>>31967464 I don't know man, staying flexible is probably important that one picture always reminds me that I should stay flexible this girl is head down in a big tube full of water and if she was flexible enough she would have been able to flip around and keep her head up but she wasn't so she drowned
I'll spoon feed you a small bit: stretching+foam rolling post workout relaxes the tightness in your muscles allowing them to recover better, i.e. it contributes to muscle growth now go read the rest you faggot
>>31968065 It can hurt to have more mobility. Going past the natural range of motion in an exercise you're overloading on can hurt you pretty badly. If you don't have good mobility to begin with, stretching can help.. but getting yourself extra limber past optimal range of motion can be risky. If you're never overloading, you probably won't tear anything, but lifting heavy (with good form) is lifting efficiently.
>>31968344 I didn't mean or say when exercising, of course you should always work out in a safe range, but stretching helps with mobility when not exercising. You move more freely and feel better overall when you stretch after a workout
>>31967414 Warm up? Yes, always. If you don't then you increase your risk of injury, especially if you're lifting heavy.
Stretching? Never *before* lifting, but always *after* lifting, and every day, too. Same reason: If you don't, you increase your risk of injury, in this case due to poor flexibility. I see poor flexibility all the time at the gym, especially in guys trying to do squats. If, without the bar, you can't squat all the way down to rest on your heels, then your flexibility is poor and needs to be addressed.
>>31968344 >It can hurt to have more mobility That's got to be one of the most ill-informed things I've ever heard.
When doing ANY exercise in the gym, CONTROL is paramount if you're going to avoid injury. Having better flexibility is NOT going to increase your chances of hyperextending something and getting injured, not unless you're just flailing the weights around like someone with Parkinson's, or trying way too hard to lift way too much weight (i.e. not ready for it). I don't know where you got this idea but I'm telling you: it's wrong. There are nothing but benefits to increasing your flexbility.
>>31967414 Just do the movements of your next exercise before hand to get your body into the grove, this should get out any kinks. I also cheat by doing minimum warmups so that i can put all my strength into the workout.
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