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Types of Stretching

Active Stretching
Active Stretching

All stretches are either passive or active. With passive stretching, you rely on your body weight, gravity or a prop -- such as a strap or stretching device -- to stretch a muscle.

Ballistic Stretching
Ballistic Stretching

Ballistic stretching is popular among athletes, but is it safe for the average person? This intense stretching method uses bouncing movements to push your body beyond its normal range of motion. Whereas static stretches are performed slowly and gradually, the ballistic method stretches muscles much farther and faster.

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Dynamic Stretching
Dynamic Stretching

Why is Dynamic Stretching important? In the gym we like to take you through many variations of warm-ups and movements (D-ROM) to prepare you for your workout. You may be wondering if there is vital importance in doing a warm-up and movements?

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Isometric Stretching
Isometric Stretching

Isometric stretching is a distinct type of static stretching (that is, involving no motion) which aims at increasing someone’s flexibility by executing isometric contractions of the stretched muscles.

Passive (or Relaxed) Stretching
Passive (or Relaxed) Stretching

An active stretch requires the athlete to actively stretch their joint with the creation of a stretch produced from opposing muscle groups. Remember, this style of stretch requires the athlete to produce force to stretch a muscle, as opposed to being relaxed like in passive stretching.

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PNF Stretching
PNF Stretching

PNF techniques have since gained popularity with physical therapists and other fitness professionals. It’s easy to understand why. According to research from the University of Queensland, PNF stretching may be the most effective stretching technique for increasing range of motion.

Static Stretching
Static Stretching

Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon (or muscle group) is deliberately flexed or stretched in order to improve the muscle's felt elasticity and achieve comfortable muscle tone.

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