Stretching vs Lengthening.
Are they the same? I would like to separate them into different categories. Wiki says Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon (or muscle group) is deliberately flexed or stretched in order to improve the muscle’s felt elasticity and achieve comfortable muscle tone. Sure you stretch your muscles when you warm-up which increases blood circulation and tells our muscles that we are about to require them to work. But are you lengthening your muscles?
How many of us have tight hamstrings, or shoulders, or hips? How often and how long do you stretch those problem areas? Lengthening muscles requires more time. When you begin this type of stretching, your nervous system will lock the muscles up to protect them from harm. As you hold the tension, your system will eventually relax and let you put more tension on the target muscle. This is when you’re actually starting to elongate the muscle. You should hold this type of stretch for at least a minute each leg (or targeted muscle), preferably two! You should also complete 2 or 3 rounds of this, and preferably 2 or 3 times a day
So there you go! Start lengthening those tight hamstrings. Sure, you’re co-workers will look at you funny as you do an “seated runners stretch” in your cubicle for extended periods of time , but your Crossfit partner will be jealous of your increased deadlift 1RM!