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Stretching Plays a Vital Role

Stretching Plays a Vital Role

Did you know that Stretching plays a vital role in building muscles?

The muscle in your body is encased in fascia, which is tough connective tissue. Fascia holds your muscles in place. Stretching it can help it to grow and allow room for your muscles.

But your fascia may also be holding back your muscle growth. Think for a moment about your muscles. You train them and feed them properly. They want to grow and will grow but something is holding them back. They have no room to grow!
Because fascia is so tough, it doesn’t allow the muscle room to expand. It is like stuffing a large pillow into a small pillowcase. The size of the muscle won’t change regardless of how hard you train or how well you eat because the connective tissue around your muscles is constricting the muscles within.

The best example of this is the calf muscle. The lower leg is riddled with fascia because of its tremendous weight-bearing duties in the body. It is because of this fascia that many trainers have great difficulty developing their calves.”
Did you know that you can stretch fascia which will enable greater muscle space for your muscles to get bigger?

The key to effective fascial stretching is the pump. The best time to stretch is when your muscles are pumped up full of blood.

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When your muscles are fully pumped up, they are pressing against the fascia. By stretching hard at that time, you increase that pressure on the fascia greatly, which can lead to expansion of the fascia.
Be sure you do not stretch so hard that you cause the muscle to tear or cause injury to yourself. You will rapidly learn to distinguish the difference between a good stretch and a bad stretch. You should not feel any sharp pain, just a steady pull.
Hold each stretch for at least 20 to 30 seconds as you must give your fascia time to be affected by the stretch. Stretch hard like this only when you have a fully pumped muscle as you must give your fascia a reason to expand. If your muscles aren’t pumped, just stretch normally.

Stretching will give you that little bit extra growth.

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