Hi all, this is my first post and it’s in connection with warming up and stretching.
Unfortunately i can’t find the research on this yet but its in reference to ‘Michael Boyle’s Functional strength coach 3.0’
He says that rather than warmup and dynamically stretch, foam rolling, static stretching ‘cold’ and then using activatation exercises is a better way to warm up.
The foam rolling i understand – if you have a knot/tight spot, the muscle will only stretch either side of it, and you won’t get the full potential.
The part about stretching is new to me. Conventionally, i thought increasing temperature in the muscle and then stretching was the way to go – dynamic movements followed or interjected with dynamic stretches being most favoured.
He states (paraphrase)’that in order to get some change in tissue length, you need to get some plastic deformation i.e. stretch the connective tissue, and for this you need to do it cold. If you stretch when muscles are warm they will only return to normal again’.
This last part is interesting –
how long does it take for a warm and stretched muscle to return to its normal/original state? Are there studies out that can tell us?
what are the implications of stretching fascia?
And finally is it possible to static stretch a cold muscle without damaging it adversly?