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Photo: Maridav (Shutterstock) I’ve always had a weird relationship with flexibility. My ankles bend so easily that I can sit in a deep squat as just a relaxing way to rest. I got into Olympic weightlifting without having to spend a single moment worrying about my shoulder mobility. And yet: I cannot touch my toes. Or at least I couldn’t until recently. I’ve had so many eye-opening moments in fitness that I now seek out ways of disproving my own opinions. I used to skip cardio, which I absolutely hated. But the more cardio I did, the better my lifting got, proving through anecdote what I already knew science supported: that cardio does not kill your gains , but in fact can be the key to getting more of them. And now I’m questioning one of my even longer-held beliefs: What if stretching is actually good for you? As I’ve written before, I don’t really stretch, ever . I have the mobility I need, and I don’t need any of the specific types of mobility that I don’t have. (I have also tried to become more flexible in the past, and gave up because it never felt like I was getting anywhere.) But I have to admit, it would be cool to be able to do splits. It would be amazing to take a wide stance for sumo deadlifts . So I’m embarking on a month-long experiment in which I stretch regularly—four out of five days so far this […]