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I was wondering if, assuming one gains lots of muscle while not stretching regularly, the process of stretching is more difficult or at least more painful after.

This isn't about the benefits of stretching, just the question if the calves, say, will be more difficult to stretch the same distance after muscle has build up.

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I'd definitely need to read the whole article to be 100% this proves bigger muscles are more resistant to stretching, but judging only from the abstract of this review ( this seems to be the case:

"...passive extensibility is influenced by the size (mass) and length of muscle fibers...resistance to passive lengthening is influenced by the readily adaptable amount of muscle tissue..."

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The quote does not imply an answer to the question. Of course, resistance to passive extension will be greater, if the muscle is stronger. But that does not mean that, for example an isometric stretching routine would be less efficient if one has more muscle mass. – BKE Mar 26 at 19:01
Additionally, the quote is taken out of context and is somewhat unrelated to the actual content of the review. – JohnP Mar 26 at 20:40

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