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Trainer Tuesdays, September 17, 2013

Trainer Tuesdays, September 17, 2013

 

SHOULD I STRETCH BEFORE OR AFTER A WORKOUT?




"Stretching is a commonly debated subject in the fitness industry. When should I stretch?  How should I stretch?  Should I even stretch?

"When discussing this topic, it's essential to distinguish between static and dynamic stretching and movements.  Before engaging in physical activity, your primary goals should be to prepare your body for movement.  This activity is commonly referred to as 'movement prep.' Movement prep is a series of dynamic stretches that prepares your muscles and nervous system for movement.  An example of this would be leg swings or arm circles.  Unlike static stretching, dynamic stretching keeps your body in continuous, deliberate motions.

"Static stretching is most effective post-workout.  This type of stretching is most commonly practiced by your "regular exercisers" and involves holding the stretch for a period of time.  This type of stretching is used at the end of a workout and often done manually by your fitness coach."

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