Posted Dec 3, 2012 by Gym Source in FIT Fact and tagged conditioning, strength, stretching.

Stretch for Strength

What’s the smartest way to get stronger, faster? Stretching. According to a 2010 study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, men who stretched for 20 to 30 seconds between sets—or who added a stretching regimen twice a week to their routine—increased their strength by 20 percent. A separate study found that for those under 40, the ideal hold for stretches is 30 seconds. Over 40? Hold for 60 seconds. (Muscles become less pliable with age, so longer stretching is key.)

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