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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Stretching

    Does stretching alter the muscle? I mean, all I hear about doing yoga or pilates is that is creates long muscles. Does stretching have this effect? What about stretching while building muscle, is it necessary?

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    Pilates and yoga are both good forms of exercise but stretching does not elongate the muscle. It does have physiological benefits though. You should do a little before your workouts and more after your workouts.
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    It is probably not necessary, but you will feel better and less prone to injury of course.

    I think that it can only slightly change the appearance of a muscle and in my opinion doesn't noticibly make your muscles any 'longer'

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    Static stretching pre-lift is bad-- that's been shown to decrease force output by up to 15%.

    Dynamic stretching before a lift is good, though. But leave the "usual" stretching for after.
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    Yeeeesss, excellent powerman, I do concur. Hmrah,Hmrah. Although I'd possibly throw in some stretching between sets. Especially stretching the muscle that is opposite the working muscle. Like stretching back when working chest. I can't remember exactly what it is, but neurological output increases when the opposing muscle is stretched.

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    Originally posted by PowerManDL
    Static stretching pre-lift is bad-- that's been shown to decrease force output by up to 15%.

    Dynamic stretching before a lift is good, though. But leave the "usual" stretching for after.
    Please explain the difference between the two.
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    Jarhead,

    Static stretching is the traditional kind where you get into a stretching position and hold it for 20+ seconds. The benefits are increased ROM with almost no chance of injury with very little chance of risking injury from the stretch.

    Dynamic stretching utilizes speed of movement (like ballistic stretching) but avoids bouncing (unlike ballistic stretching). It also usually includes movements specific to the sport or movement pattern the person is going to be attempting afterward. It's similar to a specific warm up. It also has a very, very low risk of injury. Some people call these mobility drills.

    Another good form of stretching is PNF stretching. There are three kinds of PNF stretching. Basically, they involve a partner and stretching a muscle to the point of slight discomfort for about 10-20 seconds, then having the partner hold the muscle in that position while the person being stretched contracts for about 10 seconds, then the stretched person relaxes and the partner pushes the muscle to a further ROM. This is done several times within one "set". It has a slightly greater risk of injury than dynamic or static stretching, but results are achieved faster.

    There is also ballistic stretching, which is similar to dynamic stretching but utilizes bouncing movements instead of holding the stretch at a the greatest comfortable ROM. This is the type of stretching most likely to result in injury (especially if you've injured the area before) as it triggers the stretch reflex.

    As Power said, it would be best to use dynamic stretching as part of your warmup (this is what I do) and static stretching or PNF stretching after your workout.
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    I have always done static stretching before my workouts. I think it is an important part of warmming up.

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