How to maintain flexibility while building muscle?


#1

I’ve been really ramping up my lifting trying to get stronger but I’ve noticed that as I put on more muscle mass I tend to lose flexibility. Any pitcher knows flexibility is an integral part of velocity. My question is aside from the sleeper stretch, what else should I be doing to make sure I stay flexible in my legs and arm?


#2

When I was in the middle of my training and ramping up the strength training, I always felt like I got more flexible as I added strength, not less. Add Active Isolated Stretching post-workout like the rope routine I’ve got in TUFFCUFF in the Regeneration section. Or you can Google AIS stretching.


#3

Stay away from machines, lift free weights.


#4

What do you think about cable exercises?


#5

Do stretches before workout.


#6

How does this increase flexibility vs stretching afterward or on off days?


#7

Cable exercises are fine, another tool.
What sort of work do you do on a cable machine?


#8

I use cables almost every time I go to the gym (except leg day). I do cable rows a lot. I like rope extensions on the cables for triceps, as well as cable curls with various attachments and grips.


#9

They are fine.
In terms of flexibility free weights/bar bell work is better because it gives a range of motion that machines don’t. When I say machines I mean isolation body building machines…curl machine ect.