Top 5 Stretching Mistakes
Stretching is like oil changes for your car – little inconveniences that can make a big difference, guarding against breakdowns and helping things run optimally.
Mistake #1: Going Static Too Soon
Explanation: Static stretching is a traditional “reach and hold” elongation of the muscles. It can increase flexibility and strength and lower the amount of cortisol your body releases – a good thing, since cortisol blunts testosterone’s actions. However, doing static stretching before exercise can decrease your strength in that workout.
- Avoid static stretching before your workout.
- Do static stretching immediately after your workout.
- You may also want to do some static stretches – such as lat pulls – between sets or between exercises as your workout progresses.