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Pre-Exercise Stretching Is Killing Your Workout

October 11, 2010
hamstring sea stretch

I gave up stretching before my workouts years ago, but I know there’s a lot of conflicting information out there on whether or not pre-stretching reduces injuries or compromises maximal power output. Here’s another one to add to the mix:

Seems that most everything your high school gym teacher told you is wrong. Well, at least when it comes to all that start-of-the-class stretching.

A recent spate of studies shows that when it comes to warming up before exercising, phys ed instructors didn’t do us any favors by having us to go through a series of calf extensions, hurdler’s stretches and the like.

The latest salvo against stretching comes from a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, which found that static stretching before a workout lowered runners’ endurance and made their body less efficient. While previous studies have illustrated the effects of stretching on anaerobic activities, this was the first one to show the effects on runners.

Read More at Wired.

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  1. October 11, 2010 5:08 pm

    Yes, the research coming out lately about stretching is amazing. I especially recommend you read this article by Len Kravitz if you want to know about all the various types of stretching: http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/stretching-research-retrospective.
    Thanks for posting this excellent article.

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