Why is this still an issue in the fitness industry? Stretching what? muscle, connective tissue? I still wonder how many FT’s know why a muscle has tension and what happens to a muscle and its connective tissue when you “stretch” it? Did your certification include a study on Neurology? Love to hear your opinion?
NASM is a mainstream certification that does a pretty good job of letting you know when to stretch. I don’t have the cert, but bought the book for $40 on Amazon and read it. It looks like MELT is really good, but pretty in depth. The reason why you don’t get easy, clear answers is because there’s still a lot of research to be done. My 2 quick tips regarding stretching are: 1) stretch the antagonist muscle before an exercise 2) stretch chronically tight muscles (not just tight because you just exercised them).