To Stretch or not to Stretch

Since the early 1980s, stretching has been promoted as a method to prevent injury and improve athletic performance. Although research suggests that this may be true for regular stretching performed every day, an isolated act of stretching immediately before exercise likely has no effect on injury prevention and actually impairs performance in strength and power sports. This article highlights our current understanding of the effects of stretching both immediately before exercise and as a regular daily routine, and then illustrates how to apply these principles in a practice setting, using brief clinical vignettes.

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  1. You wrote in one of your earlier articles: "Another misconception is targeted weight training. A lot of guys will work arms and chest one day, while working back and shoulders another. Although this is great if your goal is to build mass, but not if your goal is to lose weight. If your goal is fatlosss, training every body-part with equal intensity coupled with aerobic/cardio training remains the most effective means of losing fat. On weight training days, I do not focus on only one area per workout. All of my weight training days consists of a full-body workout."Would you kindly explain in more detail why doing weight training consisting a full body workout 2-3 days a week is better than targeting certain areas of the body. But what if I did weight training 6 days a week, targeting different areas? And isn\’t building more muscle mass akin to losing weight? Since building more muscle will increase your metabolic rate.

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