Tips to maintain/improve flexibility while gaining muscle?

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    Jul 27, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
    So I am trying to increase my flexibility but it seems like every time I lift weights it hinders that. For example, when I do legs and lift heavy, I will find that a few hours later, my splits will be even more tighter.

    I have heard that its really hard to stay flexible while building muscle and visa versa. Is this true? Yes, I have seen the bodybuilder on you tube drop into the splits while posing but I am not sure how he did it.

    I have been stretching vigorously after I lift weights in hopes of not tightening up my muscles. But I am curious if this also hinders muscle growth.

    Any tips?

    Thanks Guys.
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    Jul 29, 2010 5:58 PM GMT
    tRY TO include yoga in your routines and always do stretches after a set
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    Aug 12, 2010 10:18 AM GMT
    i know its a tad old but


    DC stretching and also magnificant mobility is a good video to have. also believe it or not i believe its P90x has stretching /yoga video
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    Aug 12, 2010 12:49 PM GMT
    I swear by stretching often (before workouts, in between sets, after workouts, and off days).
    I feel like it's the main reason I've made gains so fast, both in size and definition.
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    Aug 12, 2010 2:36 PM GMT
    d00af_funny-dog-pictures-important-stret
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    Aug 12, 2010 4:03 PM GMT
    The two are in tension, but not impossible to manage. Thick muscles are short. You need to find the balance that works for you. Stretch after lifting and on active rest days.

    I find the modern aesthetic of BIG = beautiful totally off. A few people get away with it and look good (eg François Sagat), but most just look blocky, stocky and squashed. A gymnast type body is MUCH more appealing, and they combine flexibility and strength, but not size.