To Stretch or not before you workout?

There maybe a lot of different saying for this. Like for a very flexible gymnast for example, stretching will be their basic warm up, however for us who don’t stretch frequently is stretching really good before your workout?

1,2,3,4 …… Strechhhhhh

1. Static stretching causes mirco tear to your muscle if your muscle is really tight. Your muscle is weaken even before the training this could increase your chances of injury!

2. After doing your static stretches it doesn’t mean you are warmed up for your workout! Instead after a static stretch you actually pull blood out of your muscle.

3. Often people who experience a tight lower back for example, they will do a static stretch on the back. But often the case for a tight back is actually due to your leg muscle pulling and you get it in the back. Stretching in that area may help to release the tension of that muscle for that moment making you feel better but the main issue is not solve and it gives you the false impression that you are ready for a workout. So if you feels alright and head on for your workout, BAM!

So i dont recommend a stretch before workout but i will suggest doing a myofascial release by using foam rolling technique. (which iron fitness singapore do before all their workout)

Trigger Point workshop
Trigger Point workshop

So is static warm up totally useless? No, Static stretching is great after you finish your workout! When your muscle is tight and you want to lengthen and relax the muscle fiber back to it original state! So next time when you want to warm up for a workout, why not try foam rolling.

Training with harun brunei legend at fitness first paragon


Shoulder and bicep day with harun from brunei. He who is a mega gym, supplement and food chain owner in brunei, trains champion in brunei! Every year he will send a group of people to compete all over the world! Like the recent Shawn roden classic and the up coming Ronnie Coleman classic which I will be going to have a look!

So impress with his stamina and strength for a person at his age , no wonder he gain so much respect in brunei! While we are training everyone in the gym just wanna have a look at him.

Today we did a front shoulder and bicep workout. Yes! He split the shoulders up we only did front shoulder!! He said this is how they do it in brunei, 2 training session everyday!

Repetition is just a number, we do to failure and we train hard core. That is the mindset of champion. If your mind is weak, don’t train with me. So we go 10 reps 20 reps and harun say 10 more! So I kept pushing on. This is real, this is hard core. Muscle was so pumped at the end of every set. Veins popping everywhere. Harun don’t go thru the full range of motion but he keeps the tension there. Going back and fore tearing every single muscle fiber and going to failure. This is the old school way of training.

He also advice me on doing sprinting as cardio, sweating out after every session will be healthy for you!

So keep in mind people. Go hard or go home! your mind shape your body, nothing else can help you. Train hard, eat good, sleep well that is all that matters.

Some posing practice.