Good morning fam!
So, in having conversations about training philosophies with fellow skimblers I've noticed that opinions vary on this topic.
Personally, I've gotten into the habit of always stretching first because for me it loosens up my body and increases my range of motion. Since doing this I've noticed fewer aches, pains and minor strains. I also think it's helped my recovery time as well. But, others have told me they only stretch after workouts.
When do u stretch and why?
By the way, if anyone has any detailed info or article links on the topic...that would be great!
I remember that during my martial arts period we always stretched twice: at the beginning (after the warm up) we did dynamic stretches and then at the very end of every training we had a longer session of mostly static stretches. I suppose it depends what you need it for: when your muscles get tired， it's easier to stretch further, cos they don't block it anymore.
Me personally I stretch whenever I can because it makes me feel better and my muscles get elastic .
There are 2 types of stretching ; dynamic and static .
Before a workout I used to do the dynamic one to be more explosive , faster...
and after the training to cool down I do the static stretchings.
I hope I could help you with these infos
Dynamic stretches pre workout.
- improves blood flow to the muscles to prepare them for activity and decrease your chance for injury.
The old way of static stretches prior to workouts has been shown to elongate the muscle, weaken it and predispose you to a higher risk for injury.
Static stretches are okay post workout, but I still prefer a lower level dynamic stretch program post workout.
Yo good topic man.
I'll say this. There is no studies that prove stretching before any workouts help you lift more or increase injury prevention. Also most people do very rudimentary stretches before a workout. Like high school PE.
There is however proven data that says foam rolling will increase workload and prevent injury. Also things like pigeon pose, plow pose, and wheel will loosen up any stuck cartilage. Also look up crossfit t-spine mobility workout, I've been doing this with 2 lacrosse balls before lifting. And it hurts like hell but I swear you feel so loose afterwards.
As for post workout stretches, I haven't seen and proven data that says it is beneficial. However I do read more about post workout stretches than I do about pre workout stretching. And the claims are it will help recovery time. It will activate more protein synthesis. And it will prevent injury from occurring in the future. I myself will probably start stretching afterwards.
Thx to everyone for taking the time to comment on this topic. I ended up doing some additional reading online and learned a lot about dynamic vs static stretching. I think I'm going to modify my pre and post workout regimen and I think I'll have improved results!
Thanks again fam
Hey fam, so after all the great feedback I did more research into dynamic stretching before working out and I created a 9 minute full body routine based around dynamic stretches and movements. Hope it works well for people who try it and let me know if you have any suggestions. Have a great day fam