Every time you contract a muscle fiber you are shortening it. If your goal is to have long lean muscle fibers instead of short stalky muscle fibers, then you must balance contracting with lengthening. Yoga, Ballet, Pilates and Static Stretching all have movements that focus on lengthening the muscle fibers. Five minutes of stretching at the end of a workout is not enough to lengthen your muscles or improve your range of motion. Try a full hour or 45 minutes of lengthening. Lengthening a muscle fiber is work and you will have muscle soreness the next day. You are still tearing down muscle fiber, but you are tearing down to lengthen the muscle, instead of tearing down to shorten, as in most cardio or strength training workouts.
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