That's more or less what I've read as well. I know I've seen the pubs somewhere, even in the Yahoo news. A good warmup and light stretch should be the way to go, followed by your regular training, followed by more stretching as a cool down.Quote:
Originally Posted by PointyShinyBurn
That's all assuming the individual is flexible enough for the training he/she is doing. When that's not the case, additional stretching is needed. And for the reasons mentioned, it should be done separately from training (.ie. a light morning warmup followed by more intense yet careful and gradual stretching.)
What people fail to realize is that stretching is an exercise; it takes energy and effort. Doing intense, prolonged stretching will dent your performance. And if you are seriously inflexible, prolonged stretching before your training will not fix your inflexibility and will make you more tired than necesary (a recipe for injuries).
Any additional or remedial stretching should be done separate from/after regular training.
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Just as a sidenote, for those who are dangerously inflexible (can't reach below their kneecap, place their chest on their quads or touch a shoulder with the fingertips), they should seriously devote serious time in stretching, preferably in a yoga or pilates class.