To begin, many people have become perplexed by the ever-elusive definition of “flexibility training.” Mistakenly, assumptions are made that flexibility training refers only to stretching. But stretching has been unfairly stereotyped. Many assume stretching refers solely to the static form. Of course, this is not the case. There is Foam Rolling, Static, Active, Neuromuscular and Dynamic Stretching. These methods of achieving flexibility need to be used in concert with strengthening exercises to develop greater range of motion and neuromuscular control within that range of motion. Lately, static stretching, has been taking some heat about the disputable benefits it can provide. Many experts have asserted that “static stretching” is best performed after a workout because stretching relaxes a muscle, decreasing activation time and limiting lifting capabilities. All of this is valid; however, if an individual has a limited range of motion due to an extremely tight muscle and cannot perform a strength exercise properly an injury will inevitably occur. Therefore, we suggest performing “corrective flexibility techniques” in the beginning of the workout to avoid any possible injury and make sure that the correct muscles have been activated so we can get the most out of the strengthening exercises.
In closing, most of us have the same tight muscles due to our common daily activities (sitting)! If you perform the stretching exercises that we recommend, you will avoid common injuries and get the most out of your workouts!
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