Camz03 saidI'm asking because I don't know where I stand on this... Some say it is crucial and others say it doesn't matter... I suppose I haven't really done it in the past because it takes up even more time. I know it's not beneficial to stretch statically between sets at least...
Have you guys ever heard of the muscle shortening and losing its ability to contract if you don't stretch?
Do you stretch between sets?
Do you stretch after a workout?
If anyone had a useful link that would be great.
I could answer this in so many ways. First, you're stretching not only for your body today but your body tomorrow. Every look at anyone at the age of 60 with disc herniations, poor joint circulation, arthritis, dowager's hump, etc. and seen the amount of pain they're in? Intelligent stretching now will set your body up for the long run. That's just one.
I've had a lot of students who are intense weight lifters who stretched so little when they were gaining mass, they can't even straighten their arms. Furthermore, their chest, shoulder girdle, and intercostals are so tight they have difficulty breathing.
Shall I go on? Those are just two of many.
Also, as some of said, stretching can lead to injury which is true. But just as with body building, if you do it intelligently and are guided by some one who KNOWS THE BODY WELL (not some punk who's practiced yoga one year and took a two week teacher training in Costa Rica but a professional), you can either greatly enhance your state or destroy it.