see i was always told to stretch after and not before. hence why i made my post. the bro's at my gym go way overboard with it. it's rather silly.
i need to get a good stretching routine after i lift.
I think everyone is told that. Might come from PE teachers in school.... Don't know. It's just one those things, you're told it from such a young age and from so many people that you don't question it. It makes sense only because that's what we've always knew. But it doesn't have much logic, there is a little, but it's just theory. Kind of like how people at some point (allegedly) believed the world was flat.
Even stretching after a workout, people generally think you NEED to 'cool down' and you NEED to stretch. But, why?
Why even stretch at all? Most people don't really know why they should stretch or why they do stretch, they just think they 'should'.
I was just stirring it up a little btw, since it's Friday. I know exactly the 'type' you mean and it does make me roll my eyes (to say the least).
Personally I think you should just stretch what's tight. If it's not tight, don't stretch it. I think dynamic stretching(movements) has far more value than static stretching but I think both should be used. I also think that not much will happen from stretching post workout - it doesn't really do anything. Post workout you get a false sense of flexiblity because you're warmer and looser and have been moving around a lot. I would rather get at the muscle (with a stretch) in it's more natural tight state.