Hi all, Was chatting on FB with another member here. And we were talking about flexibility issues when getting older. He mentioned it might be good to have a thread about this. I am hoping this thread can be a place for all sorts of discussions centering around the idea of how to maintain and increase flexibility when doing MA's at an older age. I started at 38 and am now 52. I know there are certain realities about limitations when older. But I also know that my CLF instructor pushes me and doesn't let me use age for an excuse to do things like kick higher. I can do some kicks higher than I could ever imagine. Even higher than some younger students. Others, I am working on. But I don't want to just give up and not try with the excuse that I am not young. I know from fellow students and talking online to other older MAists. that issues come up as we get older. How do others deal with this? For those that started younger, how have your routines changed as you have aged? Does anyone find they are in the middle of outdated routines with science suggesting the way we did things ages ago isn't the best way? (For Example: I used to do way more static stretching at the beginning to warm up. I had trouble changing to more current ways of thinking.) One fellow student said that I should stretch for longer periods of time when doing static stretches when you are older. She is a massage therapist, so I did that. But now I wonder if that is really true? I hope others talk overall about this topic and about specific issues they may have as they get older. I have known a few students who say they will just switch to TCC after a certain age. But we have a couple doing CLF and they are both close to 80. And our GGM Wong Gong is in his 80's. Sure, they have slowed down some as they have gotten older. But they are still at it! So I think those students are putting limitations on themselves when they don't need to. And to the instructors on here. Do you have approaches to older students that are different? Do you change your approach to developing flexibility with your older students and if so how? So I know this is all a little vague. I hope it is enough to get some sort of discussion started on this topic though.