an electrolyte it pulls water into the gut and passes out as poop, which actually can give it laxative qualities, hence Milk of Magnesia being used as a laxative. Plus topical magnesium really is the real deal

                I also sit a lot at a desk and have to do stretches specific to that. I think it doesn't make sense just to target one particular area, because if you have tightness in the midsection, it is likely that all your muscles are contributing to the tension--- those in your upper legs, all around your hips, your abs/front torso, and the rest of your back. A good starting point is fixing your hip posture; look up posterior tilt. Basically, sitting a lot and the kind of tightness it causes can cause this "posterior tilt" of the pelvis which rounds the lower back and puts a lot of stress on it. A good site about posterior tilt will teach you to sit on your "sits bones".

                Further, I would recommend hamstring/glute stretches in particular, hip flexor stretches, and ab stretches. Look these up:
                >pigeon pose
                >figure 4 stretch
                >spiderman stretch
                >seal stretch
                >a good hip flexor stretch
                >for general posture, learn scapular retraction

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                I saved your list of stretches and I'll do them each tomorrow, thank you! I definitely have a fairly strong pelvic tilt, and I've been trying to strengthen my core to pull it all together.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                good luck, happy to help

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                oh yeah I also forgot this, this is what I've followed for a really really solid stretching routine that makes me feel incredible and loose

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            You can start by fixing your gut bacteria, that's where a lot of these neurotransmitters are made. The easiest way to start is by taking out vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Not really, that's just where serotonin is made. And while seed oil and carbs are sometimes bad for you (the former more than the latter), you're just reciting IST meme diet tips and those things have nothing to do with serotonin production in the gut. What matters most is consuming protein... serotonin is made from tryptophan by way of 5-htp

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    fascia release with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, and the roller stick (ifykyk). Look up one or several youtube vids that will show you how to do it CORRECTLY--- there is a right way and a wrong way to do fascia release and you can cause injuries with the wrong way, e.g. rolling tendons and ligaments directly. Thank me later

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      that sounds like work, I was looking for more like an incantation or some gypsy magic. thanks for the tips, I'll have to look it up and do some work. i've got an RMT friend that says I'm the tightest body she's worked with, and that a lacrosse ball would do me good

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Also when he says you're too tense, look him deep in the eyes, bite your lip, and ask if he knows any good ways to fully release all that tension

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i'm not good with eye contact, his deep brown eyes make my deep brown eye seep. i'll just write him a letter instead

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    this happens, weather /fit wants it or not, past a certain point development of muscles impedes movement, you can see how this can be a problem for athletes, which is why you dont see JACKED footballers. This does not mean you should stop working out or getting bigger, but it does mean that if you want to get to a higher level in the particular sport you should look into incorporating more mobility, calysthenics and low-weight high repetitions.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i do generally stick to high-rep workouts, but I leave a lot of room in my routine for mobility work. guess I'll have to get more serious about regular stretching routines

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    No boxing coach says this. The guy is obviously very jealous of you. Please don’t take his shitty advice

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i think he was just kidding with the gym advice, his critique was aimed at my technique and how stiffly i throw punches

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    place a cat on your cat and let them knead you

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    u sure he doesnt just mean you need to stretch more?

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Take beta blockers (when you're not training)

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Also get massage gun. It'll change your life. I'm usually tense as fuck too this is what works for me

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Beta blockers will crater your testosterone levels and make you gain weight. They work for anxiety but they are literally blocking the pathways of the adrenergic system that keep your metabolism high and encourage use of fat for energy... and they do interfere with testosterone production, significantly and negatively so

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