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.