X Gymers are busy people, so we are great at condensing the workouts while Xpanding the benefits and results, but did you know we are also Xperts at stretching routines?
Most X Gymers don’t stretch. And maybe they don’t need to. Flexibility is built-in to the X Gym workout, so people do become more flexible with time, but what about those who want Xtra flexibility work, or have a limited range of motion they would like to Xpand?
We have an Xcellent answer for that too, and it only takes 4 minutes!
Flexibility science has shown us stretching is best done after a workout, while you are warm, as you are cooling.
For an Xpress routine, follow the stretches below, holding each position for 30 seconds, with a hearty stretch, but never to the point of pain (in the muscle or joint).
⇣ Quad stretch ⇣ Pull the foot toward the butt and the knee back. Hold 30 seconds per leg.
⇣ Hamstring stretch ⇣ Lean forward and reach down the straight leg. Hold 30 seconds per leg.
⇣ Low back stretch ⇣ Reach out to feel the lats stretching and the low back. Hold 1 minute.
⇣ Pec stretch ⇣ With the arm flat against a wall, turn your body away from the wall. Hold 30 seconds per arm.
And there you have it! Basic stretch plan #1, done in 4 minutes.
P.S. Research shows that post Xercise stretching can augment strength gains by as much as 15%, so it might be worth your time for that reason too, even if you aren’t doing it for flexibility reasons.