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Should You Stretch Before A Workout?



Short answer, yes and no.



Yes for active stretching, no for static stretching.



The reason you don’t want to do static stretching (where you hold a stretch for 30 seconds or more) prior to a warm up, is because this sends a signal to the central nervous system to relax the muscles.


When your muscles are in a relaxed state, you are more prone to getting injured as you will have less control during the lift.




Before A Workout


Before a workout, it's best to do active stretching/mobility. This is where you are controlling the movement through a range of motion. This helps to prepare the body for movement while increasing the range of motion and blood flow to the muscles.




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