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    stretch before lifting

    How important is it to stretch before and after a big lifting session ? My buddy says its not good cause it makes the muscles long instead of short.

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    Re: stretch before lifting

    THere are a few opinions on this; for me personally I will use bands & an abs pipe to loosen up before training
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    Re: stretch before lifting

    Quote Quote posted by toomoobee View Post
    How important is it to stretch before and after a big lifting session ? My buddy says its not good cause it makes the muscles long instead of short.
    Ask him what that actually means.

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    Re: stretch before lifting

    your buddy has a point

    stretching before makes no sense.. you should WARM UP the muscles, but save stretching for after or non workout days. take a yoga class on your off day
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    Re: stretch before lifting

    I stretch a little bit but I definitely recommend warming up and easing into it.

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    Re: stretch before lifting

    Quote Quote posted by toomoobee View Post
    How important is it to stretch before and after a big lifting session ? My buddy says its not good cause it makes the muscles long instead of short.
    Dynamic stretches are okay before workout session but I would avoid any type of static stretching because it can tire out the muscles and possibly weaken your performance to some degree.

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    Re: stretch before lifting

    I believe in warm up sets before lifting, and stretching after training. Doing those will help prevent injury, increase blood flow to the muscles. Stretch the fascia after resistance training, and improve recovery
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    Re: stretch before lifting

    Before lifting you want to do dynamic stretching.

    After lifting you want to do static stretching

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    Re: stretch before lifting

    I always stretch really good after training for around 15 minutes. More than just a physical thing, it is a time for me to mentally reflect on the training session I just crushed.



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