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Passive work out?

Your problem A passive way of working out sounds like a paradox. If you want to become stronger, you need to exert your muscles. And exertion of the muscles is an "activity", which is an antonym to "...
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My trainer insists on stretching before any exercise, even warming up. Should I be worried?

First off, ask your trainer how many athletes he or she has trained that have won national, regional, or international titles. Personally, my belief is that unless you have trained someone that's made ...
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Should I stretch every day?

I know that it's not effective to train the same muscle group every day because the muscle needs time to recover. Indeed, the key parameter here is that training the muscle essentially involves ...
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Stretching while cold, with no intent to exercise: any benefit?

Here's something that might help a bit. From a 2009 study: The purpose of the present study was to investigate the long-term effects of two different stretching techniques on the range of motion ...
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Distinguish stretching from warming up?

I've read that I should do warm-up before running and stretch after running. Is that correct? Yes. Do that. Warm up by running slowly and gradually increasing the pace, or with dynamic stretching ...
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Passive work out?

Assuming you have no physical limitations, your problem seems to be a lack of motivation. Rather than doing things you don’t like, you should find an activity that can keep your interest for a ...
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Stretching for weightlifting

Stretching is not beneficial to weightlifting or strength training, unless a lack of flexibility prevents you from performing an exercise. E.g. If your shoulders are so inflexible that you can't hold ...
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Does stretching muscles help build / tone them?

Strength training builds muscle. In other words, the forcible contraction of your muscles against resistance is what stimulates them to get stronger or more firm. While stretching has a role, it's ...
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Should I stretch every day?

Harvard Medical School recommends stretching every day, and at least 2-3 times per week. As with all types of exercise, you need to engage in stretching regularly in order to reap lasting benefits. ...
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Stretches/exercises to sit cross legged

Deep squats performed properly with decent weight will open up your hips. Your squat stance ends up being wide, and the weight causes your "hip" muscles (hamstrings, adductors, etc) to get pulled on ...
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Stretch for Squats muscles

Check out Limber 11 by a guy called Joe DeFranco. It's a few exercises/stretches which really helped me with my squat form. I used to have pain in the front of my hip when squatting but I started ...
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Did walking & stretching on my rest day made my lower back sore?

You're sore Wednesday because you squatted Monday. Soreness from lifting can easily last two or three days, and even get worse on later days. It's called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS. ...
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What is a reasonable schedule for increasing flexibility?

Flexibility is training just like any other training. There is no gene for flexibility. And, just like any other training, it will follow the same sort of timeline as any other exercise regimen. ...
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Types of stretching

Basically there are four types of stretching: Static: you hold a position, not really bouncing around on it. This is what most athletic stretching tends to be since it's the easiest, doesn't require ...
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Is stretching after bodybuilding workout advised?

Both perspectives seem off in one way or another. Your experience alone shows that stretching isn't harmful when done right, but what exactly is right? Let's tackle your two perspectives first, then ...
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What is the difference between yoga and stretching?

There are branches of yoga with focus on different things. If we're going with the static, more relaxed yoga poses (see: yin yoga), then we're doing a lot of seated and laid down stretching. Breath ...
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Fingers for intensive sports requiring hands a lot? Recoving from ulnar claw?

First of all, if your fingers are constantly under stress and they are not recovering properly, this can lead to nerve damage in the wrist and elbow which is known as a repetitive stress injury. Much ...
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Cramping in the soles of my feet during certain stretches

This happened to me when I started doing vigorous yoga again after an extended period of absence. My flexor muscles would cramp in simple things like child pose, but my base foot would always cramp ...
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How far should one stretch when doing yoga?

When you have reached a certain point of stretching a muscle, it will start to tense because of the stretch reflex. Stop at the first sign of muscle tension and stay there until you can relax, and ...
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Is there a stretching equivalent of the food pyramid?

I don't believe that there is a universal list of stretches, but there are certainly guides out there. I'm personally fond of Craig Ramsay's Anatomy of Stretching which has both an hour-long ...
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Holding weights on bench press flyes

I'll preface this by saying this is purely my opinion based on many years of training and experience as a trainer. I, personally, would not perform “one more set with heavy weight stretching my ...
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I can't touch my butt with my heel

These are two exercises I like for this purpose: Toddler Squat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc3V3f45nOI I have people hold that position for 30-60 seconds, for either three sets, or have them ...
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Flexibility training - short & intense vs. long & light

First, a correction of a misconception. You don't stretch ligaments. Ligaments connect bone to bone, and if they stretch out, they don't go back to their original shape. This makes joints loose and ...
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Can I use hip adductor machine to stretch legs for splits?

You're using a machine for partner stretches. This isn't a bad thing; but, you need to be careful. When you say, "Ah! Too far!" a person will stop. The machine only listens to its mechanics and ...
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What would happen if an adult was forced into a right split?

I'm not aware of any testing being done, and there is no guarantee that it would produce injuries, but it certainly could produce injuries. Some possible examples are: Torn/strained muscles Torn ...
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Stretches/exercises to sit cross legged

Butterfly stretch is a good one to open up the adductors (I think that's the name- anatomy newb). Stretching your piriformis would be a good move as well, youtube by Kit Laughling. Practicing ...
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Help understand chronic tightness behind knees

Both the gastronemius and the hamstrings cross the back of the knee joint, so both can be tight from sitting 10 hours per day. Muscles can tighten, but the fascia can also become stuck and stop ...
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When bending forward to touch toes, why is bad to bounce?

The type of stretching that involves "bouncing" or lunging in a repeated pattern is called ballistic stretching. While there are a few, very limited uses, it has been contraindicated as a stretching ...
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Core stability - how often and long?

I roll my eyes a little bit at "core" exercises, because your body works as a full whole so if you're doing proper full body exercises your "core" (which isn't some agreed-upon anatomical term) will ...
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Efficacy of stretch exercises

First, a point on definitions: Stretching - To lengthen a muscle. (Sit ups would not be considered stretching.) Strengthening - To contract a muscle against resistance. Cardio - Any exercise to ...
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