Stretching should be a part of any healthy exercise routine. I know this. I’ve been told this…I’ve just finished doing a bazillion squats and Daniel says, “Good. Where do you feel that?”
“My legs,” I answer. Duh.
“But which part of your leg?”
“Oh. My calves.”
“Are you stretching like I showed you?”
“Uh huh,” I lie.
He cocks his head and looks down at me, making me feel shorter than my 5’4 frame. Sometimes I really hate tall people. “Really?” he asks dubiously.
“I stretch never,” I say, flashing an energetic smile.
“I know,” he says flatly, “because if you did you would feel your quads and not your calves. When you skip stretching you can’t get full range of motion.”
Oh, blah, blah, blah. Stretching is time consuming.
“You need to stretch for at least ten minutes in the sauna before we train.”
“Is that before or after the 30 minutes of cardio?”
I’m doing mental calculations of everything I have to do. 50 minutes of cardio in the morning followed by 16 minutes of abs (but that’s up for debate – he says it should take 16 minutes but it takes me 30 minutes,) then come back later and do 30 minutes of cardio plus now 10 minutes of stretching and then 50 minutes of weights and holy hell that’s a lot of time at the gym! I must be making quite an expression on my face because he reads my mind without me asking anything aloud.
“Lisa, the closer you get to the competition the more time you are going to spend at the gym. It becomes a time management game. But you really need to stretch so you don’t hurt yourself.”
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