What’s up Gronk Fitness,
Today, we are going to talk about a very neglected part of fitness which is none other than stretching. Most people, but athletes more specifically, tend to avoid daily stretching, either because they are too busy or simply because they underestimate the value of stretching.
The Problem With Weightlifting
When a muscle is contracted time and time again over a long period of time, it inevitably shortens which is both good and bad at the same time. It’s good because it will yield more power when needed but it also loses its elasticity which simply means its capacity to lengthen and return to the starting point.
Stretching: A Severely Underestimated Solution
When a muscle loses its elasticity over time, injuries tend to happen more and more regularly. These injuries might simply be some tightness, muscle knots or even pulls and tears, depending on the severity and extent of the problem.
Dynamic stretching seems to only provide a temporary solution to the problem if done before your workout. The only way to get a lasting and long-term benefit is by incorporating static stretching in your workout, preferably once it’s over and your muscles are warmed up.
Long-Term Solution = The Gronk Fitness Stretch Machine
Since most people are too lazy to take up static stretching as a hobby, Gronk Fitness has designed the ultimate Stretch Machine, an easy and fun-to-use piece of equipment that automatically sets you up for the proper stretch without worrying about messing up your form or doing more bad than good by aggravating an injury or underlying problem.
Plus, it’s just so comfortable that you can do it while listening to music, listening to an e-book or even watching TV! In fact, if we ever needed to recommend only ONE piece of fitness equipment for your home or gym, it would be the Stretch Machine. After all, it looks great, it feels amazing and it provides you with so many benefits by combining full body stretching into one single machine.
Mobility Vs Flexibility: Which Is More Important
If you are having trouble understanding the difference between the two, chances are you are more prone to injuries than you thought.
In simple terms, flexibility is your muscles’ ability to stretch. Mobility, on the other hand, is a much broader term that describes full range of motion and includes restricted muscle tissue, joints, joint capsules, motor control AND your muscles.
In a nutshell, flexibility is part of mobility and mobility is what you should be after.
The 8 Most Important Stretches For Overall Mobility
- Hamstring Stretch
- Glutes Stretch
- Upper Back Stretch
- Lower Back Stretch
- Lat Stretch
- Adductor Stretch
- Quad Stretch
- Pec Stretch
Now, whether or not you decide to use the Gronk Fitness Stretch Machine, that’s up to you. What’s far more important than a piece of equipment is that you actually devote SOME of your time and energy into stretching so that you can ultimately avoid injuries and continue on your path to greatness.
So, take a few minutes after your workout, perform some static stretching and as always…get your mind right.