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17
Jan

Snatch Grip Deadlift 2-2-2-2-2-2
A Few Snatches then,
Volume Train/EDT 

3 Responses

  1. ZzzGlide

    Errr, I wasn't in agreement with Michael Wolf's rap on Felxibility in his Strength and Barbells article (posted a few days back). Maybe I'm just uptight (badump) but prior to any workout a hamstring, an achilles, a quad, a shoulder is always tight with respect to the extended range of motion that most exercises require (for me anyway). That is to say, none of us spends the day with our arms over our heads (unless your working at a fundraising car wash) or with our butts nearly touching the floor in the squat position (unless you're a…well). Anyway, my point is that Wolf thinks a person who lifts regularly should be able to just shimmy on up to the bar and do their thing with no attention to stretching. I guess if you're a nija, a 12 year old or a gummy worm you could just start lifting weight with no pre stretching, but for me I notice a significant difference in muscle length and mobility before as compared to after a stretching routine. There just aint no substitute for chillin on the floor and coaxing those shoulders and hammies to come on out and play…to just start lifting without stretching is like going for 3rd base before you've even said hello on a first date! Your thoughts?

    4. Flexibility – While increasing force production by taking a magic force production pill may not increase flexibility, we only need deal with realistic scenarios. Increasing strength by utilizing a full range of motion barbell program will increase flexibility if deficient, and maintain flexibility in those who already possess it in sufficient quantities. In some cases of extreme tightness, extra stretching may be necessary at first, but once the ability to assume the key positions in the barbell training program has been attained, simply performing the movements regularly is enough to maintain adequate flexibility in most people.

  2. Colin

    I'm with you on this one to an extent Glide. I think that a little bit of a stretch in the right places is appropriate for a lot, lot, lot of folks. However, I think that if you are regularly performing full range of motion movements, you can maintain your flexibility relatively quickly and easily. My joints and muscles are as tight as almost anyone I have ever met and I spend just a little bit of time stretching out before intense activities. I think that active full ranges of motion will warm up the joints and musculature as well as or better than static stretching, assuming that your muscles are not pathologically restricted for some reason.
    In the beginning of my weight training career, I spent a lot of time stretching out before and after my sessions. Now, with all of the time constraints in my life, I spend just a few minutes doing a little maintenance mobility on the specific joints that have suffered abuse over the years and then get to work and then try to fit in a quick and easy row or walk to cool down. I wish I had more time to spend opening up my hips and shoulders, but in the end I do not find it necessary to keep my training productive and healthy…

    In the end, stretching with a purpose is good. Make sure that you are aware of what needs to be mobilized and what needs to be stabilized and get that shit done…

  3. Colin

    I'm with you on this one to an extent Glide. I think that a little bit of a stretch in the right places is appropriate for a lot, lot, lot of folks. However, I think that if you are regularly performing full range of motion movements, you can maintain your flexibility relatively quickly and easily. My joints and muscles are as tight as almost anyone I have ever met and I spend just a little bit of time stretching out before intense activities. I think that active full ranges of motion will warm up the joints and musculature as well as or better than static stretching, assuming that your muscles are not pathologically restricted for some reason.
    In the beginning of my weight training career, I spent a lot of time stretching out before and after my sessions. Now, with all of the time constraints in my life, I spend just a few minutes doing a little maintenance mobility on the specific joints that have suffered abuse over the years and then get to work and then try to fit in a quick and easy row or walk to cool down. I wish I had more time to spend opening up my hips and shoulders, but in the end I do not find it necessary to keep my training productive and healthy…

    In the end, stretching with a purpose is good. Make sure that you are aware of what needs to be mobilized and what needs to be stabilized and get that shit done…

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