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    Stretching


    I'm so guilty of not keeping up with stretching as much as I used to, or should!
    being an avid martial artist in the past I could drop to splits no problem. I also stretched
    probably 2 hrs worth a week. Now I just do enough to get by and can feel it catch up with
    me on my running and biking.

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    I used to toy around with martial arts and was able to jump into the splits and hold indefinitely, jump kick the tops of door frames et cetera. That was 15 years ago..now I'm stiff as a board and can't even begin to get into some of the stretches I used to. Sad sad sad!

    I keep threatening to take a few months off lifting and just do yoga everyday....but I don't because that wouldn't be ANY fun at all. LOL. I'll just do what every guy does..wait until I'm broken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshingyou
    I'm so guilty of not keeping up with stretching as much as I used to, or should!
    being an avid martial artist in the past I could drop to splits no problem. I also stretched
    probably 2 hrs worth a week. Now I just do enough to get by and can feel it catch up with
    me on my running and biking.
    I am guilty of stretching neglect. It is quite important. I'll try harder.
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    Only at the gym I really need to start stretching as well since my short or inflexible hamstrings prevent my pelvis from rotating as much as it should and it is stressful for my lower back to do bent over rows, leg lifts, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hypo
    Only at the gym I really need to start stretching as well since my short or inflexible hamstrings prevent my pelvis from rotating as much as it should and it is stressful for my lower back to do bent over rows, leg lifts, etc.
    Hamstrings are typically the most OVERSTRETCHED muscle and are very, very rarely tight on anyone. Typically they are so stretched that they feel tight.

    What happens for most people is that the hip flexors tighten up from sitting so much, which causes the pelvis (from a side view) to rotate counter clockwise. This shortens the quadriceps, lengthens the hamstrings and also results in tight lats. A LOT of backpain stems from this...when you see people with an excessive arch and a lot of forward lean when squatting this is also typically your culprit.
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    I found that in my 20's I could overlook all that wanker stuff and still get by. Now in my 30's I've developed several injuries over the last few years from not keeping limber.

    I now make a point of always doing warmup stretches for the bigger lifts and also include stretching sessions on cardio days.

    IMO you can pay a little now or a lot later...
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    how much stretching does one think is enough?

    I know I stretch every muscle before working it out as a warm-up...and I also continue to stretch that muscle in between each set to keep the muscle from getting to pumped and leaving me incapable of full flexion/ROM.

    I also will usually stretch out post-workout to trie and deplete all of the lactic acid from the muscle...and periodically throughout the next day if I'm sore.

    My question is...is this enough? Or should I set aside actual sessions of stretching such as when I used to do martial arts?

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    Well, I attend this yoga class at my gym, twice a week and that stretching has made a big difference in weight training, sports and sex. I will not lie to you...that **** was hard but very rewarding.

    The things I can do with my body are amazing to me and I give thanks to that 30 to 45 minutes of yoga.

    Oh yea, there is some pretty ass ladies in my class and very flexible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarryOnTheChaos
    how much stretching does one think is enough?

    I know I stretch every muscle before working it out as a warm-up...and I also continue to stretch that muscle in between each set to keep the muscle from getting to pumped and leaving me incapable of full flexion/ROM.

    I also will usually stretch out post-workout to trie and deplete all of the lactic acid from the muscle...and periodically throughout the next day if I'm sore.

    My question is...is this enough? Or should I set aside actual sessions of stretching such as when I used to do martial arts?

    regards,
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    Well, you really wouldn't want to stretch it before working it out. This will only make you weaker. Plus, some muscles are already stretched on some people...hamstrings are a big one. While others are typically tight...ie. lats, chest, quads, etc. If you stretch a muscle, you aren't going to be depleting any lactic acid...and lactic acid isn't what causes fatigue, muscle soreness, or that burning sensation anyhow, it's actually a buffer.

    Ideally, use the foam roller (self myofascial release) after your workout and then stretch specific, tight muscles.
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    When I get to the gym im too psyched to get at it. I dont have enough patience but once i do a few set Ill stretch my warm muscles. maybe 5 min at the most and im still getting tighter as I age. I think im missing out on post work out streches, thats prolly the difference.
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    I do stretch pause sets during my workout and I stretch post workout. I also massage my muscles sometimes.
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    just starting to stretch at the gym after a particular muscle is done with.
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    i stretch each muscle group after i'm finished working it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brennon
    Hamstrings are typically the most OVERSTRETCHED muscle and are very, very rarely tight on anyone. Typically they are so stretched that they feel tight.

    What happens for most people is that the hip flexors tighten up from sitting so much, which causes the pelvis (from a side view) to rotate counter clockwise. This shortens the quadriceps, lengthens the hamstrings and also results in tight lats. A LOT of backpain stems from this...when you see people with an excessive arch and a lot of forward lean when squatting this is also typically your culprit.
    Where are you getting your information from? I see patients all of the time with very tight hamstrings, especially male athletes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenihan
    i stretch each muscle group after i'm finished working it
    that is the best time...too bad i don't strech i'm still fairly flexible...just warm up on the treadmill to get the blood going and lift, i don't do any warm up sets thats my runing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brennon
    Hamstrings are typically the most OVERSTRETCHED muscle and are very, very rarely tight on anyone. Typically they are so stretched that they feel tight.

