Monday, May 4, 2009

Stretching Good or Bad?

Did you know that the latest research demonstrates that static stretching may not be best performed before activity? Surprising, huh? But think about it; how many times have you seen a boxer sit down in the middle of the ring before a prize fight and perform a static hamstring stretch? Let me guess....never. Here is what they do: bounce from left to right on their toes, swing their arms and shadow boxing-all forms of dynamic stretching and warm up.

Here's what we have learned over the last several years. Dynamically stretching before activity is important-Five Star Fitness Boot Camp vets know what this means: Butt Kickers, High Knees, Side Shuffles, Jack Squats, med ball tosses etc. Static stretching is reserved for the end of the workout.

Remember this: Dynamic Warm prepares the muscle for activity. Static Stretching prepares the muscle for rest.

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