Although natural flexibility is one of the things coaches look for in children who become elite gymnasts, your flexibility isn't limited by your genetics. According to governing body USA Gymnastics, stretching is essential for increasing flexibility. To develop the flexibility of a gymnast, you must stretch and condition like one.
Keep muscles flexible and injuries away with a regular stretching and foam-rolling routine. These foam-rolling exercises will help loosen painful knots for all those times when a relaxing, expensive massage isn't in your schedule.