Training and nutrition advice
"But, but, but, so and so said this because of this and blah blah blah....!!!!"
Don't care. It's another fitness myth.
Now, perhaps there IS someone out there who would cause more harm than good if they static stretch prior to lifting. I have not met somebody like this.
Alan Thrall put out a video where he talks about how this myth came into being. Basically, a study was done where athletes stretched their hamstrings, then went to squat really heavy. There was a small percentage drop in strength. SMALL percentage, and it was RIGHT AFTER stretching.
Who the hell goes to lift their heavy stuff DIRECTLY after a stretch? Pretty sure that answer is NOBODY.
Let's say you decide to do some static stretching before you start lifting. You should still do your warm-up sets to work up to your working weight for the day. Those warm-up sets will put PLENTY of time in between your stretching and your working set. PLENTY!!!
If you're really tight before you workout, some static stretching might be very beneficial for you. I like to do more dynamic stretching vs static stretching. That's just what I like. It doesn't mean everyone has to do that.
Some people report feeling really good, and better prepared for a day of heavy lifting by static stretching before their workout. They feel BETTER if they stretch instead of not stretching.
So, bottom line, if you like to stretch prior to a workout and it makes you feel better, keep doing it. If yoga people can static stretch "cold muscles" when they begin their training, weight lifters will probably be just fine too.
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