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Fit Tip: Stretch Between Strength-Training Sets

I'm always looking for ways to optimize my gym time, and lately I've come up with a clever tip I want to share. It forces you to rest between strength-training sets, and it cuts down on the time you spend on your cool-down stretches.

Here's how it works. Do your cardio before your strength training, but rather than stretching after the cardio, go straight into your weight routine. Then, use the time when you're resting between weight-lifting sets to do your stretching. For instance, while you're resting between bicep curls, you can stretch your quads, or when you take a break on the leg press, take a moment to stretch your deltoids.

Just make sure you only stretch the muscles you're done using; so don't stretch your triceps until you're done with your triceps extensions and dips, and so on. However, if you stretch as you go, it will really cut down on your cool down at the end of your gym session, and you can get out the door faster. Do any of you do this? If so, tell me about your routine below.


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shelleybaby32 shelleybaby32 9 years
i never know who to believe! one says strength train before another after. i wish you people would get your facts straight
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great tip!
pookietrue pookietrue 9 years
I always stretch between sets, but why should you only stretch muscle groups you are done lifting with?
drifter1 drifter1 9 years
This is a terrible idea. Anybody who has done any research knows that strength-training should come BEFORE cardio. You will never burn fat and tone effectively the other way around.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I sort of do this, but never really thought about it. I just always felt like sitting there not doing anything between sets was a waste of time! and oh how i love stretching
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
That is a GREAT tip Fit! I am going to try it tonight! Usually I try and stretch between my strength routine already but you definatly soaked me in! Especially with the whole saving gym time thing!
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