Is it beneficial to stretch immediately before strength training?
I recently read that after stretching, there is less contact between the muscles actin and myosin heads, which temporarily reduces the muscles strength. I am wondering if this is true throughout the muscle's entire ROM and how long does it take for the muscle to regain it's original strength? Would stretching negatively impact a weight lifting regimen? Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Actually I just read that static stretching prior to exercise will actually turn on the defense mechanism of the muscle and it will tend to go into protection mode. which will impact the performance of that muscle group
There are plenty of articles pertaining to stretching in the IDEA Library/Article
Personally I don't "stretch" I "warm up"
I agree with the other posters that dynamic stretching is primarily used when competing in an athletic event, however, if my "weight training" was going to incorporate more 'movement-based' training techniques such as plyometrics, for example, then I would probably use and recommend the use of dynamic stretching.
I hope that this helps.
That being said, I believe that active stretching is a great warm up and pre curser to any workout.
Conclusions: The detrimental effects of static stretch are mainly limited to longer durations (≥ 60 s), which may not be typically used during preexercise routines in clinical, healthy, or athletic populations. Shorter durations of stretch (
Say for example a client runs with external rotation of the femur so that their foot hits the ground at a detrimental angle, then specifically stretching or self myofacial release of the external rotators of the femur are imperative pre-workout. Not addressing imbalances allows imbalances to become more ingrained.
If decreased power is a factor then do specific light drills immediately after releasing said muscles to reintegrate them.