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Hip Flexor Stretches

Tight hip flexors can cause a number of problems with your body. Two of the biggest problems is back pain and hip pain. When the three primary hip flexors known as Psoas Major, Illacus and Rectus Femoris are tight they can tilt your pelvis into a position that extends the spine. This may cause back […]

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Muscle Tightness Comes from Muscle Weakness

To a large extent muscle tightness comes from muscle weakness. Muscles become tight to protect the body from injury. When the body identifies a weakness or instability in and around a joint the body will tighten up to prevent injury. This raises the following question. Should you stretch went you’re tight or should you strengthen […]

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Confused about Stretching?

There seems to be a lot of debate about stretching. Is there any real benefit to stretching? Do I need to stretch before playing sports? The New York Times just published an article called “ How Necessary is Stretching” which pointed out that runners who had tight hamstrings seemed to run easier (better running economy) […]

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How to Warm-up before a Workout

One of the biggest mistakes people make in the gym is not warming up properly before a workout. In fact most people do more harm then good and set themselves up for injury. Most importantly, an appropriate warm-up should increase your body temperature (warm you up) and get you ready for more strenuous exercise. When […]

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Stop static stretching before a workout

Static stretching can make you weaker. Research has shown that holding a muscle in the lengthen position for 30 seconds can make the muscle weaker for up to 45 minutes. Save your static stretching for after the workout.

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