Exercise Questions | Stretching

I've been told completely mixed reviews about when to stretch. I've heard that you should only stretch at the end, but that stretching before will prevent injury. So should you stretch before exercising? If yes, is it before or after the warmup? Thanks a lot!


Posted by Reply
Personal Trainer
7/23/2008 11:48:27 AM
Great advice guys. It is really important to stretch after you work out When you're warm.

2 Posts
7/20/2008 10:26:49 AM
thanks guys!

5 Posts
7/15/2008 9:41:46 AM
Hello Friend,

As an exercise science student and a recent graduate, I have learned through my schooling that before any strenuous workout whether it be cardio or free weights or even aerobics, it's best to start with a light walk or jump rope to increase your heart rate and open your capillary beds to loosin up your tendens and ligaments and muscles.

If you try to stretch, even a light stretch, while be "cold" you put your self a high risk for tearing something.

I've been told to...
Walk or move around until a light sweat
Then...Begin your workout!

I hope this helps...

Good Luck!

Myfit Moderator
Yelm Washington Personal Trainer
6/27/2008 8:25:28 AM
Hi there,

For your question about stretching beforehand, you can lightly. If you do it anymore than that you have a chance of injuring yourself. Its very crucial to stretch afterwards because of the fact that if you don't your body will tighten up the next morning. Oncei tightens up you double to triple the chance of being injured.

In the past they have said that stretching is good beforehand but it has changed in the past 4 years.

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