I know this is a mistake to ask, but here goes...

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    Jul 12, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    OK, I have two fitness questions and one of them is stupid, so I'm prepared for the onslaught of comments.

    Question one is this...

    Do you guys stretch before or after your workouts? I've read conflicting reports about whether to do it before after or not at all. I don't do a lot of stretching but worry a bit about pulling something in the gym if I just hit the bench presses first thing.

    The second question is this: Whats a jock strap for? (Apart from taking pics to put on REALJOCK). It's not the same as a cup that you use to avoid getting your balls damaged, so what's it for?

    I'm thinking of doing some serious running. Should I be wearing a jockstrap?

    And do you wear it under your underwear or instead of underwear?

    OK, let the comments begin. The nicest comment gets a pic of me in my jockstrap ;) lol

    Thanks in advance.
  • qd2009

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    Jul 12, 2011 8:27 PM GMT
    Wow, these are some noob questions I have always wanted to ask. I can't wait to read the responses icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 12, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    Stretching and warm-up can never hurt.

    A jock holds what ya got in place and allows freedom of movement. It's practicality increases exponentially depending on how well endowed you may be - especially if you are into running. There is no reason to wear additional undergarments.

    No pics required. I already know what a dude in a strap looks like!!!

  • jim_sf

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    Jul 12, 2011 8:35 PM GMT
    I'll let somebody else handle your first question.

    canadaguy48_vic saidThe second question is this: Whats a jock strap for? (Apart from taking pics to put on REALJOCK). It's not the same as a cup that you use to avoid getting your balls damaged, so what's it for?

    I'm thinking of doing some serious running. Should I be wearing a jockstrap?

    And do you wear it under your underwear or instead of underwear?


    A jockstrap is there to support your genitals and keep them out of the way while you do other stuff. The main benefit of a jockstrap is that it does this without restricting movement in the hips or thighs; if you wear a jock under other underwear then you'd negate that benefit.

    I'm not a runner, but I know many (male) runners who wear a jockstrap under their shorts or pants.
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    Jul 12, 2011 8:35 PM GMT
    I actually only stretch when I'm in pain, but I know I'm being a bad boy by not stretching.
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    Jul 12, 2011 8:43 PM GMT
    If I run first thing in the morning I stretch for about 10 mins before I leave the house. If I run late in the day, I barely stretch. But I always stretch and cool down for about 15 mins after the run.

    As for the jock, just wear it for fun. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 12, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    Warm up before, stretch after during cool down. Stretching before a workout or run can increase your chances of injury/tear.

    Jockstraps keep your junk outta the way and make your ass look good in athletic shorts.
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    Jul 12, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
    Personally, I find stretching absolutely a must. Not only does it get the blood flowing throughout your muscles before the work out, it also helps your muscles become more toned and shaped. Warm ups and stretching are mandatory before a workout considering you need to get the blood flowing. Imagine just getting off the couch and hitting the gym and just doing the weights, you are going to pull something.
    Stretch -> warm up -> work out -> warm down -> stretch

    that is my usual schedule, and although it may add another 30 minutes to your workout, you will find it to be very rewarding and leaving you feeling refreshed and healthy!

    ganbatte!
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    Jul 12, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
    I only stretch after a workout.

    My coach always told us that stretching before a workout increases your chances of getting hurt. I've read some articles that agree, but there are also articles that recommend stretching before and after.
  • honestsweat

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    Jul 12, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    I stretch, but not that often. I used to stretch more when I was a distance runner and believe that is what saved my hips and knees from becoming toast.

    Basic principles of a jock strap:
    You know how women wear a bra to Support the Girls? And women wear sports bras when they run? Men wear a jock to Support the Boys and keep things in place.

    Definitely about ease of movement.

    Definitely do not need any other undergarment if wearing a jock.

    Definitely needed for running. Keeping things in place while running prevents added strain on the muscles holding things in place.

