• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 9 comments on Stretch Before Exercise? Not So Fast.

  1. This is in more lamen terms however essentially it states how static stretching reduces your performance. There are a lot of articles about how stretching does not prevent injuries as well.

  2. I will second what Stacey said. My group was told to stretch, so I did, even though I don’t normally. We did Indian runs up a hill, and I had to be excused early…due to a pulled muscle. I always ignore trainers who say to stretch before the workout. That’s just plain stupid.

  3. I don’t know how you can take this information seriously with things such as ‘ According to this research, runners run more slowly, jumpers jump less high, and weight lifters lift more weakly’. I could string better sentences together in primary school.

  4. I find that when I do not do static stretching before a sport or activity, I am far more likely to get sore muscles. However, when I do stretch before an activity, I rarely get sore muscles the next day, or if they do get sore, it is far less severe. It does seem that right after stretching, I do feel slightly weaker so there might be some merit here. For reducing sore muscles and injury, I would highly recommend static stretching; especially if you’re doing a workout that you haven’t done in a while.

  5. I work for a large fulfillment center in Texas. We do pre-shift and post lunch mostly static stretches. About the only thing “dynamic” we do are the squats. There is a lot of walking.

    In my position I use my arms and go up and down a “ladder” a lot, including being on my knee[s] on the floor. Other positions do not seem to need the ladder [really a tall step-stool] as much, but they do use it but they use their arms a lot more. The stowers have a need for speed.

    The counters [my position] accuracy is more important than speed, but speed is still somewhat important, but I don’t need to be near as fast as the stowers of which I was once one, but was no good at it, so they trained me in counting at which I excel, when I concentrate.

    So, what are the best stretches for us stowers and counters?

  6. why does this article have conflicting statements?

    “Recent studies caution people away from stretching before workouts”

    “I suggest that people go through a dynamic stretching routine instead of a static stretching routine prior to exercising.”

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