Why Stretching Is Crucial Mid-Workout While Training For Muscle Growth
athletes to bodybuilders, the act of stretching is pretty common. It’s like a
regular drill. Since it’s religiously practiced by pro-sportsmen, there must be
some logic behind stretching. In this article, we have broken down the basics of
stretching for you.
What is Stretching?
Stretching is performed to give a signal to the muscles that it needs to prepare itself for the trauma that you going to subject your body to in the form of training. The first thing to remember before performing any stretching moves is that your body should be warmed up prior to the activity. If you stretch without warming up, you may end up injuring yourself. This is because cold muscles are prone to injuries if stretched beyond a point.
Benefits of Stretching
Stretching makes you feel more relaxed, prepares your body for strenuous exercise, preventing joint strains, reduces muscle soreness, promotes blood circulation, prevents muscular injuries, increases the range of motion and makes your body more flexible, in general.
Types of Stretching
Stretching is made up of two types of activities- static and dynamic. Static stretches are where you hold your limbs in a stretched out position for around 30 to 60 seconds. Dynamic stretches are where you keep your body in motion while performing the stretch as it helps in elevating body temperature as well. Static stretching should never be done before a workout as it may hinder your workout performance and even lead to injuries. The best protocol to follow is to perform dynamic stretching after warming up and performing static stretching after your workout.
How To Make Use Of Static Stretching During Mid-Workout?
Static stretching can be used mid-workout, especially when you are weight training for hypertrophy. For example, if you are training the pectoral muscles and after performing a few sets of bench press, your triceps feel over pumped. This pump sometimes makes it difficult to perform more sets. In this case, you can perform a static stretch for your triceps to reduce the muscle involvement and to reduce the blood flow to that muscle.
Stretching Should Not Be Painful
For some people, everything that has to do with exercise involves pain. But this does not hold true for stretching. You should never stretch your muscles to a point where it starts hurting you. There will be a little discomfort, which is okay, but to stretch it to a point where it starts hurting, you are inviting injuries.
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