Stretching: The Truth

A warm-up is a warm-up. Stretching is stretching, and not a warm-up. A good trainer usually knows not to have clients do static stretching before a workout. I've seen plenty of people get injured from pre-workout stretching. Bulgarian weightlifters go so far as to not even include warm-ups. They lift the near max weight immediately in their training.

I usually recommend light calisthenics, mobility drills, or stationary biking as opposed to stretching. Particularly for bodybuilding, stretching is best done after the workout, when the muscles are tight, but thoroughly warmed up.

Here's a primer on stretching from the New York Times.

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