When did I mention textbooks? I'm talking about the correct (effective) way to utilize static stretching to improve ROM.
I said take the muscle to the point where the stretch reflex triggers, that is the limit of it's normal ROM. You can indeed try to physically elongate the tissues, but it's not going to result in much in terms of increased flexibility.
All it's going to do (especially if you are doing it prior to working out, not in a properly warmed-up state and with plenty of resistance from the muscles themselvs) is to either elongate connective tissues like ligaments (which you do not want) and isn't going to be all that effective even at that.
Yup. Which is why it's so rare to see someone who actually exhibits good flexibility.
I've trained with some of the best martial artists in the world, guys who can easily drop down into a splits, lay flat on their legs, pretty much stellar flexibility in all their joints. None of them advocates the second method.
I have read Tsatsouline's book, and he specifically states that the correct way to perform static stretching is the way I mentioned above. It is about telling the nervous system to relax, but it's more of a waiting out the stretch reflex than a telling. So perhaps that's what you meant?
Perhaps, but I would NEVER tell someone to do extreme/weighted stretching prior to working out.
Maybe, but it's not the issue. If you are in legitimate pain while stretching you aren't doing yourself any favors. You should feel tension while static stretching, not pain.
You misunderstood what I wrote. Stretching post workout will be more beneficial because:
1) the muscles are already sufficiently warmed-up, meaning the muscle fibers/connective tissues will have their best ability to be elongated safely and without injury.
2) the muscles themselves are fatigued, meaning less resistance from the stretch reflex
Besides, you aren't after only an acute effect from stretching; you also want a chronic effect. That's why techniques like PNF are superior to the way most people do static stretching, because it's the nervous system that determines ROM more than it is the actual length of the muscles themselves.
By retraining your nervous system to be comfortable with increased ROM's, you increase the ROM that you can comfortably move through.
You keep on believing that all you want. I've seen plenty of evidence to support that the chronic benefits focused stretching method is superior for improving flexibility.
Hey, like I said, if you want to do it, feel free.
Again, there are more ways to stretch than doing static stretching. Doing active flexibility/mobility drills and performing a proper warm-up is an effective way to improve mobility prior to working out that doesn't have the downfalls of static stretching (at that point in the workout).
And that's your choice. I don't and I know lots of other successful coaches that don't either. Do whatever gets results for you I guess.