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Time To Re-Think To How You Stretch!

There’s a reason why our Rev.Coaches incorporates a modified lunge with a twist before every session. If we suddenly think of ‘Stretching’ we automatically have a picture of us reaching for our toes, right!? Here at Revolution we want to change that. ‘Static Stretching’ is a thing of the past … Make way for ‘Dynamic Stretching’.

What is Dynamic Stretching?

Exactly what it says on the tin! With dynamic stretching, we’re actually moving and involving the muscles for the stretch to take place. Whereas with normal static stretches we’re just standing or sitting still while holding the stretch for a given amount of time. The best thing about dynamic stretching is that it not only stretches our muscles, but also incorporates a warm-up in the process due to the movement involved.

How Does Dynamic Stretching Affect Our Body and Performance?

Dynamic stretching is a great way to tell and prepare our body that movement and even a workload is about to take place. Due to the movement involved, dynamic stretching gets the blood pumping, raises the temperature of the body, and is effective at reducing muscle stiffness, which not only helps with our flexibility but also helps reduce the likelihood of a muscle tear. However, we need to make sure that our initial dynamic stretching movements actually correlate with the exercise or work that we’re about to perform. By doing this, our muscles get flooded with blood and oxygen to allow them to perform at a high level,

Which in turn helps the muscle fibers and connective tissue to become more flexible and improve our overall range of motion.

What are the Benefits of Dynamic Stretching?

  • Increases flexibility
  • Increased range of motion
  • Increase blood flow
  • Increases body temperature
  • Increases power output
  • Increased endurance
  • Improved neuromuscular activation
  • Improve balance
  • Improve coordination
  • Decrease the risk of injury

Examples of Dynamic Stretches

  • Forward lunge with a twist
  • Knee to chest
  • High kicks
  • Hip stretch with a twist
  • T-push-ups
  • Controlled jump squats
  • Controlled jump Lunges

So, there you have it. Let’s leave the ‘old school’ stretches with our old PE classes at school.

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