When taking part in any fitness program, stretching needs to be incorporated. When muscles are called on suddenly for sport or training, damage may occur from them being suddenly stretched. This can cause muscle injury. An injured muscle can become too weak to support your joints, which has the potential to lead to joint injury.
Bondi personal trainers encourage regular stretching to prevent injury and to improve flexibility. Stretching is a vital part of your exercise routine.
Injury Prevention at Studio Athletica Bondi Junction Gym
The most common cause of sport and training injury is the failure to prepare for exercise beforehand. At Studio Athletica we prepare you by stretching, mobility and trigger point release before workout so that you can perform at your best. Mobility movements can activate and address all the key stabilising muscles in your hips, ankles, shoulders and upper back. Trigger point release is used to get rid of knots and tightness in your muscles resulting in increased flexibility, mobility and reduced soreness from workouts.
Regular stretching increases your flexibility which will protect your mobility. It helps to keep muscles strong and healthy, and to maintain an appropriate range of motion. Stretching will also increase blood flow and improve your posture.
Types of Stretching to Do at Your Bondi Junction Gym
There are 4 main types of stretches that we mainly focus at Studio Athletica:
Static: Held in a comfortable yet challenging position for 10-30 seconds
Dynamic: Incorporates movement to increase the strength until maximum stretch reach is achieved.
Active: Holds the stretch for 10-15 seconds with only the opposite muscle group assisting. This will allow the opposite muscle group to relax. For example bringing your leg up high and holding it there without anything to keep the leg in position.
Passive: Holds the stretch with another part of your body or with assistance from equipment or a workout buddy or trainer. An example is stretching your forearm by placing your hand against a wall.
Every stretch is static or dynamic and passive or active.
Passive stretching is great to improve flexibility. It can be part of your daily routine. Before and after exercise, particularly vigorous exercise and gym work, dynamic active stretches are best to warm up muscles and prevent injury.
How Often and When Do I Stretch
Stretching should be done ideally every day to improve flexibility, and also before and after a workout at Studio Athletica Bondi junction gym. This will ensure that the muscles are warmed up and help to avoid injury.
Stretching can be pleasant and relaxing and is great for your overall flexibility. It can also increase blood flow and improve posture. Stretching, Mobility & trigger point release should be a vital part of your exercise routine to prevent muscle and joint injury so that you can perform at your best.