Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific skeletal muscle (or muscle group) is deliberately stretched.

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Is stretching more difficult once the muscle mass is bigger?

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 ...
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Safe training regime to work towards center and front splits

I want to improve my flexiblity to be able to to center and front splits. Is there any safe exercise program to follow which will lead me to this goal? During the week I have time to stretch for 10 ...
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can i increase my height when i am 18? [duplicate]

Sir i am 18 yr old male, i wanna get taller, presently i am 5'8 inches (172 cms) can i get taller at least 5'11 (180 cms) or 6 foot please Most of my friends are 6 foot and i am the short one even ...
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Increasing ankle (dorsiflexion) mobility

I have my own method for this and I'd like either confirmation that it's an acceptable solution or a reason why it's not and better alternatives. The reason I'm framing the question like this is ...
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Why does my waist hurt during pullups?

I have started doing pullups again(after a year or 2), past 2 years I had been doing other sports such as dancing, running, pushups so I am kindof in shape. But my waist(as can be seen from the ...
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Core stability - how often and long?

I've recently taken up trail running (as an ammateur) and discovered I lack in body balance on steep sections. My legs are also prone to injuries (minor ones, but annoying). I was told that core ...
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Loosening tight muscles?

I have some extremely tight upper back muscles that seemingly no amount of stretching can loosen. What are some alternate or supplemental approaches I can take to loosen tight muscles outside of the ...
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When bending forward to touch toes, why is bad to bounce?

My yoga instructor always asks me not to bounce while trying to touch my toes. I'm not able to statically bend and touch my toes, without bending my knees. So I used to bounce up and down. But he ...
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Cramping in the soles of my feet during certain stretches

I always used to be a very flexible person. In middle school, I could do full splits straddle and front-and-back on both sides. Even into high school and college, I continued to be able to do lotus ...
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Can I increase my height after 24? [duplicate]

I am 24 years old. I am ready to do exercise and yoga too..
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How far should one stretch when doing yoga?

What is the typical threshold for how far one should stretch in, say, doing a forward bend? There are different levels of discomfort—and I know one should not stretch to the point of pain, but when ...
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How to relax the palm muscles after cycling?

I cycled 200 km. My palms are feeling a bit numb and like a mild electric shock is passed through my palms. Can anyone please suggest any relaxation exercise for my palms?
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Stretching muscles while they are engaged

I've heard a theory that it is better to stretch muscles while they are (lightly?) engaged. The reason was said to be that muscle engagement will cause the muscles themselves, rather than the tendons, ...
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Is it necessary to stretch legs after jogging if I walk before and after?

so I'm asking this because I'm out jogging every other day on a hill near my house, but to get to the hill I walk about 30 minutes and I try to walk fast (to go home I walk another 30 minutes), so I ...
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How can one improve performance on the back scratch test (zipper test)?

The Apley Scratch Test (aka zipper test, or Back Scratch Test) involves trying to touch your middle fingers behind your back, with one arm reaching back over the shoulder and the other reaching up ...
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Muscle spasm/contraction

Recently I have started a program to strengthen(and learning to activate) specific muscles relating to overpronation(abductor hallucis, flexor digitorum brevis etc.). After a few weeks I'm now able ...
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Is it necessary to stretch arms after jogging?

The title says it all, a friend told me that after jogging is necessary to stretch arms and legs, But is this true?, I don't find that the muscles of the arms work enough to need stretching.
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Would short Achilles tendons keep you from touching your toes?

I am 69 and I do stretching exercises such as touching my toes. Today I discovered that my nine year old granddaughter, who suffers with short achilles tendons, also can not bend over ... barely at ...
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How to improve baby finger's extension and flexion? How to relax it? How to stretch it?

My baby finger has not become relaxed enough due to wrong technique in tennis, too much stress on it and more here. The only moment I can feel the toughness is when I am totally relaxed like after ...
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Distinguish stretching from warming up?

I've recently started running and I'm having a hard time distinguishing warm-up from stretching exercises. I've read that I should do warm-up before running and stretch after running. Is that correct? ...
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Is it common to have one sore hangstring / IT band?

I've been running for years and only my left IT band has been sore lately. No recent injuries (rolled my last ankle something good 7 months ago) and haven't added any additional mileage lately. I ...
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Stretches/exercises to sit cross legged

I'm a reasonably fit male with an athletic background, but can't sit cross-legged. Whenever I do, my knees stay really high and I have to really bend my ankles to get into the position at all. When I ...
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when to stretch to help building muscle?

When is best to do stretching exercises in order to help building up muscle? Any times one should avoid or concentrate on?
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Stretch glute without injuring knee

I have tight glutes and have been stretching using several poses, mainly pretzel and figure 4. However I have been getting pain in the outside of my knees doing these stretches. How can I stretch my ...
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Does stretching muscles help build / tone them?

Does stretching muscles (both right after a workout but also very much throughout the day afterwards, when you still often feel they could do with a good stretch), actually play a role in helping to ...
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Improving breathing in a deeply bent leg situation (diaphragm compression?)

I don't know if this is something idiosyncratic or just something that everyone deals with, but I have a difficult time breathing when my diaphragm is compressed, such as when I'm crouching (which ...
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How do I stretch the shin muscles?

