About Mike Cola

Mike Cola has well over 50,000 hours of hands-on personal training experience. He started his own personal training studio in1989, Mike Cola Fitness, which is located in New York.Connect with Mike @ Google+

14 Responses to “Safe Stretching”

  1. Thank you. I’m in good health but am also 74 and am losing a lot of flexability. I’ll try active stretching as you described it. Thanks again.

  2. Hi i have fibromyalgia & narcolepsy. I have chronic pain and my tendons tighten up & cause the drawing up of arms & hands at times. I am going to try active stretching more routinely. To see if it helps. I do active stretching everyday, but maybe not enough. Thank you for taking the time to explain active stretching. 🙂

  3. Thank you. My large muscles are tight much of the time. I walk 1/3 mile twice a day, but am otherwise fairly sedentary. Until six years ago I had an all-round daily workout. I have been discouraged because it seems I wind up in pain the next day when I try to increase my activity. I will try active stretching. It’s a challenge for me to “relax”. I felt comfortable with your suggestions and reasoning.

  4. I’m 59, male, and I’ve become concerned that I am frequently tight, particularly legs, neck, and shoulders. I googled muscle tightness nutrition and found your website. Your point about muscle tightness being related to muscle weakness was helpful. I think a video that has more light and I can see your whole body whould be helpful.

  5. Hi,I’m 49 and noticed in last few years that my muscles are tight and also becoming weaker.I am going to try your stretching workout to see if it helps,thank you.

  6. Hi Patti,

    Thanks for checking out my blog. Read my post about muscle tightness. I think it might help you.

    Best – Mike

  7. Hi Mike, I’m 47 and I’ve just recently started working again after about 7 years on disability. I’m a veterinary technician and I’m on my feet about 10 hrs. a day and I do a lot of kneeling to restrain animals and lifting animals as well. I know I need to strengthen my muscles but I am going to try this stretching before work/at lunch and when I get home. My muscles are extremely tight and this looks like it will help. Thank you!

  8. Great video. I’ve incorporated active stretching techniques I learned from you and feel it has really helped. Thanks Mike.

  9. @ Patrick

    Hi Patrick…hope all is well.

    Thanks for the comment

  10. Mike,

    I have suffered from weak lower back muscles and buttock pain for two years, making it difficult for me to stand or walk for any length of time. I have tried physiotherapy involving stretching and strengthening but it hasn’t made any difference. Could you suggest a programme of active stretching that would address weak back muscles and buttock pain?

  11. @ Paul

    Hi Paul,

    Sorry to hear about your back…. read this post and all the comments http://www.fitnesscontrarian.com/stretches-for-lower-back-pain-lower-back-stretches-to-avoid/…it might help.

    I would also…… Google – Stuart McGill, Ph.D. Professor of Spine Biomechanics, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo.

    Read one of Stuart’s books – Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance or Low Back Disorders.

    Best – Mike

  12. my hip flexors, practically overnight they started to tighten up . if i sterch them they’ll feel good for half an hour and then tighten up again.

    please, help.

  13. Hi Richard,

    Stretching them is not fixing the problem…. you have to strengthen the antagonistic muscle group like hamstring and gluts…If you do that your hip flexors will release…

    Best – Mike

  14. Mike, I have tight groins, will simply strengthening them release the tightness or should I stretch them as well?