To stretch or not to stretch?
Static stretch PRE-workout is somewhat antiquated as more has been learned about the physiological effects of the stretch and hold technique. (Check out our article from way back on further insight into what happens to the body when we do stretch.) It is more of a routine or habit based practice at this point; something that was done for years, so it is now fitness gospel.
However, we need to remember to continue to question everything. Even something as arbitrary as stretching. Be open to unlearning in order to experience relearning and a functional evolution.
The “dynamic stretch” or “warm-up” is the better suited pre-performance activity. But try to resist the temptation to mindlessly go through the motion here as well. This activity can be performed as a barometer to your starting point and potential short comings (and thus an area to work on); as well as a solid hip-flexor elongating, glute engaging & cerebellum (balance & muscle coordination) activating “dynamic stretch” to implement.
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