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6 Ways to Improve Flexibility, Part 4: Dynamic Flexibility

14 Jun 2008

While static stretching can be good for improving range of motion and reducing muscle soreness, dynamic flexibility is excellent for warming up muscles you expect to use for your workout, sport, or other activity. These stretches are characterized by moving a joint through its full, but comfortable range of motion, which will vary among exercisers. Although it is used more commonly in prep for a sport, with proper instruction, dynamic flexibility can be helpful in reaching your goals.

The dynamic flexibility part of your exercise program will vary depending on your goals, needs, and results from your evaluation. Nearly any static stretch can be done as a dynamic flexibility exercise, but before you try this on your own, work with a flexibility specialist to make sure you are using the correct form and performing the most appropriate stretches for your goals and needs. Although they are very conducive to reaching your goals, dynamic flexibility exercises can be very high risk for injuries when done incorrectly and without an adequate general warm-up. As you progress through your fitness program, your dynamic flexibility plan may even traditional bodyweight exercises like squats and lunges. To know more about how dynamic flexibility can help you reach your flexibility goals, schedule a 30-minute follow-up after your flexibility evaluation.

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