Many don’t like warm-ups and therefore wonder if it’s possible to stretch cold muscles and ligaments
➡There is such a thing as “cold stretching”, meaning stretching with a minimal warm-up.
It’s important to know that this technique does not imply absence of a warm-up, only its time is reduced.
So it can’t be called “stretching for the lazy”.
➡Not everyone can practice cold stretching because it has its peculiarities.
You have to know what elements of a warm-up can’t be skipped.
Workout time has to be longer as its intensively has to increase slowly.
No dynamic moves: no kicks or bounces.
Total control of your body and ability to listen to and understand it is vital.
You should be absolutely relaxed and pay attention to your breath.
All of the above can help you avoid injuries during stretching
Even professional athletes use the cold technique very seldom in order not to harm the
If you see someone stretching without a warm-up, most probably it’s a professional
athlete, for whom a split is only the first stage of a warm-up, whereas another person
should workout well before doing it.
Flexibility varies between individuals, so a personalised approach to stretching is
If you were born with tough and inelastic ligaments and tendons, you should better practice stretching after an intensive warm-up.
Cardio, i.e. running, would work best.
The eventual result would be better and an injury risk is reduced.
Practice cold stretching only if you feel that stretching warm muscles and ligaments
doesn’t bring any results.
That may mean that the “cold technique” suits your body better.
This technique can also help reduce the warm-up time.
If you are used to stretching only after an hour of cardio, it would be difficult for you to warm up before a performance.
At first your body would not be responsive, but with time and practice it will start to react faster.