Stretching can be divided into two main categories: static stretching and dynamic stretching.
A static stretch is a stretch that is held at the maximum range of motion for a period of time(15 secs for example) to lengthen and achieve a full range of motion.
Here is a diagram of static stretches, you may even see something similar to this on the walls in MadMonkeyz Climbing Gym.
Static stretching is useful to train flexibility AFTER a workout, notice how I bolded the words after?
This is because new research has shown that static stretching actually decreases muscle strength by 9% for up to an hour. Furthermore, more research has shown that static stretching does not decrease chances of injury, it actually remains the same. In the next part, we’ll cover on dynamic stretches.
To Be Continued…
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