What most people don’t know is that there are many different styles of stretches. Static, dynamic and ballistic are just some of the many types. Exercise physiologist Len Kravitz recommends performing dynamic stretches before you begin your workout. When performing dynamic stretches, you are using stretches that are dynamic, which means you are moving as you stretch. Stretching in motion challenges your balance and coordination skills, which has been proven to increase performance, says BuiltLean founder and trainer Marc Perry.
Dynamic stretches activate muscles you will use during your workout. For example, a lunge with a twist is a dynamic stretch that engages your hips, legs, and core muscles. These muscles you will be using throughout your workout have already been engaged during your warm-up, which will help enhance your power and muscular performance.
Research shows that when dynamic stretches are performed before a workout, your overall physical performance will increase when compared to no stretching or static stretching. In a later post, I will talk about static stretching, which is the opposite of dynamic stretching, whereas the stretch position is held for a certain amount of time. However, if you are trying to become stronger, build more muscle, or improve your overall performance, a dynamic stretching routine is the best option.