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Resistance Stretching: for enhanced strength



Sep 12, 2010
Resistance stretching, is a form of conditioning, that contracts a muscle and elongates it -- the opposite of an exercise such as a bicep curl, which causes muscles to shorten.

Lengthening of the muscle is the crux of resistance stretching, since it increases flexibility within the joints and strengthens muscles when they're at their weakest (elongated).

Resistance stretching centers on flexing your muscles even as you stretch them; for example, instead of simply releasing a leg lift, resist the urge to let your quad muscles relax on the way down--and fight that urge with both your hamstrings and your quads. Some of these stretching moves can be done alone and others with a partner whom you'd enlist to, say, pull your fist away from you as you work to pull it in during a bicep curl.

The method proved valuable to Dara Torres, a U.S. Olympian and accidental poster-child for the workout. At age 41, the swimmer won three silver medals in the Beijing Games, and credits resistance stretching as a major player in the training routine that helped send her to a fifth Olympics.

How different is resistance stretching from other limbering exercises? Unlike holding a muscle in a passively stretched position, the resistance route actively lengthens muscles through constant movement.

Benefits of the Resistance Stretching

Resistance Stretching:
offers immediate, cumulative, and permanent increases in flexibility
takes the pain out of stretching
protects one from injuring themselves by over-stretching
results in gains in both strength and aerobic capacity
improves performance accuracy
creates more powerful, explosive, and core stable movements

Increases in flexibility through Resistance Stretching also result in:
corrective realignment of bone rotational interrelationships
removing chronic joint stress
re-establishing optimal bio-mechanical efficiency

Resistance Stretching is the missing link in preventative medicine as it:
takes a proactive role in targeting specific areas of potential injury
removes chronic injuries
upgrades kinetic bio-mechanics with concomitant improvement in physiological and psychological health

No other method, supplement, or technique can yield better results than stretching exercises. All you need is to perform stretching exercises correctly and you will grow stronger, more flexible, have greater range of motion, less stiffness and maybe even grow taller.

Stretching produces high amounts of human growth hormone secretion, which will thicken the cartilage and increase bone density.