What does stretching do to you before a workout?

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Oct 21, 2014 3:54am

I know a few reasons why people stretch, but what are some very important reasons? (Any input would be much obliged...)

21 Oct
A warm up and stretch prevents pulling muscles but also gets the blood pumping into the muscles carries away toxins and supplies energy...while working out your stretching them muscles to limits and back over and over.... There's no point doing it again after the workout...but again people are have different thoughts for everything so you find whats best for you.
21 Oct
Its not like your doig anything wrong anyway Isaiah .. You've done amazingly, especially for your age, be proud I wish I was like you at there age.
21 Oct
You should do dynamic stretches(jog, jumping jacks etc) before working out to loosen your muscles, increase blood flow and help to prevent injury. Do not do static stretches prior to working out save them for after your workout. Research has shown the old way of static stretches prior to a workout will elongate and weaken the effectiveness of the muscle and could predispose you to injury during your activity.
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Oct 21, 2014 4:26am
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It helps to avoid injuries such as pulling or tearing of ligaments or muscles. You want to be warmed up a little before stretching to get full benefit.  So do a little jogging in place or jumping jacks then stretch.

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Oct 21, 2014 4:32am
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Doesn't it also give increasage of strength, and can also help you get bigger muscels? (Sorry if I spelt it wrong, just one of those words.)

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Oct 21, 2014 5:03am
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It's meant for keeping you limber and loose more so then building muscle mass.  But it is still very important to any workout. You should stretch before and after any serious work out

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Oct 21, 2014 5:09am
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Mostly for not tearing or pulling of anything. 

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Oct 21, 2014 7:04am
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There's a lot of disagreement out there on stretching. Most people agree that stretching after a workout is a great idea, but not everyone agrees that stretching before is necessary. Many people (myself included) warm up with jogging and light cardio and only stretch when cooling down. Interesting topic. I look forward to hearing other people's answers

21 Oct
I have even heard people say that stretching before a workout can pull a muscle as you are not warm.
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Oct 21, 2014 5:32pm
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I've read a few places that stretching before strength training can actually hinder your performance.

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Oct 21, 2014 8:25pm
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Like many other posters said,  you're better off warming up pre-workout,  and stretching post workout. The idea is to get your blood flowing for the workout, then stretch afterwards. Jumping jacks, one minute of jumping rope,  a 5 minute bike ride on the stationary are all great forms of warming up

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Oct 22, 2014 8:15pm
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Very useful topic,thanks!

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Oct 23, 2014 7:34am
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I stretch so that my muscles loosen up and when I workout I won't get cramps, muscle pull.... Basically to avoid injuries!

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