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Photo: fizkes (Shutterstock) If you’ve been following my stretching journey , this is the part where it starts to get interesting. After establishing a routine , I’ve been starting to think about whether I’m stretching in the most effective way or not. Recently, I tried some new techniques. As I go along, I’m trying to think about stretching in the same way I would think about strength training or any other aspect of fitness that I understand pretty well. If somebody wants the most “optimal” strength training routine, I would tell them to just chill for now, get into a habit, and to just be consistent. It’s not a good idea to get too excited about any one method or guru that claims to have all the answers; chances are they don’t. And there are a lot of gurus in the stretching world. Many of them stand to benefit from making flexibility sound complicated (because then you need their programs to guide you). That doesn’t mean their techniques are bad or wrong, but when I see this sort of thing in the strength or cardio worlds, I know the complexity is superficial. So I’ve been reading about different kinds of flexibility and mobility training and trying to suss out what’s worth listening to. The difference between active, static, and other types of stretching You would think there are only one or two ways of stretching. But there are, in fact, many—and the proponents of each will argue that their […]