Stretch to Get Stronger
by Dr. Reuven Bruner, Ph.D.
Stretching has always been the odd man out in the world of
resistance training. When it comes to building strength, many
people are willing to do just about anything.
Spend NIS 150 for a one month supply of the newest
supplements that may increase your strength? No problem.
Spend an additional 15 minutes stretching after weight
conditioning? Forget it. After all, is being able to touch
your toes really going to make you stronger?
Yes. According to recent studies, stretching does make you
stronger. In one 10-week study, the 153 subjects showed gains
in strength due to the effects of strength training and
stretching. The subjects who followed their workout program
with a separate stretching session showed the greatest
stretch gains -- a 54 percent increase. Subjects who
stretched after each exercise showed a 37 percent strength
increase while subjects who did not stretch at all had a 29
percent increase in strength. So learn how to stretch to make
you stronger and more flexible for everyday life.
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