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Old 04-04-2012, 06:07 AM   #1
 
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Need some fitness advice here.... I've started a new exercise regimen. I am following Leslie Sansone walking videos. About 3 days a week I like to include some weight exercises. After the walking video , it cools down and stretch which I do. my question is.. after I cool down with Leslie , is it ok to do some weight exercises and then stretch again to end my session? any advice is helpful. tia
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:47 AM   #2
 
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There are mixed opinions about stretching before vs after workouts. Most of the argument against pre-workout stretching is that the muscles aren't warmed up, increasing the risk for a pulled muscle. But that's not the case here, so you should be okay with stretching in between from a physical perspective. I have read some arguments against excessive stretching prior to weights due to possible injuries (muscles can be overstretched as well), but from what you're describing, that does not seem to be the case. (This applies more to serious flexabilty type stetching followed by major high intensity weight lifting).

The other thing that you are doing with the cool down is lowering your heart rate. Again, there's nothing wrong with that, although there are people who prefer to try to keep their heart rate up through an entire workout.

Ultimately, you should be fine doing the cool down either before or after you do the weight training.

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thanks, I appreciate your response!
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:53 AM   #4
 
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If you've stretched, you've relaxed, therefore lengthened your muscles. Essentially, you've decreased your strength for a short while. I used to read a physical therapy blog where they discussed such things (no longer active or I'd post the link). So if you're trying to increase muscle strength with your weights, skip the pre-weight stretch of the muscles you're going to work with weights and stretch after. I wouldn't even bother doing the cool-down unless it feels really good, just jump into the weights. But I'm not a patient exerciser.
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