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Here it goes:

Today I am going to show you exactly how a lot of people will improve their hip flexion as far as going into a physical therapy clinic.

It is from this video. It is at around 1 miute and 3 second. I have checked all the meanings of the phrase as far as, but I still have no idea what the coach was trying to say by that.

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    There's no saying for certain what that sentence means. I can only guess that it means "to a degree that one would achieve by going into a PT clinic (and doing the PT exercises)".
    – TimR
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 16:05
  • "Today, she is going to show great patience as far as answering questions."
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 17:11
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    @Lambie: I don't think that example sheds much light on the original sentence.
    – TimR
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 20:24
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo It's the same idea, the same structure, the same exact thing.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 20:45
  • I agree with Tᴚoɯɐuo. No matter how hard I tried to get the meaning of the sentence, I cannot see how "as far as" can fit there. Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 8:15

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"going into a physical therapy clinic" is not a progressive tense.

It is a noun phrase, using a gerund:

Playing tennis is fun. Going to a physical therapy clinic is not.

Also, As far as= in terms of, with regard to.

Please note: "going to a clinic" is not exactly the same as "going into a clinic". We commonly use "going to x" to mean: seek treatment at a place.

"Going to a clinic" means using a clinic as the place to treat an injury. "Going into a clinic" means entering a clinic, physically, or staying at a clinic (like a hospital) for treatment. Generally, though, one doesn't stay overnight at a clinic.

"As far as" means as regards, with respect to, in terms of and can be used with regular nouns or gerunds nouns:

As far as going to a clinic=as regards going to a clinic, with respect to going to a clinic

Often, "as far as" is used with "concerned": as far as going to a clinic [is concerned]. In terms of going to a clinic.

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  • I am aware what "as far as" means, still it is not clear to me what the speaker means Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 16:40
  • "going to a clinic" is a noun phrase, just like these: answering questions, playing tennis, doing math, having fun, getting sandwiches. Those are not verbs in a progressive form. Do you understand those noun phrases? Answering questions is hard work. In American English, we use as far as to mean: with regard to something. As far as answering questions, I might not answer anymore of them today.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 17:01
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    [useful advice: you might want to correct the spelling of the word gym (not jym) in your profile and capitalize the word English.]
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 17:30
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    I cannot get how people can improve their hip flexion as far as/in regard to going to a clinic. What I would understand if the speaker said "people can improve their hip flexion when they go to a clinic". I cannot see how the phrase "as far as" fit in there. Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 18:23
  • @DmytroO'Hopen Yes, it means that exactly. You can improve x by going to y. But bear in mind the guy is talking, and not everything comes in neat, little packages when people speak. Spontaneous speech is messy.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 19:31

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