Are You Performing Static Stretching Without Much Success?
If yes, what’s your purpose? Review our last post on mobility and flexibility!
Yes, prolonged static stretching can make you flexible. But this flexibility doesn’t equate to mobility (having control of your flexibility). And this type of stretching may not be the most beneficial use of your time (pssst, there are better ways).
To have mobility, you need to create strength in your newly acquired ranges of motion.
So how do you do this?! We’re not going to get too fancy or over complicate things.
Here’s the recipe:
- Hold a static stretch for 2+ minutes.
- Next, isometrically contract the muscle you just stretched for 20-30 seconds, gradually working up to a 100% muscle contraction.
- Next, contract the opposite muscle group for 20-30 seconds, gradually working up to a 100% muscle contraction.
- Finally, sink into a deeper stretch and repeat the cycle!
As you can see, you have to train for mobility.
Mobility training is a lot like strength training. Imagine that! You’re literally strengthening your tissues in new ranges of motion.
What’s the use of ROM you can’t control? To look cool on Instagram?