It was back in ’92 when I became aware of a trainer called John Parrillo. He was the trainer behind the huge successes or the start of many stars’ journeys, including Linda Murray, Lee Labrada, and Mike Ashley.
One of his early clients I was very interested in was the top natural in the world back then, Skip Lacour.
I was in awe of Skip and tried to find out as much as I could about him. Eventually Skip wrote for a magazine I produced years later called Natural Press. But that’s another story.
We had a guy that trained at my gym called Kurt – an awesome guy that was a Chiropractor from Canada, and was living and working here in the UK for a spell.
We became good friends and I loved hearing stories from his travels.
One day we got to talking about Skip and how a few years ago Kurt had worked for Parrillo. What!!!
I was all ears.
He told me of how he use to see Skip being put though his paces at their headquarters and how much stretching Parrillo used to do with his clients.
Well I studied up on everything Parrillo and adopted what I found useful to myself and my clients over the years.
I can say hand on heart that since ’92 I have stretched between sets and with every client I have trained since then.
Now don’t get in a panic, thinking how the hell am I going to add this in to my training.
Easy – I will produce a video showing my favourite stretches between sets and for before and after training.
All I want to do here is give you the heads up on it and some benefits.
The benefits of stretching for a trainer are huge. Let me give you a few here.
Not only will stretching aid recovery between sets, allowing you to in-turn have a harder workout – equaling more gains. But done when your aching from hard training, can and will aid recovery. Quicker recovery – quicker into gain zone.
Stretching tight tired muscles (once a little warm up blood is flushed through) seems the most natural thing in the world to do.
So do it.
Growth Of Stubborn Areas
Fascia tissue covers every bundle of muscle we have. In time the sheath of tissue becomes hard and tight. Past injuries and knocks to the body as well as spending time with bad posture can lead to this tissue being like a steel case over the muscle.
So here is what you do.
When your working a body part and its pumped – stretch it between every set.
As time goes on you will find you can do this fairly hard and have a good range of motion. Can you see by that – how much you have opened up the fascia tissue? What will that do for growth and look of the muscle?
How much more detail and separations between the muscle will you show?
Also you have now a greater range of a safe working motion.
This will increase growth and there is less chance of injury, because you are far more flexible.
Not to mention a huge pump when training, as your opening up tightness allowing more blood flow.
All it takes is a few minutes added to your training and a few seconds between sets.
It’s as simple as stretching between uprights on the bench between sets of chest.
I will video a full body part stretching session for you to use when training in the next instalment here.
‘Til then look after YOU.