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Questions tagged [stretching]

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

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Gluteus Medius doesn't feel like it is doing the work?

I'm currently trying to train my gluteus medius in order to provide a more stable stance while squatting. My knees feel kind of wobbly while doing such motions and I read that this would help. To ...
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Starting to Run in Threadmill

I decided to start with running since there's a treadmill in our house. I have very low stamina, that's why I have decided to start running. I have no exercise since I was born. I am 5 feet and 9 ...
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Is stretching after bodybuilding workout advised?

I heard many things about stretching but recently, I had 2 different (and opposite) advices about it. Both were from certified trainers. One said that, after your workout, whatever your workout was, ...
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advice for male turning 40+

I've been weight and martial art training for a few years now, on and off. Having turned 40 recently, and over the years noticing changes like longer recovery times etc, I was wondering if there are ...
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Stretching full body after upper body workout?

I include stretching into every workout - after the workout itself. Since I'm doing an upper-body (Upper Back, Chest, Shoulders) lower-body (Legs, Lower Back, Belly) split I got to a question, which I ...
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Relieve muscle tension between the shoulder blades

I got some pain between the shoulder blade and spinal for a week now. It's not really a strong pain, but it really bothers me over time. My doctor did feel my muscles there and said its a muscle ...
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What is the difference between static stretching vs strengthening the antagonistic muscle?

I was trying to learn more about healthy ways to deal with injuries and I think from this video by Athlean-X and this one from Mike they seem to imply that one should basically never statictically ...
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Can I use hip adductor machine to stretch legs for splits?

I'm using a hip adductor machine to stretch my legs for splits. I set the angle selector to 3rd position from maximum, set weight to 65kg, and allow it to apply pressure to stretch my legs for 2 ...
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post stretching tightness in posterior leg muscles

I'm a 28yo female, very physically active (circus arts, martial arts, cycling, yoga), and have been for my entire life. I have partial hyperflexibility (arms, lower back, toes), and have been working ...
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Steel hamstrings

My hamstrings have always been incredibly tight. Since I have memories, never been able to raise a straight leg at more than 30-45° from the ground. Can't do any L-sit,leg raises, romenian deadlift ...
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Are mobility exercises treating the symptom instead of the cause?

I have just started barbell training following the stronglifts 5x5 program. Since I am having some problems with the squat I am taking some lessons from a personal trainer. In the first session he ...
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Passive stretching of hip flexors and quads

So years of IT job have seriously tightened my hip flexors and quads, leading to anterior pelvic tilt. I do stretch and do resistance training, but was thinking about changing the way I sit or work to ...
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The science of flexibility

Background I have been trying to find more scientific approaches to flexibility. Even here, most answers don't link to studies or cite papers. It seems there is a lot of "this is what I have been ...
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Which stretches should one do every day to reverse efects of sitting at work?

I follow the starting strength weight training program. One thing I like about it is that it consists of few (4) but effective exercises. In general there seems to be some sort of consensus as to ...
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Lower back rounding

Strengthening and building a muscle optimally requires the muscle to be stretched against resistance then contracted. Then why is it band to round the lower back,shouldn't it strengthen the spinal ...
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Flexibility training - short & intense vs. long & light

I'd like to know which approach is the best (i.e. the most efficient) when it comes to stretching and getting more flexible: Intense exersices (juste below one's pain threshold) for a short duration (...
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When to Stretch and Foam Roll

Should I stretch or foam roll after the workout or only when I feel soreness in my muscles. Plz help
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I can't figure out which muscle is weakest/tight

So I'm a female, age 26, height about 5'5', weight about 116-119 pounds, no medical conditions, no medication, was active in sports and regular exercise from age 11-16. I have a few problems which ...
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Should I fix my tight muscles before beginning a weight lifting program?

My muscles are tight from working at the computer. If I shrug my shoulders back, there are muscles popping around in the back. If I move my arms up and back, my sternum area pops. Things are very ...
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Does static stretching long term improve exercise performance for trained athletes?

While looking for research on a slightly different subject, I came across this study, which shows a fairly significant amount of improvement in untrained individuals engaging in a chronic (long term) ...
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Stretch to Improve Arm Closing Flexibility

I'm noticing as I build muscle that it's harder for me to close my arm all the way -- the motion you would use to touch your fist to your shoulder. I've noticed little things so far: it's harder to ...
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Asymmetry in cross body shoulder stretch

I have recently noticed that I have a huge asymmetry in the cross body shoulder stretch. In particular, when stretching the left arm, I can push it to be almost parallel, to my body, while with my ...
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Should everyone be able to touch their elbows to their torso?

I'm male, with a large build. I have a barrel chest and a somewhat triangular upper body. I also lift weights. I'm not totally sure that I could tuck my elbows into the side of my torso before I ...
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Stretches for Lifts

Is there a good reference that I could use to pair stretches with weight lifts? I'm never sure which stretches to use to counter any flexibility losses for a particular lift. To give a concrete ...
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I can't touch my butt with my heel

I'm having a long existencial issue with touching my heel with my butt as part of stretching, I see most people can do it, why can't I? I can't even squat well! I'm afraid of over stretching the ...
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Which pose/stretch is this?

