Weight Training Makes You Just As Flexible As Stretching
Little by little it’s becoming crystal clear that you should seriously consider stopping the habit of static stretching before or after working out. The main reason many do so is from the notion and belief that it will improve your range of motion and make you more flexible. Well, unless you’re not engaging in some type of physical therapy, in which certain prescribed stretching is a must, you may want to dump that habit and pick up some weights.
The Edge News recently printed that “static stretching has its share of critics, especially in athletics. A new study adds more fuel to the fire, finding that full range of motion resistance training can improve flexibility as well as static stretching does. Researchers observed two groups of trainees: one that performed static stretches for five weeks, and one that lifted weights through a full range of motion for five weeks while avoiding all stretching. The weight-training group experienced similar ROM improvements to the static stretching group, with the added benefit of increasing strength. So much for the idea that weights make you muscle-bound.”
Here’s an excellent dumbbell set to get you started on your road to greater strength and flexibility.