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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
@Kneel-Before-ZOD - We are :) I was just talking about the "bulkier you are" perception. I believe Ron Coleman used to do the splits on stage as part of his posing routine. –  JohnP Jul 21 '14 at 22:55

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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 (http://www.clinbiomech.com/article/S0268-0033(00)00061-9/abstract) 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 4 hours ago
Additionally, the quote is taken out of context and is somewhat unrelated to the actual content of the review. –  JohnP 3 hours ago

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