Updated: Jun 3, 2020
There is a lot of confusion surrounding the different types of stretching. Today, let's discuss the 4 most common types you will often hear fitness professionals reference:
💠 STATIC VS. DYNAMIC
A STATIC stretch is HELD in a stretch position for an extended period of time.
In contrast, a DYNAMIC stretch involves MOVING THROUGH A RANGE OF MOTION. In both situations, you should feel challenged but comfortable.
💠 ACTIVE VS. PASSIVE
In ACTIVE stretching, you are using only the STRENGTH OF YOUR MUSCLES: specifically, the opposite/antagonist muscles to the ones you want to stretch (for example, if you want to stretch the hamstrings, you will contract the quadriceps).
In contrast, a PASSIVE stretch would INVOLVE OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE to get you into a similar position — examples include using muscles other than the opposite/antagonist ones (grabbing your leg with your arms and pulling it towards you), props (straps, stretching devices, etc.), or even another person (like your FLEXSPACE instructor).
While we employ all of these types of stretching in our classes, FLEXSPACE instructors give preference to dynamic and active stretching. We firmly believe in improvement through movement, and want to make sure your newfound flexibility and mobility ranges can be applied in your everyday life.
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