    And, EVERY ass looks better in a jock.
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    Jul 12, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, for both answers. I really appreciate it.
  • jim_sf

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    Jul 12, 2011 9:03 PM GMT
    honestsweat saidAnd, EVERY ass looks better in a jock.


    Word. Those little straps just frame everything so nicely.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 12, 2011 9:16 PM GMT
    Warm up first,then dynamic stretching,then run/workout,static stretching,cool down.
    This has been my routine for the past five years for distance running.
    As for a jockstrap.....icon_biggrin.gif
  • ohioguy12

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    Jul 12, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    I think compression shorts are the way to go
  • TadPohl

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    Jul 12, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    Warming up and stretching is paramount to keeping your body from injury before a workout.
    Jock straps hold the goodies in place in cardio... especially with well endowed men of men with low hangers.
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    Jul 12, 2011 9:29 PM GMT
    Ok, heres another stupid jock question - where do I buy one? Are they one size fits all?

    Will I be able to figure out how to get it on?
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    Jul 12, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    RunintheCity saidWarm up before, stretch after during cool down. Stretching before a workout or run can increase your chances of injury/tear.


    Word. Warm up before workout good. Stretching bad. Do stretching as its own workout.
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    Jul 12, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    canadaguy48_vic saidOk, heres another stupid jock question - where do I buy one? Are they one size fits all?

    Will I be able to figure out how to get it on?


    You should be able to get them at just about any sporting-goods store. (You can probably also get them through gay-oriented adult shops, but for the most part those aren't meant to be functional in quite the same way.) Most stores stock jockstraps with other protective-type equipment, such as knee braces or athletic tape. The packaging will indicate the size; look for something that fits your waist.

    I suspect you can figure out how to put it on. If not, there's plenty of "inspirational" material out there that shows guys wearing them properly icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 12, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 saidI think compression shorts are the way to go


    Yeah, my thoughts exactly. I always suspect the Gordian Knot that is the jockstrap has more to do with fetishism than comfort.
  • jim_sf

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    Jul 12, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    Mil8 saidI always suspect the Gordian Knot that is the jockstrap has more to do with fetishism than comfort.


    Nowadays, maybe. Compression shorts are a recent invention.
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    Jul 12, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    I wear jock straps because other underwear crawls up my butt during my workout. And I don't like that. If you don't ever do burpees I don't think you'll experience the same problem. They are not very good at keep my junk out of the way for Oly lifts though. But I don't like them too tight so...

    Stretching... I saw a good point that there's a difference between stretching a muscle and a ligament. Undoing/fixing short tight muscles = good, stretching out ligaments so your muscles can stay short and tight = bad.
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    Jul 12, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    There are no stupid questions. But there are stupid answers.

    Stretching - I don't overdo it. One time I pulled a damn shoulder muscle out while stretching. A little walking warms me up just fine.

    There are static and dynamic stretches. I don't bother with either. But dynamics seem easier on the muscles and joints.

    As for jock straps - sorry, not my department.
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    Jul 12, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
    Yes, stretch your jock strap before working out.
    Also, remember to stretch it after it comes out of the dryer. It'll make it less elastic when you put it around your head.
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    jk.
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    Jul 12, 2011 11:25 PM GMT
    jim_stl said
    Mil8 saidI always suspect the Gordian Knot that is the jockstrap has more to do with fetishism than comfort.


    Nowadays, maybe. Compression shorts are a recent invention.


    I know, but I have been working out during the last 30 years, wearing whatever underwear was current at the time, be it y-fronts, tangas, boxer briefs, trunks or whatever. My tackle is none the worse for any of it.
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    Jul 12, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    Like someone else said above....just warm up before a workout. About 10 minutes on an elliptical or stairmaster is perfect. You can also do a temperature warm up by just going in the sauna for a few minutes pre-workout. Save the stretching for afterwards. The only exception I have to make is stretching before running. If I don't stretch my calves out really well before running, I'll get a charlie horse every time.