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STRETCHING

So stretching what is the big deal and do you need to do it?

The question should really be, do you want to stay active and mobile, if the answer is yes then you should really be stretching, not only does it keep you supple, but also lengthens your muscles so they not only look and feel better, but if you lift weights you should be stretching as it is this that enables you muscles to grow properly.

Not to mention it will help no end with your flexibility and mobility, there are a variety of different stretches to be explored such as, static which involves holding the position for around 8 to 10 seconds, dynamic which involves moving through the stretch and making it more of a fluid movement, these are ideal at the beginning of a training routine after a warm up as the muscles will not be as supple and pliable at this point. Then there are developmental stretches which are static stretches held at the point of slight discomfort for around 20 to 30 seconds to allow you to develop a deeper and longer stretch, and finally (PNF) proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation which is best done with either a qualified trainer or other relevant trained professional and can aid rehabilitation and vastly extend the range of motion and mobility, this involves holding the stretch to the point of mild discomfort for around 20 seconds then pushing past this to the next point of discomfort in a contract and relax type of stretch.



14/06/2016

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