    What happens for most people is that the hip flexors tighten up from sitting so much, which causes the pelvis (from a side view) to rotate counter clockwise. This shortens the quadriceps, lengthens the hamstrings and also results in tight lats. A LOT of backpain stems from this...when you see people with an excessive arch and a lot of forward lean when squatting this is also typically your culprit.
    What's the best way to stretch hip flexors? Anyone know?
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    I have dificulty not overarching as my back is stronger than my legs( I think) so i lean too forward and put too much strain on my back. HOw again, do you strech the culprit muscles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOWarrior
    What's the best way to stretch hip flexors? Anyone know?
    I would think pulling you knee up to your chest and holding for 15 sec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dude
    Where are you getting your information from? I see patients all of the time with very tight hamstrings, especially male athletes.
    Muscle tightness isn't necessarily snyonymous with inflexibility...
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    Quote Originally Posted by warriorway
    I would think pulling you knee up to your chest and holding for 15 sec.
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    In a nutshell, work the joints through their full range of movement. Like anything else we learn the proper forms for doing so,
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    I like to stretch during the begining of my workouts during the warm-up sets. It really seems to help keep me loose and keeps the soreness down a little, especially on those first couple squat sets early in the morning while I'm still a little stiff. I used to run a whole lot in highschool though so its a good habit.
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    Right now I am a nutrition and fitness major, and even though i am just an undergrad I cannot find one professor on the campus i am at that would recommend stretching before lifting. If you do stretch a cold muscle (according to the head of our exercise phys department) it is more likely to get get injured. But stretching after is highly recommended and will aid with recovery.
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    So what if you do warm-up sets and or 10 minutes light cardio and then stretch and then lift?
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    I stretch 3x per week and use a foam roller twice weekly both for about 30 min at a time. The foam roller helps more with flexibility and recovery, IMO.
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    IMO, warm up with light cardio for 5-10 min, then some warmup sets (so obviously some easy sets of sets of 10 and then a set that is a little heavier for five, just to get yourself ready) Then static stretching after you complete you workout, or at least after you are thoroughly warmed up.
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    Anyone ever try The Big Stick (www.thestick.com)? I've tried the foam roller but I can never relax enough on it to get the myofacial release that it's supposed to give.
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    I started doing very deep stretching after working that particular muscle for a few months now and the results have been incredible, I am getting stronger every workout and the i am putting size on a steady rate (i am a natty), beeze has been doing the same stretches if i remember correctly. Go check it out @ intensemuscle.com under extreme stretches sticky, there painful but they work, JMO and feedback using them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobbyRay
    I stretch 3x per week and use a foam roller twice weekly both for about 30 min at a time. The foam roller helps more with flexibility and recovery, IMO.
    I've just started using a foam roller myself. Do you know of any good stretches for the shoulders? I've had a hard time finding any information on this particular joint with regards to foam rolling, beyond what was shown in a T-mag article awhile back.
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    I stretch after.. stretching before has been proven to make you weaker during lifts
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    Brennon knows what he's talkin 'bout. Many people have an anterior pelvic tilt, which will make the hamstrings feel tight, because they're in a lengthened position. Strengthen and tighten them, stretch the quads and hip flexors.

    Anyway, i only (dynamically) stretch before my workouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarryOnTheChaos View Post
    how much stretching does one think is enough?

    I know I stretch every muscle before working it out as a warm-up...and I also continue to stretch that muscle in between each set to keep the muscle from getting to pumped and leaving me incapable of full flexion/ROM.

    I also will usually stretch out post-workout to trie and deplete all of the lactic acid from the muscle...and periodically throughout the next day if I'm sore.

    My question is...is this enough? Or should I set aside actual sessions of stretching such as when I used to do martial arts?

    regards,
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    yeah bro I think this is enough. I stretch between sets or flex, and do Dc stretching usually at the end of a training session.
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    DC stretches after training and full body stretches before BJJ. I can easily do the splits laterally and vertically, which has helped out my submission game immensely.
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    I could start another thread but here it is

    how long is your PR stretch and what exercise?

    For back.Hanging widegrip stretch with a 45 attached to a belt 1:05
    Incline Db fly stretch 1 min
    havnt timed the others.
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    about a minute and a half with 55 on my waist on the hanging back...
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    quad stretch 2 mins 20 secs
    Sddl with just the bar stretch 2 mins
    shoulder out from sythe 3 mins
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    i usually stretch after my 5-10 warmups, don't want to pull anything while my muscles are cold
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    I stretch for about 5 minutes everyday before my workout. I also find myself stretching specific muscle groups when I get home from my workout if I feel especially tight.
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    Don't stretch "RIGHT" before resistance training


    Stretching for flexibility is great and for "some" needed. It's already been mentioned here that it's best to stretch after a workout, but I'll re-emphasize it. I could have summarized a strength & conditioning research article in my own words to sound like a genius like those chemists do when they talk about nomenclatures, but I decided against it. Here's the research article's link, its a heck of a long read, so unless you are truly fascinated by exercise science or have a personal vested interest in the effects of stretching on "PERFORMANCE" don't even bother. It's not a glancer article.
    http://faculty.fullerton.edu/leebrow...stretching.pdf
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