Building High-Performance Muscle™

The Stretching Roundtable, Part II
with Joe DeFranco, John Paul Catanzaro, and Don Alessi


Last week in Part I the coaches talked about stretching myths and how flexibility affects muscle size and strength. This week they'll delve even deeper into the subject, so warm up your brain, do some dynamic stretches for the frontal lobe, and dig in. 

Shugart:  How should a person stretch before an athletic activity, a sport, or really, really good sex?  Does stretching pre-sport differ from stretching pre-weight training?

Shugart: What do you think, Joe?

DeFranco:

Shugart: Good info! What's your pre-sport routine, Don?


Shugart:  Back to the gym. We've talked about stretching before lifting, but how about after and during? Break it down for us please.

DeFranco:

Shugart: What stretching-related problems do you see the typical experienced trainee having? 

DeFranco:

Catanzaro:

Shugart: How much does age affect stretching and flexibility issues? 

DeFranco:

Shugart: Don, what do you think?

Shugart: How much of flexibility is genetic?  If there is a large genetic element, then how trainable is it? 

DeFranco:

Shugart: What's your take on genetics, Don?

Shugart: Good point about gender. Sum it all up for us, JP.

Catanzaro:

Shugart: Okay, gotcha. But can you ever be too flexible?

DeFranco:

Shugart: Okay, some good info there. You guys may not have agreed on everything, but you certainly cleared up a lot of confusion. Thanks for helping out today. I gotta go stretch!


About the Contributors

Don Alessi is the founder of Alessi Personal Fitness Inc. and the North American Training Certification Ltd. His clients include various professional athletes and a number of hotshot Fortune 500 executives. His specialties are mass development and body transformation. For information on a telephone consultation, e-mail him at D_Strength@hotmail.com or visit his site at AlessiFit.com.

Joe DeFranco's training techniques have become a hot topic worldwide. This did not happen by accident. The training programs Joe develops and the athletes he produces speak for themselves. You can learn more about Joe, his athletes, and his techniques at www.DeFrancosTraining.com.

John Paul Catanzaro, B.Sc., C.K., P.F.L.C., is a certified kinesiologist and professional fitness and lifestyle consultant with a specialized honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Science. He owns and operates a private gym in Toronto, Ontario providing training and nutritional consulting services. For additional information, visit his website at www.BodyEssence.ca or call 416-292-4356. John Paul also has a DVD available with demonstrations of many types of stretches. You can read more about it at his site. 

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