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warm up before, stretch after
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I do not stretch when I run. I find that walking about a half a mile before and after warm me up better than stretching. I did try it for a while, and I didn't personally find any benefit in it. My running partner loves to stretch though.
===== Here's what current research has to say about the topic. healthland.time.com/2013/04/08/why-stret ch ing-may-not-help-before-exercise/ =====
The problem with those studies is they chose muscles indiscriminately - they did not selectively stretch only the tight muscles. That's like loosening all the strings on a guitar, and concluding that loosening guitar strings is pointless.
They're correct that stretching relaxes muscles, but that's actually beneficial in the case of overly tight muscles, because they can negatively affect your form. For example, if your heels rise during squats due to tight calf muscles, stretching your calves may fix that. And no, it will not reduce how much you can lift, since your calves are not a primary mover in the squat.
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I never stretch before starting my workouts. Always after. Less chance of injuries.
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no - I warm up before exercising and stretch after.
if I'm running, I do leg swings front to back and side to side on each leg, then some walking lunges. For other stuff, I just do a lower level of whatever my planned exercise is (walking to get my heart rate up a bit, some reps with very light weights, etc.)
I love the Precor stretch trainer at the gym - it's my reward for working out!
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I never stretch before strength training but I do some brief loosening stretches between sets. Full stretch out afterwards followed by a cardio set.
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yes - I tried it today. We'll see how I feel tomorrow.
I had a personal trainer suggest that it would be very beneficial to me to stretch before strength training. I do a cardio warm-up first, then some stretching, then strength training, and then finish with full body stretching.
The National Academy of Sports Medicine (one of the leading authorities on exercise) recommends stretching before exercise - but only for muscles that are overly tight. An overly tight muscle will negatively effect your exercise form if left unstretched. The problem is that it's difficult for most people to assess which of their 600 muscles are tight muscles without some knowledge of biomechanics. You can try using the assessment below. Try to video yourself doing it or have someone else watch you do it:
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