The KIN is IN: Stretching for Performance

Interesting read (although we’ve been teaching something similar to this for a while now – but good to have back-up research).

Pre-exercise stretching is generally unnecessary and likely counterproductive.  More appropriately – actively warm up before an exercise session.  Findings of pre-workout stretching:  

  • Muscle power generally fell by about 2% after stretching  
  • Volunteers managed 8.3% less weight after static stretching during warm-up

Conclusion: Perform a dynamic warm-up – moving the muscles to be used during the workout.

Here is a link to the full article: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2013/04/03/reasons-not-to-stretch/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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