Stretch Right!

Stretching, or flexibility training, is an essential part of a complete workout program. The term flexibility is defined as range of motion within a joint and should be included in EVERY workout session. The benefits include increased physical efficiency, decreased risk of injury, increased blood supply and nutrient exchange to working muscles and improved muscular balance and posture.

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The two basic types of flexibility: Static and Dynamic flexibility. Static flexibility involves holding a stretch or position for a specific amount of time, like a dancer maintaining a split. Dynamic flexibility is movement through a range of motion with an emphasis on maintaining speed and force. Imagine the same dancer performing split leaps across the floor. The three most common techniques used to achieve flexibility are: static stretching, ballistic (or dynamic) stretching, and active isolated stretching (AIS).