Static Stretching-Good or Bad?
Mike T. Nelson, an all around smart dude – RKC, Z-Health and PhD candidate, posted this study on his blog a while ago and I’m just getting around to putting it up.
It is just another study that states the benefits of a thorough, dynamic warm-up over static stretching in preparation for a strength training workout.
Key Points from Mike’s Post:
- static stretching relaxes the muscles
- a dynamic warm-up excites (CNS) the muscles
- static stretching weakens the muscles, at least temporarily
- a dynamic warm-up activates and increasing the core and soft-tissue temperature
Static stretching does have its benefits and can be done more frequently (and cycled in to the workout) if there is a glaring and overwhelming flexibility issue. But the better choice if you are looking for better, more fluid movement and to make sure you are “ready to go” when the workout begins – is dynamic, multi-directional / planar and full range movements.