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    stretching

    What do all of you do regarding streching? I occasionally spend a few minutes loosening up before my workout, but I dont really have a routine, and I'm wondering if I should take it a little more seriously.

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    For more than 10 years I have spent an hour every single morning at 6am (weekends too) stretching my entire body. Its part of a 2 hour stretching and breathing routine. I have never had an injury, I am always supple, Ive never been sick, and Im flexible as all get out. I firmly believe this helps me in the gym because its very much like yoga and I see the benefits of it all day long since I dont get all Van Damme with my stretching. Its the one thing I would do if I had to chose one physical activity to keep up.

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    Metal, I love that sig.

    As for stretching, its obviously real important before and during lifting to prevent a pull. Ive made the mistake of squatting without any serious strech beforehand, and Ive paid for it. Basically, IMO, its real important, definately worth spending 10 minutes on before warming up and then again between sets. Youve got that time between sets anyways, why not use it streching?

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    I usually spend 10mins stretching the muscles I'm going to be working that day before I start the work out & sometimes in between sets & a few mins after a work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by du510
    Metal, I love that sig.

    As for stretching, its obviously real important before and during lifting to prevent a pull. Ive made the mistake of squatting without any serious strech beforehand, and Ive paid for it. Basically, IMO, its real important, definately worth spending 10 minutes on before warming up and then again between sets. Youve got that time between sets anyways, why not use it streching?
    stretching before training does not prevent injury...post wo stretching is the most beneficial time to stretch after the muscles, tendosn and ligaments are warm and pliable...
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    I agree stretching post WO is important, but also during the workout and beforehand. It has always made a difference to me.

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    I agree with LAM. Pre-w/o stretching can actually be detrimental to your body unless your someone like Metal V who makes it a major part of his life. For the average gym goer or cardio person you need to get the muscles, ligament, and tendons warmed up before stretching them.
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    right, you do not stretch before a work-out, or squats, or whatever, you warm-up by riding a bike, elyptical, etc., but stretching should be done after your training.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert DiMaggio
    right, you do not stretch before a work-out, or squats, or whatever, you warm-up by riding a bike, elyptical, etc., but stretching should be done after your training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAM
    stretching before training does not prevent injury...post wo stretching is the most beneficial time to stretch after the muscles, tendosn and ligaments are warm and pliable...
    I have to agree 100% here guys. The stretching I do every morning is for overall health. As I said, it keeps my muscles supple and limber and provides all manner of health benefits. ALONG with the breathing exercises, that is.

    But stretching before workouts is not something I do anymore. I just dont see the point. Before workouts I do 5 minutes or so of light cardio to get the blood flowing. Thats all. Stretching AFTER workouts IS something I perform religiously. LAM stated the reasons why.


    As I said, Ive never had an injury *knock on wood* since I began doing this every morning, and for a 38 year old man, my body is better conditioned than people 10 years younger. Im not one of those people that groan when they stand up or cant sit in a certain position. I firmly believe it carries over to my weight training. I really do. Another point I love is all of my family is showing their age except me . My younger brother is now my older brother, lol.

    There are many, many benefits to stretching and it should be something in and of itself, not just something one does here and there. Most here dont like WWE, but lets look at all the injuries they recieve. The one guy who has never had an injury is Rob Van Damm, and he stretches religiously for 45 minutes EVER DAY.

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    Robert DiMaggio

    right, you do not stretch before a work-out, or squats, or whatever, you warm-up by riding a bike, elyptical, etc., but stretching should be done after your training.
    So do you think that it prevents injury stretching b4 a workout?

    I sure believe stretching b4 a workout does help prevent injury.

    We would spend 20mins stretching b4 every football practice/game & 15mins stretching after every football practice/game.

    You're not going to go into a leg workout & squat 350-400lbs w/o stretching first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnny
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    So do you think that it prevents injury stretching b4 a workout?

    I sure believe stretching b4 a workout does help prevent injury.

    We would spend 20mins stretching b4 every football practice/game & 15mins stretching after every football practice/game.

    You're not going to go into a leg workout & squat 350-400lbs w/o stretching first.
    That was my train of thought, and always has been. But, Im always learning new things. Maybe I'm wrong.

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    You really need to be warmed up! If you stretch your muscles cold, it's like putting a rubberband in the fridge, pulling it out and trying to stretch it. It'll snap. Your more prone to injury stretching a cold muscle. Warm up on the bike, get the blood flowing and then work your way up in squat. Stretch afterward.
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    That was my train of thought, and always has been. But, Im always learning new things. Maybe I'm wrong.
    No you aren't wrong.


    Yes it's a good idea to do a couple of mins on the bike or treadmill for a light warm up, but you really need to stretch first.

    Not stretching b4 a workout or sports event is insane.

    It must be done both b4 & after a workout or practice or game or whatever physical

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    Quote Originally Posted by rock4832
    You really need to be warmed up! If you stretch your muscles cold, it's like putting a rubberband in the fridge, pulling it out and trying to stretch it. It'll snap. Your more prone to injury stretching a cold muscle. Warm up on the bike, get the blood flowing and then work your way up in squat. Stretch afterward.
    BINGO!!

    Exactly. Oh man did that ever need to be stressed. NEVER stretch a cold muscle. NEVER EVER EVER. rock just gave us a perfect metaphor as to why. Even in the mornings, I never stretch them cold right out of the bed. I sit in my lotus position and do my breathing first. Then its on to light stretching, letting gravity do it. NO BOUNCING. After about 30 minutes of this, I throw in the serious stretches where I pull.

    Sorry johnny, I have to disagree with you. As rock stated, unless you make stretching a major point of your life, like I do, stretching before a workout is can be detrimental. NOT ALWAYS...but the potential is raised. Its the WARM UP, that is important. Thats why instead of stretching, I chose to do a few minutes on my stationary bike or even my stair stepper. Like I said, I dont stretch before workouts. EVER. And Im not seeing any negative effects. I save the stretching for post workout, when it can give me the most benefits. Makes no sense why anyone would do something when its not optimal.

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