Stretching is B.S.

If you’re a committed weight trainer, chances are you’re either stretching a lot already or think you should be stretching more. Historically, stretching has been considered one of those “does no wrong” activities, one that’s been largely overlooked by virtually everyone outside of a yoga studio.

But over the last two decades or so, people have started to figure out that stretching isn’t quite the holy grail of healthy training. We’ve learned that stretching should be implemented strategically and not just at any time, that different stretching modalities like static, dynamic, and PNF stretching have different effects, and that using the wrong type of stretch can do more harm than good.

In summary, we’ve come to realize that stretching is limited in its use, and is not the panacea that every perky girl in form fitting yoga pants would have us believe. And with that, I’m here to deliver the coup de grâce.

Read the full article on SimplyShredded.

Or read the original article on T-Nation.

10 Comments

  1. Dale Dykes says:

    Menno –
    Very much enjoyed the article and offered supportive comments on T-Nation. Question: have you written anything  more specific regarding warmup principles ?
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    • Menno Henselmans says:

      No, I haven’t. The warm-ups I prescribe depend on too many individual factors, like the subsequent training, the person’s flexibility and his lifestyle to make a general article about it.

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  3. Very interesting, what are your opinions on Self Myofascial Release?

    • Menno Henselmans says:

      Ah, yes. I’ll write an article about that sometime as well. In short, I’m very sceptical and I think it’s generally not needed. However, I do think soft tissue can become ‘restricted’ in ways that can be ameliorated by myofascial release (based on anecdotes).

  4. Mitch says:

    Nice article.

  5. Junior says:

    Are there any advantages to front squatting with a clean grip instead of the crossed arm grip?

  6. Etienne Sdicu says:

    I’ve just read the full article and I am now confused as to what would be the right way to increase ROM for martial arts. For example, high kicks. Most schools would do static stretches followed by active stretches before trainings, but I suppose they’re following customs rather than science.

    • If you want to kick higher, the most important factors are likely just kicking (ballistic stretching, in nature) and full ROM strength training, but static stretching can definitely help in this case.

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