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Weightlifting and Flexibility

When it comes to flexibility, weightlifting is a definite no. Isn’t it a myth? It is thought that when one becomes muscle bound it leads to less flexibility. Nothing could be farther from the truth. “Typically, strength training increases ankle flexibility and shoulder mobility in some. When it comes to shoulder flexibility the type of strength training matters: Olympic weightlifters and gymnasts have extremely flexible shoulders. On the other hand, power lifters tend to have limited shoulder joint flexibility or mobility. Part of that is due to the size of their chest muscles and part is task-specific. They need stiffer shoulder joints to bench press more weights” says Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove in the book titled The New Rules of Lifting.

So, the best strategy to train while increasing your flexibility is lifting through a full range of motion. Also, to include a variety of movements, but taking into consideration the joint health involved in training a vast array of movements

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