When it comes to a stretch routine after weight lifting, there are several schools of thought among the gym-going fraternity. Some perform a dynamic warm-up beforehand, others simply don't bother. But almost all agree that a solid post-weight-training cool-down is essential to remain flexible, injury-free and lengthen your muscles to allow them to grow.
- You don't need any equipment to do an effective cool down and stretch routine
- Stretching post exercise is vital to avoid injury and increase blood flow to your muscles
- A great way to stretch after weight lifting is to attend a yoga class
- If time is a problem, at the very least make sure you stretch your three tightest muscles after weight lifting - usually your glutes, hamstrings, and hip flexors
- Bodybuilding.com says you need to be sure to stop when and if you feel tired. Tired muscles have less elasticity which decreases the range of motion used in your movements.
So you now know why it's good for you but if you're not quite sure how to stretch after weight training, this 12-minute vid from the guys over at Fitness Blender includes a cool down and full-body stretch that takes care of almost every muscle and joint you could possibly have used. Sorted.
Cool Down and Fully Body Stretch - Relaxing Cool Down and Stretching Workout Routine by Fitness Blender
Next up, Scott Herman, all-round fitness freak and a man who is clearly allergic to T-shirts, discusses the importance of stretching and highlights a great post-workout routine with a professional physiotherapist.
Be a 10 in 2010 & Stretch! by Scott Herman Fitness
Finally, for a slightly less testosterone-fuelled post-workout stretching routine, try this one from POPSUGAR Fitness.