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Old 07-16-2008, 07:30 AM   #1
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Priority Stretches?

So what (if any) stretches do fellow crossfitters deem necessary or the most important to do?
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:37 AM   #2
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Re: Priority Stretches?

Every day: CrossFit warmup which includes many stretches and full-ROM exercises
Every couple days: splits for hamstrings, quad stretching
Sometimes: shoulder stretching to open the shoulders
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:01 AM   #3
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Re: Priority Stretches?

I focus on my hamstrings and hip flexors because they are my weaknesses in terms of flexibility. Unless you are going to spend on lot of time on flexibility, I think choosing two or three tight spots for daily work is the way to go.
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:21 PM   #4
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Re: Priority Stretches?

Hips and shoulders are the deficiency for most new CFers to do CF movements.
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:30 PM   #5
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Roger Harrel's site (wfs) www.skillsanddrills.com has some great info on stretching, what stretches are most important, as well as which are most efficient, since most people don't like doing it and have a short attention span.

His bottom line was to prioritize the hammies and the shoulders, primarily because they're the two most limiting factors for most people. Hamstring stretches were fairly common things that you've probably done before. Shoulders were things like dislocates, skin-the-cats, simple hanging with different grips (there's more).
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:31 PM   #6
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Re: Priority Stretches?

Also the best flexibility gains come from stretching after the WOD, and not before. I've learned that this works very well for myself and I have heard from many martial artists, and gymnasts (Roger Harrel and Steven Low). I also agree with Brandon on where the most vital areas are to stretch if you are a beginner. I would also recommend stretching your groin out by getting into a deep squat and pushing your knees out with your elbows. I got that one from watching a video by Dan John and it has helped me gain a ton of depth when squatting.
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:33 PM   #7
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Whoops Jared you beat me to the punch, I should have just recommended Roger's site. Sorry
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Re: Priority Stretches?

Thanks for the advice guys, this was exactly what I'm looking for as my Shoulders and hips are really tight. would you advise doing these stretches multiple times throughout the day or just after a workout ? gtg i guess?
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Re: Priority Stretches?

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Thanks for the advice guys, this was exactly what I'm looking for as my Shoulders and hips are really tight. would you advise doing these stretches multiple times throughout the day or just after a workout ? gtg i guess?
Do the third world squat all day long. I do it when people are not looking at work. Or I try to do it at home when I feel the need to stretch.

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Thanks for the advice guys, this was exactly what I'm looking for as my Shoulders and hips are really tight. would you advise doing these stretches multiple times throughout the day or just after a workout ? gtg i guess?
Post workout is optimal and really all you need(in my experience)
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