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When stretching and flexing muscles, How much should I push my muscles and for how long before I take a few seconds break? I usualy push as far as I can, and for as much as time as I can, and only if it really hurts I stop. It can hurt even few hours later, so it's a little hint I'm doing it wrong, so I hope you could explain, how should I stretch?


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Maybe helpful to state your specific goals e.g. trying to build up flexibility to help some specific sport, or score well on a given fitness test, or prevent injuries when doing X... – Greg Mar 11 '12 at 0:49
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It depends what kind of stretching you're doing, and what kind of stretching program you're on. I recommend buying Stretching Scientifically by Tom Kurz and reading about the topic in detail.

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Thanks, but to be honest I'm not looking for reading a whole book. would you happen to know how does it work with the spine and back? I kind of need a good, quick answer that I could follow easily. – MasterMastic Mar 10 '12 at 19:02
@Ken - it isn't that simple a subject, there are so many variables that you do need to either fully research this or work with a trainer to help you identify what levels you can take stretching to – Rory Alsop Mar 10 '12 at 19:45
@RoryAlsop I see. thanks for helping me realize. – MasterMastic Mar 11 '12 at 22:13

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