View Full Version : Stretching before lifting?

04-27-2005, 05:12 PM
Ive always did a warm up jog on a treadmill and then a light stretch before doing squats, but today I was told that its better to not stretch when lifting. What do you all think?

04-27-2005, 05:35 PM
I neither jog nor stretch before doing ANY lifting, including squats.

Warm up for squats with lighter-weight squats.

04-27-2005, 06:28 PM
Do you not do it just because, or do you not do it because its bad or something?

04-27-2005, 06:33 PM
Stretching a muscle can cause it to be weaker. Just warm up with light weight for 2 to 3 sets, gradually add weight each set. What i usually do is shoot basketball for 5 to 10 mins. just you know, take time to gather myself for the lifts.

04-27-2005, 06:55 PM
are you saying I could actually tear a muscle by stretching, or you mean weaker by not being ablt to lift as much?

04-27-2005, 07:03 PM
not able to lift as much. just try it and see.. before you bench just take 5 to 10 mins and give you triceps and chest and good stretch.. record what you can do. next week, do light warm up for 2 to 3 sets then go into your working sets and see how much you can do.

04-27-2005, 09:57 PM
you know what, i think you're right! Ive never noticed that before. Yeah, next time i think ill try just doing a couple light warm up sets, then add some weight and see how I do.

04-27-2005, 09:58 PM
Told ya... :hehe:


04-27-2005, 10:34 PM
But what about stretching after? I always thought this was good, so I don't end up looking like I'm carrying luggage around town.

04-27-2005, 11:03 PM
ooh yeah stretching after a workout is always good. I read somewhere that say after your chest workout, load the bar with light weight and just go down and stay at the bottom motion for 10 to 20 seconds to stretch the chest muscle. if you are big chested, then use dbs. Sorry i have no proof.

04-27-2005, 11:04 PM
Warmup before workout and stretch after.

04-28-2005, 01:02 AM
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