Archive for the ‘Flexibility’ Category

What is Dynamic Stretching?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Before we really get into dynamic stretching, you can take a minute to learn more about flexibility training.

Dynamic stretching uses momentum and an exaggerated range of motion to warm up muscles for subsequent exercise. The main caveat of dynamic stretching is that the stretch position is not held, as it is with static stretching.

Woman Dynamic Stretching
Dynamic Stretching

Dynamic stretching involves moving parts of your body and gradually increasing reach, speed of movement, or both. This is not to be confused with ballistic stretching, which can be dangerous.

Note: dynamic stretching should ALWAYS be preformed AFTER a medium intensity 5 minute warm up consisting of jogging, jumping jacks, or jumping rope.

Never begin any kind of stretching session cold. Warm up to stretch, but NEVER stretch to warm up.

Let’s figure out how, why, when, and where to use dynamic stretching.


What is Flexibility Training?

Monday, September 21st, 2009
Flexible Woman
Flexible Woman

How to Stretch for Strength

Flexibility training is one of the most under-utilized and under-appreciated components of fitness.

Stretching has been under constant scrutiny from fitness experts who question the role of flexibility in injury prevention. Despite the debate, athletes can enhance recovery and performance from a stretching regime, and in my opinion the right kind of stretching used at the right time definitely helps to prevent injury.

Most any powerful sports movement you can think of, can benefit from flexibility. From a football punt, to sprints, to swimming, to a tennis back swing, all intense moves need prior warm up and can often generate more power with an increased range of motion (ROM).

The simplest way to stretch for strength is to use dynamic stretching drills before exercise and modified static stretching drills after exercise. It is actually much more complex than that, so keep reading to find out more.