Research has supported this. If you don’t believe it do 10 push ups right now no stretching. Then stretch you pectoral muscles out with a static stretch for 30 seconds on each side then do push ups. You will feel what I’m talking about.
What is one to do then? The answer is dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching is when one lightly increases the range of motion in a given joint and or joints through movement rather than staying in one place and holding the stretch.
When you engage in a static stretch you activate certain neuro receptors in the muscles that actually relax the muscle and cause it to lengthen, neither of which are beneficial to one who is about to go perform in an athletic setting. A relaxed lengthened muscle will not be able exude the same amount of power and strength as a muscle that has been properly … Read the rest