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Give it a Stretch

Restoring flexibility to tight muscles is a critical aspect of strength training.  Your body cannot recruit a muscle through its full range of motion if it has become short and tight.  If a muscle has tightened enough to change your posture, it will change the way your joints are aligned.  For instance, Pectoral muscles that have over-tightened, coupled with upper back muscles that are weak and overstretched, create a hunched over appearance.  The shoulder joints are no longer in proper alignment.  Research supports the concept that injuries to joints increase when opposing muscles are out of alignment.  Relaxing tight muscles reduces the stress caused to a joint. Strengthening weak muscles will support healthy joint alignment.
Flexibility exercises can be done 4 to 7 days a week.  Muscles must be warmed up beforehand.  It is recommended that you hold stretches 20 to 30 seconds. Stretching should not be painful.  If you are unsure of a stretch for a specific area, we have wonderful resources to share with you. We will happily guide you through the process of learning healthy stretching techniques.

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