Stretching and Strength Exercises: reps, sets, and timing.

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    Feb 04, 2008 3:14 AM GMT
    I was reading Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff by Jim Johnson to my mother who has fallen and torn hers (she is also being treated by a couple of drs, so dont worry that we are performing surgery at home icon_lol.gif ).

    In the book, Johnson discusses research studies he has reviewed concerning how many times a day and for how long one should do stretches, and how many reps and sets one should do for strength exercises.

    I was quite surprised at his conclusions from the studies he reviewed.

    Stretching: The most effective stretch regimen is a "30-seconds stretch done one time a day, five days a week." Stretching for 60 seconds or twice a day doesnt do any better.

    Strength Exercising: Doing one set of an exericse is just as good as doing three sets of an exercise.

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    Feb 04, 2008 4:15 AM GMT
    So, I don't have to do 3 sets of 15 reps of the dreaded leg press!! Thanks Caslon for the info!!
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    Feb 04, 2008 4:23 AM GMT
    Any one willing to test this out? I have my doubts...
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    Feb 04, 2008 11:53 AM GMT
    Mmmmm, interesting. Several times, I've injured my rotator cuff by being a desk jockey and the poor position of my arm/shoulder for extended periods of my day. It's not pleasant. Ibuprofin, rest, and slow recovery is what brings it back. It's a peculiar mechanism of the body.

    Before we all move to doing single sets of each exercise, I'd like to see several sources support that line of thought. It's not that I doubt this source, per se, but it does seem to go against conventional wisdom in this area.