This guy's funny, Gym! I like how he says you want to get rid of imperfections or whatever's going on -- I think what it does is the same thing stretching does, which is elongate the muscle to relax it. To work out knots, you have to do pressure points, which usually isn't rolling, it's resting on something like a lacrosse ball. So to anyone out there, turn off the sound and just watch!
Gym, I think you need to stop saying the stretching thing. You really don't know that this is true, and I keep having to add so people won't think it's a proven fact that every professional athlete and serious amateur athletes and all organized athletic activities include stretching. Everyone knows yoga practitioners who can form themselves into a pretzel after practicing. All physical therapists include stretching in their treatment. There are many ways to stretch, some static, some circular, some while moving, but methinks this is another thing you keep emphasizing because you don't personally enjoy stretching. That's fine, but your history isn't great so some humility is called for. By the way, recently saw an interesting couple of lectures on human history, and it was very informative that without grains there would be no civilization as we know it -- perhaps no written language at all. The reason is twofold: being able to domesticate grains allows people to stay in one place and develop a community of sharing ideas, and it is so good for you it provides most of what anyone needs to live -- and unfortunately, a lot of what armies need to build empires because you can travel with them and have enough energy to keep fighting. They have to be grown properly, however, to get the nutrition you need from them. It's very interesting to study culinary history a bit, especially with the fads around today boasting about high protein diets and falsely claiming they know "paleo" people ate them and were healthier for it. This is made up. But it sells really well! Perhaps, though, we'd all be better off without civilization -- we'd live a much shorter and hard life, but we'd also be safer from one another.
I said the above a little wrong -- I don't mean to stop citing the possibility stretching isn't helpful, just to stop saying it as if it's true. All we know is someone you're reading is saying it might be true but nobody serious about activity is listening. There's an interview with Lebron James listing the extensive regime he follows to keep playing at the level of basketball he does. You should try to find that interview and see all the different modalities, including stretching a lot and in a variety of ways, he follows. Hardly leaves time for anything else.
Pax, I do stretch! It's just that I stretch using a foam roller after a workout. Before each exercise routine I don't stretch! I just warm my muscles by doing the exercise using light weights.
I also had an accident fell and ripped the long head bicep tendon that runs over the top of the humerus bone and attaches to the top of the shoulder blade. I fell face forward and and of course extended my arms to protect myself and that's what caused the rip. The long head will reattach itself but not at the top. Good thing i'm left handed the rip happened to my right arm.
Dear Gym, thank you for sharing. I am learning how important stretching is.
I just had a trigger point therapy massage and for the first time in 4 years am able to raise my arms up.
The therapist told me to stretch every day.
Pax, You know how some parking lots have grassy islands dividing parking spots! Well my daughter parked next to one and as I walked to the passenger side I stepped onto the curb that surrounds the island and then stepped onto the grass that looked level with the curb but wasn't and I lost my footing falling forward and to protect myself you naturally put your arms forward and outstretched. That's what caused the tear.
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