Top 5 Stretching Mistakes – 1

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.

Solutions:

  • 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.

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Photograph of stretching exercise from The Stretching Handbook, 3rd Edition.

Photograph of stretching exercise from The Stretching Handbook, 3rd Edition.

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