Reps for Stretches?

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  • Maladignia
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    I look at the images to determine if it is a 'hold' or a 'move'. If there's a to and from image then you should be moving and reps make sense. If it is just one image then it is a hold. However, sometimes the titles below the images can be misleading, stating plurals for a hold for example. I usually take the image as a guidance. But if a hold feels better than a move, I just do that.
    As to 'holding a while' versus 'bouncing/moving'; I don't know what is best for flexibility. I let the Darebee team do that kind of thinking for me. ;-)

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  • CaptainCanuck
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    They are designed like reps, but my personal modifications is to just do a count for however many reps are listed.

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  • thinman
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    They look like yoga style stretching, which are done with the breath. Sometimes using a timer is better than reps, I find reps tend to make you speed up to get them done. In my tai chi studio days we would do each stretching style for 10 mins, moving with the breath.

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  • kandy
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    I think these are meant to be dynamic stretching, as opposed to static stretching which is the type that you mention.

    I am not an expert in stretching but my experience is that dynamic stretches help my joints stay loose and me feel good in general, and staying loose is part of what flexibility is about. Chest expansion is a really good example. As you swing your arms far back you should feel a stretch at the shoulder-chest joint unless you don't have any tightness there.

    You can actually improve your range of motion if you do dynamic stretches frequently enough. Just imagine as you do more and more chest expansion, your arms should be able to swing backward more and more.

    Here's an Darebee article on stretching: https://darebee.com/fitness/stretchi...exibility.html

    If it still feels odd to call it "stretching" then just see it as "moving." Chances are that day is meant to be an active rest day.

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  • LongSlowBurn
    started a topic Reps for Stretches?

    Reps for Stretches?

    So I'm running through the 30 Days of Strength program right now and am on Day 8 (https://darebee.com/programs/30-days...owall=&start=8). There's a set of stretches that don't look that complicated, but I'm seeing something I've noticed before. How does one do a stretch with "reps"? Are these just the listed stretches as a basic exercise? The impression I've always had is that stretches need to be held for a length of time, without bouncing, to actually improve flexibility. Am I wrong about that? Or should I be doing these as "count" style, where I hold for the listed reps in seconds?
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