If it's not beneficial, why does my cat does it all the time? Before naps, after naps, while napping...
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I want to call shenanigans on this as well. If I don't stretch before I play tennis, I get hurt. Literally every single time. Clockwork.
While true for traditional static stretches, a dynamic stretch warm up is beneficial. If you have a proper warm up routine for the kind of exercise you're going to be performing you'll benefit from having those muscles activated and more limber beforehand while avoiding the overstretched problem that static stretches cause.
Always warm up. But only stretch if stretching is going to be part of the physical activity you are doing.
For instance someone like an nhl goalie should absolutely stretch first. As he will be stretching as part of the game.
Stretch only the specific parts of the body you will stretch in the activity.
Woody Harrelson > some Wiki article. Always limber up.
Static stretching can be detrimental before exercise. But a dynamic stretch warmup is very beneficial. I don't need to read an article to know that. If I go to the gym without having my joints and muscles warm and limber I'm gonna have a bad time.
You could also say static stretching after a warm up (not as a warm up) increases performance and reduces the chance of injury in the long run because it improves flexibility.
Isn’t there actually evidence that stretching is counterproductive?
I got running training from a well-known expert. She agreed: don't stretch before a run. Instead, she insisted we do range-of-motion exercises. And she insisted that we do all of them, every time, before any run. Range-of-motion is not stretching; it's more like preparing your body for work. It "wakes up" your reflexes and helps you avoid injury during the run.
Stretching came after the run, when you were hot and and your muscles were tight. She taught us a complete set to do after every run, every time. Not optional. I skipped my after-run stretch once. That was bad. Real bad.
Yeah. Go ahead and believe a Wikipedia article. Stupid. Go watch any sport. They stretch before hand. Military stretches before PT. Some fat ass sitting at a computer edits Wikipedia with exercise advice. Laughable.
Good, because I never stretch before doing anything that might be considered exercise. Now I have a reason, whereas before, I was just lazy.
Here's a thing for ya (sorry if someone else already said it).
I read somewhere (I'm not looking, but feel free) a while back that if you normally stretch before exercise and for some reason don't, you suffer increased rates of injury. If you normally do *not* stretch before workouts but for some reason do, you again suffer increased rates injury.
TLDR; If the thing a random internet guy read somewhere at some time is correct: Don't stretch before workouts.
What is performance in this case?
In the case of a young man starting martial arts practice, if he does proper stretching before and after each session he will achieve the required hip mobility to perform head kicks with ease, while someone who never stretches will literally never get to that point.
Ask dancers if you never need to stretch in order to perform. Sounds like these researchers are using some incredibly narrow definitions for "performance".
Bit disappointed that this place didn’t explode into a full on bodybuilding forum discussion- of course it ends where two dudes have been writing essay length replies to each other for 5 days straight, and then it finally climaxes when they challenge each other to a fit body duel. To their surprise, the photo of the other looks like a peaking Frank Zane. There is mad respect had, mirin’, and deep insight about what it means to be a human being. I mean like, we’re all in here reading about stretching. It’s nuts.
"I don't believe in it. You ever see a lion limber up before it takes down a gazelle?"