^^^ I’m glad it works for your clients. I’d suggest they keep doing what works. I’m an old fucker, who, in another life, was a collegiate springboard diver and later a professional highdiver who spent hours on end static stretching because he was told that was the way to improve “flexability,” which is an absolute requirement in those sports. IMO, and based experience, that was largely a waste of time, and almost all of the improvements I made to my “flexability” came from either active mobility work or using stretching techniques that allowed the muscle to relax during the stetch, which doesn’t happen by simply “stretching till you want to cry.” I’m convinced active mobility work is where its at. But there’s more than one way to skin a cat and if you think static stretching is the way to go, knock yourself out. I’m still convinced spending a bunch of time static stretching is largely a waste of time. [/quote]
Fair enough. I do think that powerlifters and everyone as they get stronger and better in their sport have to keep adapting. I think think that if you drop static stretching completely for a while like a good amount of lifters do then incorporating it can still help. I think the main issue comes with the ability to stretch the stronger muscles later, as they need more motivation to hit end range at a particular joint angle (my main stretching focus, stretch the muscle from different angles), or if you are very flexible, like in your case as a diver. Static stretching probably wont help a yoga instructor, ballerina or a diver (sorry, im counting your flexibility in that category, but you know its up there).
Powerlifters, especially raw guys are fairly flexible, in SOME aspects, but not all of them, far from. If you cant perform the basic lifts without compensation at submax weight, thats a huge problem. Later, even with good form, you are likely going to develop imbalances, some of which are best worked with static stretching. Think of the hip and shoulder internal rotators as an example