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Old 10-30-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default Chronic Stretching To Increase Muscle Length

Apparently chronic stretching can convert tendon into muscle fibre (done with burn victims)

I'm wondering if it would aid in bodybuilding?

Anyone who does this?
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:04 AM   #2
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The only study I have seen was a 4 week study in which there was no notable muscle length differences.


Chronic stretching and voluntary muscle ... [J Strength Cond Res. 2008] - PubMed - NCBI
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A trainer back in the day called Parillo was a big believer in stretching between worksets.
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Tendons are tendons, muscles are muscles. Neither will convert to the other. Just like it's impossible to convert fat to muscle. You may be able to lower one, and raise the other, but fat will never just become muscle.

The way stretching works in a simple explanation is, if you keep stretching a muscle, it will become damaged just like if you lift weights. The difference is a burn victim or other patient may not have the strength to lift any weight. So by having a patient or assister stretch the muscles and damage them, they heal, just like with weight training. With the healing comes growth; Obviously, weights do more damage and return more muscle, but it's start from nowhere to regain some physyicality.

FST-7 works in a similar way, by keeping the muscles and fascia around the muscle stretched, there is more room for growth. You don't get overnight results with either, but as mentioned, it is step one in a healing process.
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Tendons are tendons, muscles are muscles. Neither will convert to the other. Just like it's impossible to convert fat to muscle.
^ Yup, it's astounding how many "doctors" and other people try to convince us that it is possible...the lack of knowledge on human anatomy is truly amazing at times.


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Apparently chronic stretching can convert tendon into muscle fibre (done with burn victims)

I'm wondering if it would aid in bodybuilding?

Anyone who does this?
Frankly, why would half the people bother anyway; I'd hazzard a guess that a very high percentage of bodybuilders, particularly newcomers to the sport, haven't got anywhere near their possible max size through normal training practices alone...after that potential has been reached, is the time to hit the more off-the-wall stuff, IMO; in the meantime, train.
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