More on stretching

February 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here’s a general framework of when you should use each type of stretch:

  • Use static stretches immediately before bed. This will not only help you relax but calm the nervous system and promotes better sleep.  One exception could be to use static stretching before lifting sessions if the primary focus of your session/training block is improving mobility, or if you need to increase extensibility in a specific muscle group (i.e. the hip flexors).
  • Use dynamic stretches pre-workout, or as part of a mobility circuit throughout the day.
  • Use EQI’s immediately post-workout, and only on muscle groups or areas that have been found to be short or too stiff in relation to adjacent segments.

via Conditioning Research: More on stretching.

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