What Is the Major Difference Between Static & Dynamic Stretching?

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There are a few major differences between static and dynamic stretching that you're going to want to know about. Find out about the major difference between static and electric stretching with help from a fitness expert and certified personal trainer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kristy Lee Wilson. I am a Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist. You can visit my website at www.kristywilson.com. Today, we're going to talk about the major differences between static and dynamic stretching. So, static stretching is probably one of the most common forms of stretching. It requires holding a specific stretch for an extended period of time, usually about 20-30 seconds. Now, when you're stretching, the no pain, no gain does not apply. It's going to be uncomfortable, but you don't want to feel any sharp pains. So, a static stretch, you always want to make sure you're warmed up, it's best to do after a workout when your muscles are warmed. So, for example, the hamstring, the seated hamstring stretch is a great static stretch. You're going to sit up, make sure your back is flat and just reach forward as far as you can. Now, you want to hold this position, after a little while you'll probably feel the muscles relax. So, then, just move very gently further into the stretch. Again, when you feel the muscle relax, move a little bit further into the stretch until you get to that 30-second period. Relax and then you want to repeat that three to four times. So, dynamic stretching refers to moving a muscle throughout its full range of motion around a joint. Usually, dynamic stretching is perform as a warm up or before a workout. Again, you want to make sure the muscles are warmed. An example of a dynamic stretch is just a forward lunge. You want to make sure it's nice and controlled, step forward into that lunge position. Here, I'm dynamically stretching the hip flexor and the back thigh. Press up and you can continue doing about eight to ten repetitions. Make sure you do both legs. And that is an example of a dynamic stretch. I'm Kristy Lee Wilson. We just spoke about major differences between static and dynamic stretching.

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