Let me put it to you this way, not stretching is like never getting your car serviced. It’s that moment when your check oil light comes on, headlights go out and a tire pops. That’s sort of what happens to your body when you don’t regularly stretch. You start experiencing tightness behind the knees, or your lower back begins to ache consistently. You might find that you cant’ turn your neck to the right because of the massive muscle adhesion in your upper back or a dull pain over your knee cap because of the extremely tight IT band that you haven’t stretched out in months, maybe even years! Just like your car, if your muscles are allowed to remain tight, they will begin to turn into sprains, tears, or even worse broken bones!
So what does it mean for you as an athlete? You have to see your body as a high priced sports car that needs regular maintenance to continue run smoothly and keep the high paced life style you demand of it. So if you work out with Fit Club 5 to 6 days a week and only rely on the minimal stretching that we do after each session, you are setting yourself up for injury. The exercises we do in each session will inherently make the body tighten up. You have to invest in the time to stretch so that the muscles will return to their original length and state. I don’t mean the stretch it requires for you to bend down to pick up your car keys when leaving the grocery store two days later! I mean, take the time when you get home and use your rumbler roller. The consequences of not stretching regularly and thoroughly could include serious soft tissue injuries such as tearing your ACL or your Rotator Cuff, if the body is neglected like the car without oil, the muscles literally won’t be able to hold themselves together. From there it is a domino effect, eventually the bone that the muscle is protecting will break.
So how do you insure your body continues to run at high performance? Before any Fit Club Session starts take the time to do a dynamic stretch (run or high knees, walking lunges, plank, push ups, etc.) into self-myofascial release (rumbler roller). This warms up the muscles and gives your body the chance to stretch out before you start your workout. Also, it’s important that you use the roller at any point of the work out when you begin to experience tightness. Spending a few minutes doing this during a workout will release tight muscles and allow for more mobility and flexibility. Most important, after the session and you get home, take the time to really release the tightness in your muscles by using the rumbler roll and/or static stretching (holding a stretch for 30 seconds to a minute) for a total of 15 minutes in the morning and another 15 minutes in the evening. This may seem like a lot, but when you compare it to the time you will have to take off from work, injury or worse surgery – 30 mins is a deal.
So let’s keep our bodies healthy and prevent injury together!read more →