A Better Way to 'Stretch' Series
The way to stretch the pecs statically is pretty straightforward. You can simply perform a door stretch.
However, static stretching doesn't always make lasting change. When stretching the pecs, you likely want to keep the range of motion you are gaining.
With that in mind, there's a 'better way to stretch'. And that 'better way' isn't necessarily the stretch itself, but rather a way to address multiple aspects of the muscle.
Specifically, we want to do some soft tissue work on the pecs, a stretch with reps, and then some loaded movement.
This way we get the muscle tension to decrease with the soft tissue work, we put the muscle under tension and longer lengths with the stretch, and we train the overall range of motion with some loaded movement.
The lats can be stretched in a lot of different ways. In this post we look at 'a better way' to stretch the lats, which is really just an integration of different stresses to the tissue and nervous system, not just a different stretch position.
This will bring some pieces together from rolling out to active stretching to loaded stretching to show you some ways that go beyond just holding a static stretch as the answer to all 'stretching' needs.
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