top
21Day Fix Series Real Time Workouts
Get Free Online Coaching from Coach Rich Dafter
21 Day Fix Sample Real Time Workout

Free 21 Day Fix Sample Workout

Free Coaching

Best Deal

Save $50-$115.00

Free Coaching

Stream Workouts

Superfood Nutrition

Diet & Weight Loss

Shop Fitness

Shop Health

Shop Running

Shop Polar

Visit My Blog

Contact

Home

Knowledge Base

5 Top Reasons For Not Stretching Before Workouts

by Owen Anderson - from Running Research News

Many runners stretch before their workouts, but scientific research tells us that there are five key reasons NOT to carry out static stretches before you head out for a run:

(1) A muscle which has been passively stretched is weaker, not stronger, than a muscle which has not been passively extended.

(2) Muscles which have been statically stretched are much more easily damaged, compared with muscles which have not been stretched.

(3) There is no solid evidence that passive stretching during a warm-up decreases the risk of injury or heightens performance during an ensuing workout or competition.

(4) Static stretching may indeed increase passive range of motion at key joints, but there is some evidence to suggest that augmentation of such range of motion may actually spike the risk of getting hurt.

(5) A study carried out at the University of Hawaii-Manoa linked pre-workout stretching with a 33-percent higher risk of injury in male marathon runners.

If stretching before workouts and competitions is not a good idea, what should your warm-ups be like? Well, they should include drills (click here for some great technique drills) to heighten DYNAMIC range of motion at joints and to fully prepare your neuromuscular system for the activities which are to follow. Such drills should also warm up muscles and enhance the ability of muscles to withstand quick lengthenings, so they are less likely to be injured if you turn on some heat during your effort. Passive stretching can be saved for the post-workout or post- competitive time frame, when stretching will help ease your muscles into the quiescent activities which are to follow.

For more information about stretching and optimal warm-ups, please see Volume 19-2 (March 2003)of Running Research News, which will be available shortly - or else contact us at info@rrnews.com

Complete Book of Stretching
Click here for the Complete Book of Stretching

back to top

Offers and Opportunities

Save Between $50.00 and $200.00 with a Fitness and Nutrition Bundle
Team Beachbody Challenge Packs

Save $12.00 on Superfood Dense Shakeology on Home Direct with $2.00 Shipping!
Superfood Dense Shakeology

Find out How to Lose Weight Without Exercise with 2B Mindset
Bethany's 2B Mindset Results

Join My Team and Get Complete Support Running Your Own Fitness and Health Business
Become a Team Beachbody Coach

Sign Up for Your Best Deal on Beachbody On Demand Streaming Workouts or Get the 14 Day Free Trial
Beachbody On Demand 14 Day Free Trial

On
Facebook
On
Twitter
On
Instagram
Team Howtobefit on Facebook Team Howtobefit on Twitter Team Beachbody Coach Rich Dafter on Instagram

Team Beachbody Coach Rich Dafter

Hi, I'm Rich Dafter - full time dad, life-long runner, Team Beachbody Coach and Polar Global Ambassador. By the Grace of God, I have been able to raise my kids working from home by helping people get healthier, fitter and have better quality of life as a full-time Team Beachbody Coach since 2007. more...

Family owned and operated since 1995
Top      

The goal of Team Beachbody is to provide you with solutions to reach your health and fitness goals.
Click here to learn more about Team Beachbody Coach Rich Dafter.


© 2019 Howtobefit.com  -  About   -  Contact  -  Join My Team  -  Coach Earnings Statement  -  Site Map  -  Shop -  Home