The one on the bottom right - I often have upper back pain and it seemed interesting!
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Sit on the floor makes low back round

I want to sit on the floor but it causes my low back to round. I can feel the vertebrae sticking out and it's fully rounded. I can't straighten it because it feels like my hamstrings are too tight to ...
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What stretches are useful before riding a recumbent trike?

I have a recumbent trike. Basically you sit back in a comfortable chair, pedal with your legs, and steer using the bars on either side. It uses different muscles from a regular bike, as one does not ...
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When stretching my forearm extensors, should I clench my fist?

I stretch my forearm extensors as follows: Sometimes I use a bed/chair/etc. instead of using my other arm to perform the stretch, e.g.: Should I clench my fist when doing such stretches? If so, ...
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Benefits of stretching if you don't care about flexibility

I don't care about being flexible. I can touch my toes fine because I did a lot of stretching as a kid, I feel like I am naturally flexible. I am definitely not 'tight'. I also think stretching is ...
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Stretching after workout

I had a great weight loss (46lbs!) mainly focusing on a life style change. I have recently started a fight fit class which involves kicking and punching a bag and some cardio for 45 minutes. A great ...
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Should you massage then stretch or stretch then massage your muscles?

When you're doing both, should you use a roller to massage your muscles first, stretch first, or does it not matter? My routine includes trying to do this twice a day which includes after running, ...
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Can stretching add symmetry to the abs or make legs slimmer and reduce muscle pain after workouts?

I have been doing fitness and bodybuilding for years and have heard people talk about the "amazing" effects of stretching. I would like to know if they are true and based on any scientific facts. ...
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Can only squat extremely narrow

I'm having a lot of trouble working on my (high-bar) squat. The only way I'm able to squat to proper depth right now is with a hip wide stance, with toes pointed out very far (45 degree or even more). ...
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Uneven back flexibility?

I am relatively flexible in general (ie able to do a backbend), and when I'm doing a split with my right leg in front I can bend backwards and touch my head to my thigh pretty easily. I cannot do the ...
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Hip pain when doing butterfly stretch [closed]

I experience a pretty intense tightness/pain doing the lying butterfly/groin stretch, in my right hip joint area. It almost feels like the joint is locking up. Doing this stretch when sitting is not ...
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Is it important to get a massage? Or is yoga is better? [closed]

I have been going to the gym for almost 6 months and have never once had a massage. I do yoga for relaxation and stretching. I don't like getting massages. Is this good for my body and its growth?
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If I feel muscle soreness the day after stretching, am I over stretching?

I am trying to increase the range of motion in my legs. I do many different static and dynamic stretches, 5 times a week. The next day I often feel mild soreness similar to DOMS. Is this a sign that ...
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In need of calf stretch ideas for someone with minimal use of legs?

I have just started walking a little bit again with the help of crutches and braces after 5 years in a wheelchair but my calfs and knees are extremely tight and hurt after just a few minutes of ...
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Stretching and pain perception, when to stop?

I have a problem to assess when it's ok to stop during a stretching exercise. My pain tolerance is pretty high and some people say you have to stop the moment you start to feel pain/discomfort ( stop ...
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Can we do Dynamic/Static stretch on Rest Days

I have to rest from exercise at least once a week. Maybe twice, but hope to make it just once a week. Can we do dynamic / static stretch those days. Especially if we have have joint stiffness, i.e ...
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When to begin Couch to 5K Program

When to begin Couch to 5K Program. I can do 108 Surya Namaskar in one sitting (takes an hour). And I can stationary bike 15 minutes at a time. However, I have left tight hip for past 2+ weeks. I ...
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Is Surya Namaskar Considered Dynamic Stretching

They say do Dynamic Stretching before run. Will train for Couch to 5K. Is Surya Namaskar considered Dynamic Stretching? Or are there other Dynamic Stretches to do in addition to Surya Namaskar?
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Tense neck muscles [closed]

Background: I work as a programmer, so I probably have a few posture related issues. I try to sit back as much as possible and relax shoulders and head, which has helped in getting rid of most of my ...
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Are there stretches/exercise/yoga movements for tight jaws/neck?

I have recently attempted to get going with my speed-walking routine but I get a lot of neck/jaw pain. I have bruxism and usually wake up with real tense jaws/neck (despite wearing nightguards and ...
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Will tight muscles stop you from becoming stronger or cause injuries?

Between workouts I tend to be a little lazy about stretching, so I'm wondering if I'm hurting myself or my performance by not stretching much between workouts. Any one of these more specific ...
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Improve ankle dorsiflexion for full squat

I've been trying to do a full squat, heels on the ground, for a while. It's become apparent that my ankle dorsiflexion is the weak link in the chain - my hip mobility is good, thigh strength OK, back ...
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Grid vs. flat foam rollers

What are the pros and cons of using a grid vs. flat foam roller? Example of a flat foam roller: Example of a grid foam roller:
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How to quickly improve flexibility

So I am a boy scout, and for one merit badge we have to make some fitness improvements. I followed the plans we had to make practiced and such, but throughout the twelve week program, I didn't manage ...
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Skateboarding After Thirty

I'm a 33 year old male that has recently taken up skateboarding for the physical and mental health benefits. For the first few weeks I became cardiovascularly and respitorially fatigued before ...