Article: Work Lower Body Flexibility For Better Squats

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    Too bad more studies are coming out showing how ineffective (and potentially harmful) stretching is for the majority of athletes and lifters.
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    Too bad more studies are coming out showing how ineffective (and potentially harmful) stretching is for the majority of athletes and lifters.
    I submit that the value of a specific cure depends greatly on one's particular affliction.

    I am an older guy who stopped lifting for half a year while recovering from major orthopedic injuries to both feet and one knee. I do not need a medical card to get through the metal scanner at the airport but neither will I allow either extremity near an NMR magnet.

    In the years since then, I have been unable to return my calves to their previous size or to even half of their previous strength. I do not have anywhere near my previous range-of-motion on any lower-body exercise and have some residual issues with single-leg balance.

    The balance issue eliminated many exercises and the limited range-of-motion both damaged my form and also limited the growth potential from any level of training volume.

    After years of applying greater volume to a limited number of exercises over a limited range of motion, I plateaued with mostly top and not much bottom.

    I have recently chosen to greatly reduce my loads concentrating more on flexibility, range-of-motion and balance. It may be months before I can ramp up my lower-body loads again and would certainly phase out the stretches as I do so.

    One can agree with mountainman33 about the danger of combining pre-stretches with maximal lifts while also agreeing with Matt Biss in the context of sub-maximal loads or aerobics.
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    The author is talking about pairing it with smfr and other things. This is honestly a great article.

    If you don't think the static stretches work for you do the other things he talks about,

    Anyone and everyone can use more mobility work.

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