WRITTEN BY Liz Hilliard of Hilliard Studio Method
As reported in Self Magazine, sculpting your muscles through strength and resistance training gives you much more than a sleek physique and a high metabolism, it increases flexibility. A study out of the University of North Dakota in Grand Folk found that people who strength trained three times a week became just as flexible (and in some cases more) than those who only stretched three times a week. The thought is when you work the muscle with resistance, it heats up from the inside out and becomes more malleable than a cold muscle or a muscle heated from the outside temperature.
In Hilliard Studio Method class we do both – first heat up the muscle using weights, bands and/or weighted balls, and then immediately stretch the muscle after it’s worked, as well as again at the end of class. Our goal is to help you create the leanest, longest, most supple body possible.