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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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What do you think? :) –  Kneel-Before-ZOD Jul 21 '14 at 19:09
@Kneel-Before-ZOD: I'm 50/50. The muscle thing is thicker, but maybe the force different to stretch the whole thing doesn't matter so much to feel the pain, rather only the extend to which the fibers are stretched. –  NikolajK Jul 21 '14 at 19:36
From experience, how flexibility do you see most bodybuilders have? On the other hand, how much muscles do you see gymnasts have? Anecdotally, the bulkier you are, the less flexible you'll be (unless you actively engage in flexibility exercises). I'm not sure if actual science supports that or not. –  Kneel-Before-ZOD Jul 21 '14 at 20:15
@Kneel-Before-ZOD - It doesn't. Many bodybuilders are not flexible because they don't work at it. And while gymnasts are not as bulky, their functional strength is often greater than bodybuilders. –  JohnP Jul 21 '14 at 21:07
@JohnP Let me rephrase my comment. Muscle building exercise regimens that do not incorporate stretching or flexibility exercises will result in more inflexibility. So, it seems we're saying something similar. –  Kneel-Before-ZOD Jul 21 '14 at 22:52

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