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Stretch Vs. Strengthen Basics


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When targeting a specific muscle for fitness there are two key guidelines for how to stretch or strengthen:

Stretch - perform the opposite action of that particular muscle

Strengthen - perform the movement of the muscle against resistance

Ex. Gastrocnemius (calf)

Action - plantar flexion (pointing toes to floor or standing on balls of feet)

Strengthen - perform action above with added body weight such as a backpack filled with something

Stretch - raise toes and front of foot off the floor to sky

*Note: keep knee straight
- Submitted by YOUNGCASS 7/23/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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