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Bodybuilding Science Review - Issue #19

I just found out about this interesting new study on stretching this week.Simpson et al. (2017) have

Bodybuilding Science Review

March 21 · Issue #19 · View online

I just found out about this interesting new study on stretching this week.

Simpson et al. (2017) have found muscle thickness increased 5.6% after 6 weeks of stretch training (P=.009). A study from 2014 (McMahon et al.) also found that loading the quadriceps while in a lengthened (ie, stretched) position lead to more gains. Finally, a warning from Junior et al. (2017): stretching before or between exercises hurts your gains. Do your stretches at the end of your workout.

So, to sum up:

- Stretching appears to increase muscle volume
- Exercise with full ranges of motion (this alone stretches muscles)
- Do your stretches at the end of your workout

Your brother in natural bodybuilding,

Carl Juneau, PhD

Stretch training induces unequal adaptation in muscle fascicles and thickness in medial and lateral gastrocnemii. - PubMed - NCBI
Effect of the flexibility training performed immediately before resistance training on muscle hypertrophy, maximum strength and flexibility. - PubMed - NCBI
Muscular adaptations and insulin-like growth factor-1 responses to resistance training are stretch-mediated. - PubMed - NCBI
Brad Schoenfeld Interview (Periodization, De-loading, And More)
Adrenal fatigue does not exist: a systematic review
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