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    Stretching is bad for you...

    At least doing it the wrong way is, apparently.

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    Re: Stretching is bad for you...

    This is truly bad news as "static" is the only condition I can achieve.

    Dynamic is now a foreign word.


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    Re: Stretching is bad for you...

    intuitively it makes sense. One of the fastest guys I have ever personally been around wasn't very flexible and never stretched "the normal" way.



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    Re: Stretching is bad for you...

    My chiro/trainer has said this is a controversial issue - as some think that stretching will cause a greater chance at injury than not, at least when you're not warmed up. Cool down stretching still isn't a bad idea.


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    Re: Stretching is bad for you...

    I ran my best track times without stretching



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    Re: Stretching is bad for you...

    When I taught martial arts, the more I looked into it, the more I discovered that everyone had their own idea, probably whatever it took to get something published.

    For me, it worked best to warm-up to a sweat, then stretch, but I'm not a naturally flexible type.


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    Re: Stretching is bad for you...

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    For me, it worked best to warm-up to a sweat, then stretch, but I'm not a naturally flexible type.
    That's what I do also. I barely ever use static stretching, now a days, I like more of a dynamic type warmup. But, if I were to static stretch anybody, I would always warm up by running or some other movement first.
    When it comes to strength training, I never stretch. Instead, I'll do a light warm up set to get warmed up, rather than stretching the muscles I'm going to lift.


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    Re: Stretching is bad for you...

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    That's what I do also. I barely ever use static stretching, now a days, I like more of a dynamic type warmup. But, if I were to static stretch anybody, I would always warm up by running or some other movement first.
    When it comes to strength training, I never stretch. Instead, I'll do a light warm up set to get warmed up, rather than stretching the muscles I'm going to lift.

    Me, too, if I get off the couch like I should.


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    Re: Stretching is bad for you...

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    Me, too, if I get off the couch like I should.
    That truly is the hardest part!
    (especially when it's cold and snowy outside)


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    Re: Stretching is bad for you...

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    That truly is the hardest part!
    (especially when it's cold and snowy outside)
    Maybe I should get back to kicking people. Someone's head at the end of my foot was always a good motivation to get up!!!


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    Re: Stretching is bad for you...

    It doesn't appear to be bad, it just decreases power if done prior to a workout. I static stretch on an almost nightly basis before going to bed and it does wonders for my back.


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    Re: Stretching is bad for you...

    I've tried the military version of this, but provided that the military's fitness program has always been industrial strength stupid, counterproductive and designed to produce the maximum amount of injuries in the shortest time, I'm less than impressed by the statistics.

    "Duck-walking" and "squatting" to warm up just sounds dumb, and the new army workout prescribes just such a thing...


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    Re: Stretching is bad for you...

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    I've tried the military version of this, but provided that the military's fitness program has always been industrial strength stupid, counterproductive and designed to produce the maximum amount of injuries in the shortest time, I'm less than impressed by the statistics.

    "Duck-walking" and "squatting" to warm up just sounds dumb, and the new army workout prescribes just such a thing...
    I agree with you here completely, though this is a step in the right direction just a bit misguided. The real problem is that it will take the Army another 10 years or so to update the program, I am still waiting on the change away from the full sit-up to the crunch.


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