Building on my earlier comment about preventing injuries –
- You don’t necessarily need to stretch before working out - afterwards is best for injury prevention.
- Everyone is different and it will benefit/not benefit/affect everyone differently
- If you’re looking for a reason not to stretch, you’ll probably find one
Most importantly, I had an injury that was 100% due lack of stretching – although I’m a pretty inflexible person, in general.
The injury is known as a bulging disc. I’ve also been hit by a car before while on my bike and spent a lot of time in the hospital.
If you told me I had to repeat either the bulging disc injury or the car collision again, I would absolutely choose the car collision.
Just establish a baseline of flexibility for where you are right now – and then don’t get more inflexible. But depending on how hard/often you workout, you’ll get tighter without stretching…and if you continue to get tighter and tighter, you’ll eventually have an injury.