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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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