A person's flexibility can be defined as the range of movement possbile around a joint or a range of joints and is considered by many specialists to be one of the most neglected areas of fitness.

The ability to function correctly and engage in all our activities of daily living is dependent on our ability to move safely and correctly through all the different planes of motion.

Stretching can help us achieve different levels of flexibility, that is why stretching before, during and after exercise is so important. Therefore it is important to understand the benefit associated with stretching, it can be used to prepare a person for exercise, return a muscle to it's normal length and to increase flexibility and range of motion.

Preparatory Stretching

Preparatory Stretching Preparatory stretches all focus on getting the muscles ready for the exercise programme. Preparatory Stretches are all performed standing... Read More

Maintenance Stretching

Maintenance Stretching Maintenance Stretches are performed after the main exercise session (also known as post stretching). The purpose of a Maintenances... Read More

Developmental Stretching

Developmental Stretching Developmental Stretches are performed at the end of your exercise session. Developmental Stretches focus on increasing the muscle length or... Read More

PNF Stretching

PNF Stretching Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretching techniques are more effective than simple passive stretching. The success is... Read More

Warm Up Stretches

Warm Up Stretches The reason behind warm up stretches is simple. You should stretch before your main exercise because cold muscles don't stretch! Spending 5... Read More

Cool Down Stretches

Cool Down Stretches Cool Down Stretches can often be overlooked, this can be very dangerous and will increase the risk of injury. You only need to spend ten... Read More

Benefits of Stretching

Benefits of Stretching Stretching after exercise will help recovery, decrease muscle soreness and keep your muscles and tendons in good working order. By having... Read More


There are 3 main areas to stretching which are, Preparatory, Developmental and Maintenance stretches. All are very important during any exercise for different reason, such as to prevent the risk of injury or to increase flexibility.

Everyone says it but, stretching really is the most important part of any exercise workout. Warm up stretches aren't just about avioding injury but they also help you perform at a higher level during the main exercise session. And cool down stretches can help with muscle recovery and developemnt, everyone who exercises should understand the benefits of stretching.

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