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To stretch or not to stretch... whats the lastest?(3 posts)

To stretch or not to stretch... whats the lastest?Gall
Jun 7, 2003 3:04 PM

I kept hearing different things on stretching. Some say to stretch before.. some say after a brief warm up and then some say after a workout. Can you believe that some say to do all three.... LOL

I personally enjoy all 3, especially when hard doing intervals.

But my main question is ... does pre workout stretching really cause muscle damage causing one not to be as strong?

Ahead of time... thanks!

Not much effectKerry
Jun 8, 2003 5:25 PM
Studies haven't shown much benefit, or any harm. The most important thing is to warm up well, and stretching is not that great a way to warm up. That said, gentle stretching will not hurt you, and if you tend to be stiff, it's useful. People make mistakes in thinking that stretching is how you warm up (NOT!!!) and in not stretching properly. It's not a path to glory.
stretch at night.rrjc5488
Jun 14, 2003 8:25 PM
I've read that stretching after a hard workout isn't the smartest thing to do because the muscle fibers are weak and tense. Stretching them lightly after a workout would probably be fine, but the best time to stretch is at night, you're muscles will have enough time to rest after that hard workout, and give or take kind of a cool down from walking after the workout.
I stretch after a warm up, before my actual workout and at night, at night i spend about 40 minutes stretching my hamstrings, quads, glutes, groin, and calf muscles. then i do some basic upper body stretches.