Some love it, others don’t, but one thing is for sure, stretching must be part of a workout routine. But when should you stretch, before or after a workout?
Stretching before a workout is necessary to prepare your body for your routine, however, our certified personal trainer, Kris Jones, recommends opting for dynamic warm-up as opposed to static stretches. This type of stretching incorporates movements that will imitate your actual workout. For instance, somebody who does a routine involving squats and sumo deadlifts, will perform dynamic stretches like walking lunges, butt kicks and high knees. During dynamic stretching, you’re constantly moving, so it provides a cardio warm-up as well.
On the other hand, after a workout, Kris suggests static stretches, which focus more on relaxing the muscle.
Watch the video to hear what he has to say.