We all know the reasons why we need to maintain a good Range of Motion (ROM), and how detrimental have tight muscles can be to our performance (in our daily lives and our sporting pursuits).

I was not brought up on a staple diet of stretching and maintaining flexibility, in fact, stretching was something that was done for a few seconds before starting the activity (I was a rugby player at school).

Our Coaches did not do a great job of enforcing it either. At the end of practice or a game, we would have a quick run through of the session, or chat about the games final outcome, and then pack it in.

16 years later (OK 18), and I wish that I had made it a bigger part of my training. I use all the same excuses you use:

  1. I hate stretching!
  2. I am tired after training - I just want to shower and eat.
  3. I always do the same stretches.
  4. Even after stretching I feel stiff and tight.
You get the picture!

Over the past few years, I have made stretching a more regular feature of my training, and since my wife developed ITB and Patello-Femoaral pain, we now both stretch and roll for at least 10 minutes at the end of our training.

  1. I hate stretching! Well, it is not my favorite part of the program, but I see it helping her recovery from her injury.
  2. I am tired after training - I just want to shower and eat. We now stretch while having a snack and some juice.
  3. I always do the same stretches. I work for a company that has awesome online content including stretching and Self-Myofascial release videos - a no brainer.
  4. Even after stretching I feel stiff and tight. You might not gain the flexibility of a Russian Gymnast, but continued stretching, and incorporating some foam rolling, will leave you feeling a lot looser.
So with that in mind, have a look at these videos from Mypypeline.com, use them after your training session - religiously. And feel the difference in your daily life and your physical training.

Foam Roller Stretching - Part 1:

Foam Roller Stretching - Part 2:

Full Body Stretch with Bands - Part 1

Full Body Stretch with Bands - Part 2

I know you will feel the benefit from doing these 4 short stretch and roll sessions, so feel free to let me know how it works out for you.

James Greenwood is a competitive tri and multisport athlete currently training for Ironman Canada 2009. A level 1 Triathlon Coach, he holds a post graduate degree in Exercise Science, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. James is also currently the resident health and fitness programs expert at MyPypeline.com, and has starred in a number of multisport specific fitness videos.
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