It's usually just the part you breeze through at the beginning or end of your workout.
However, what if there is a missing link, in our pursuit of lifting heavier, going faster, and lasting longer?
Flexibility is a tried and true method to increase body awareness and flexibility and will carry over to other physical pursuits. Stretching is a basic human movement, and can be done by anyone.
We've all seen that guy at the gym who squats 300 lbs a few inches, or hear about someone tearing their achilles. Mobility is the 3rd part of a Fitness Triangle that needs to be in place, and really the foundation.
While muscle and agility are important, without proper range of motion, you're not going to hit your peak strength or speed, and worse, are almost guaranteed to get some type of injury.
To get started, you can measure where you currently stand. One way to do this is with a Functional Movement Screen. This PDF will give you a starting point.
*(Excerpted from an article by 'Dr. Squatch' Soap for Men!)
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Some further tools and resources to help with your stretch workout goals are provided below: