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Postby Konstantin » Fri May 18, 2012 4:25 pm

Do you stretch? I've started to do so because:

a) I'm building muscle and losing even more flexibility

b) Otherwise I'm struggling to comfortably get into the squat.

I do hamstrings, abductors and hips. I also try to do a bit on my arms and shoulders. What do you do?
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Re: Stretching

Postby Mellos » Fri May 18, 2012 5:28 pm

My flexibility never decreased, so I don´t see the need to stretch in general.
I do however need more flexibility in the hips and shoulders for ultra-wide sumo squatting and Olympic lifting, so I´ll incorporate some mobility work for the hips (which doesn´t stretch the muscles and can be done before training without decreasing your strength for the day) and maybe a stretch or two after shoulder/pec work.
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Re: Stretching

Postby Goob » Fri May 18, 2012 5:56 pm

I do triceps, shoulder, pec, lat, and wrist stretches pretty much daily because I have a lot of upper body tightness and a history of getting tendinitis in my wrists. Other than that, I stretch my hamstrings and ankles sometimes.
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Re: Stretching

Postby thestoatyone » Fri May 18, 2012 10:35 pm

I do an office job, so I make an effort to stretch my hip flexors before lifting. Other than that, just what is needed to get into position, along with mobility work.
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Re: Stretching

Postby blinki » Sat May 19, 2012 9:24 pm

I didn't but I started to get less flexible. It never really got in the way of lifting but I have odd dyspraxic walking issues some days and as my hamstrings got tighter I started to get more days were it took longer for it to not be stuff/sore feeling. I'll sometimes stretch after a work out but mostly I do on off days.
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Postby Catt Queen » Sun May 20, 2012 7:36 am

I'm trying to get into the routine of yoga each morning and evening to improve my general flexibility. Don't tend to stretch when lifting as I normally have just 30 mins to do it in.

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Re: Stretching

Postby Lordmuppet » Sun May 20, 2012 8:21 am

you have a coach right? what is he saying?
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