What's The Difference: Static vs. Dynamic Stretching
Stretching is essential when it comes to improving your dancing skills. It helps improve your range of motion over time and keeps your muscles healthy and strong. Which helps make your routine appear more beautiful and effortless on stage.
There are two types of stretches: static and dynamic. Have you seen people do both and wondered if there is a difference?
Static stretching is when you stay in a specific position for about 10-30 seconds. You want to feel a bit of tension - nothing painful or uncomfortable - when doing this type of stretching. You'll want to hold it for a minimum of 10 seconds, but no longer than 30 seconds. Any longer, you’ll be tiring out your muscles before it has a chance to perform.
Your muscles will thank you for static stretching, as it helps improve your flexibility and range of motion. It helps stretch and activate your joints and muscle recovery after class. Dancing every day can have your muscles feel stressed and tense. It'll help relieve some tension and minimize next day fatigue - when done right!
Dynamic stretching is a type of movement-based stretch that helps you get into the full range of motion. It's great for loosening tight muscles and joints before getting on the dance floor. It involves moving various parts from one position into another, so there is no static hold.
You'll be putting more energy into your movements instead of your joints. Over time, it'll help improve increased muscle endurance and speed.
Static Stretching vs. Dynamic Stretching: When To Do it?
There are many opinions on how to warm up, but including any form of stretching before class will help prevent you from dancing to your full potential and prevent possible injury.
Since dynamic stretching is movement-based, it's best to do before class. It gives you the full range movement stretch you need; while also loosening up and preparing your muscles and joints. Then after class, do static stretching. This will help more towards tense and stressed muscles and helps with muscle recovery.
When you start incorporating stretching in your routine, you'll notice your jumps, landing and steps look smoother. When your body is warmed up, you are ready to hit the dance floor!
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