• Preworkout Stretches

      by Charles Poliquin Iron Man Magazine

      Q: Is it okay to stretch before a workout?

      A: I get this question all the time, and the answer depends on the type of stretching. If you’re talking about static stretching, the answer is no. Static stretching temporarily weakens the muscles and as such increases the risk of injury.

      Studies have shown that the resultant decreases in maximum strength and power range from 7 to 20 percent—and who wants to compete at only 80 to 93 percent?
      Rather than doing static stretching, you can use ballistic (also known as dynamic) stretching before training. With this type of stretching, I prefer the pendulum approach, in which you gradually increase both the range and the velocity of the stretch.

      Source: http://www.ironmanmagazine.com/is-it...ore-a-workout/
      Comments 2 Comments
      1. JONimal's Avatar
        JONimal -
        Temporarily? How long is temporarily & why do so many athletes focus so hard on stretching before most competitions and practices if it increases risk to injure yourself?
      1. v4lu3s's Avatar
        v4lu3s -
        Because its tradition...and people blindly follow it. Sort of like real science versus broscience....

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