Around 10 years ago, dynamic warm-ups started gaining popularity in the sports world as an effective method for athletes to prep before an event. Today, dynamic warm-ups are a standard routine for athletes ranging from amateurs to professionals. What is dynamic stretching and what are the benefits of doing it? Continue reading to find out!
What Is Dynamic Stretching?
Dynamic stretching is using movement to stretch and warm up certain muscles or muscle groups.
Some common examples of dynamic stretching are:
ADVANTAGES OF DYNAMIC STRETCHING
Warms Up Your Muscles
One of the main advantages of dynamic stretching is that it warms up the muscles to their working temperature. For example, a lunge with a twist is a dynamic stretching exercise that engages your hips, legs, and core muscles. Whether you are doing weighted lunges in the gym, or lunging for a soccer ball, the muscles involved have already been engaged during your warm-up.
Improves Range of Motion
Dynamic stretching will also improve your mobility and range of motion both in short term (as a warm up for a workout) and long term!
Reduces Chance of Injury
As we mentioned above, dynamic stretching fully warms up your muscles before a workout. This decreases the chance of an injury significantly!
Enhances Your Power
Studies reveal dynamic stretching before a workout can help you lift more weight and increases overall athletic performance compared to no stretching or static stretching. If you are trying to get stronger, build more muscle, or simply perform better, a dynamic warm-up routine is likely your best bet.
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