I have read an answer here suggesting that two muscles be stretched to avoid shin tightening. I don't know how that works. How do I correctly stretch these muscles to avoid shin tightening?
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Exercises for stiffened shoulder?

I kayaked last week and found out that I can't do a normal stroke on the left side. Exercising on dry land showed that I have some stiffness and pain when I do the paddling movement, which includes ...
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touching toes without bending knees exercises

i've never been able to touch my toes without bending my knees. from the research that i've done, i believe that improved flexibility in the hamstrings and lower back is the best way to reach this ...
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How can I loosen stiff piriformis and iliopsoas using a myofascial release technique without dry needling?

Due to flat feet and leg length asymmetry I have , my right piriformis and iliopsoas is almost always stiff. I discovered this issue at an age of 29 and the issue is being solved by foot insoles which ...
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How can I build up the flexibility to do a ballet wide plie?

I can put my legs in the position for a ballet wide plie, but when I'm squatting up and down in that position in the context of a fast-paced Zumba-like dance class, I feel like my hips are going to ...
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Do you need streching after bodyweight workouts?

Following a couple of stellar reviews, I decided to end a period of indecisiveness, got myself You Are Your Own Gym, read through the explainy part and started the Basic Program. I wonder why YAYOG ...
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Stretches to make my wrist more flexible

I Recently punched someone and now my right wrist is not as flexible as the left one. I can bend it t around 45 degrees but then it becomes painful so i have to stop. I need to make it more flexible ...
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Help understand chronic tightness behind knees

I work at a desk 10 hours per day. I'm also 45 years old. Not suprisingly, the backs if my legs are chronically tight. What seems unusual is that when exercising or stretching I always feel the ...
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Fingers for intensive sports requiring hands a lot? Recoving from ulnar claw?

[Update] Thanks to the answer, I acknowledge now that I am heading towards "ulnar nerve entrapment" where one injury is Ulnar claw -- more common with males particularly training in gym with large ...
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Warm up streches with diagnosed hypermobility of joints

I have been told to have hypermobility of joints and I'm not comfortable with the idea of doing any kind of stretches unless it is about stretching a tight muscle after a workout. My joints tend to ...
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What lower back muscle or tendon is located near the inside of the iliac crest and helps rotate the femur?

I can feel twin bumps on either side of my lower spine which I believe are protrusions from the iliac crest -- approximately where the erector spinae appear to originate. I can generate pain in this ...
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I want to incorporate barbell front squats into my workouts, does anyone have good tips for doing it correctly?

I wanted to try using front squats in my workouts. They always seemed technically tough to me and a bit intimidating, does anyone have good tips on how to perform them properly? For front squats, I ...
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what are some great foot stretching exercises

I've just walked a couple of miles on a hike and my feet are really sore. I'm wondering if there were any good feet stretching exercises that I could do without any specialized exercise equipment. ...
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Does cycling tighten hamstrings?

I've always been unable to touch my toes. This is becoming increasingly problematic for my yoga. Of course focusing on stretching my hamstrings helps and I'm making progress but I'm concerned that my ...
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How to safely approach the lotus position for someone with tight hips?

I've got serious leg flexibility problems and have some lateral knee clicking and knee pain and tendonitis. Basically too much driving and cycling with no stretching i think. If I try and get into ...
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Why do I lose the flexibility gained from stretching?

Every time I stretch for a few minutes, I seem to be more flexible than before. But, after a few hours of resting, the flexibility gained seems to be lost again and my flexibility is back where I ...
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Can aerobics make you grow taller?

I am 15 and will turn 16 in two months. I am 5'2" and I'm much shorter than all of the relatives. However everyone on my paternal side is about my height or shorter. My mum is 5'4" and my Dad is 5'7". ...
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Is this a good at-home exercise routine for a beginner?

I was recently handed this book on stretching exercises by my friend. It has a set of exercises that one is supposed to do daily; starting with 7 repetitions and gradually increasing to 9, 11 and so ...
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Arm cross stretching behind the back, how to improve it?

My goal is to improve the flexibility in arms: I want to get symmetric flexibility to the right and left. I am right-handed in writing but left-handed in most club games. The right side is becoming ...
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how to train for sit and reach?

One of my physical fitness test is called sit and reach. What are the best methods to train for this "exercise"? Yes, I do agree that it requires flexibility. However, I heard of different methods ...
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Increase range of movement in Shoulders

What can I do to increase the range of movement in my shoulders (in any or all directions)? Is it even possible to significantly increase the range of movement in young adulthood? And what sorts of ...
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Stretching biceps muscle

I train Olympic weightlifting (clean&jerk, snatch) as an amateur. For competitions and to be able to do the exercises properly, I need to be able to stretch my arms while they are overhead holding ...
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What sort of stretching routines, if any, should be included in the Starting Strength program?

It seems like the Starting Strength program lacks any sort of stretching routines. Should any form of stretching be done after the workouts or on your off days? Or is it completely unnecessary for the ...
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Hamstrings and running intervals

I've started doing some running intervals/speedwork and notice that my hamstrings get pretty sore afterwards. I do some off-day stretching, although I probably could do more. Should I push ahead and ...