Walk into a gym and you're guaranteed to see at least one guy who looks like he can't move his upper body. We're sure he can lift a lot of weight, but he is the opposite of athletic.
"One of the things I deal with at the collegiate level are athletes who say they cannot train heavy because they will get tight," states Stephen Gamma, a strength coach and athletic trainer.
But fear not, lifting heavy won't make you stiff and immobile.
In fact, strength training at a full range of motion is highly effective at increasing flexibility and mobility. Several recent studies have found that strength training, when performed correctly, can increase range of motion equal to, and in some cases greater than, static stretching.
What do we mean by "performed correctly"?
Well, if you only do exercises to build your mirror muscles, refuse to perform exercises through a full range of motion, and don't do any sort of mobility and soft tissue work, then yea, you could become big, bulky and tight.
But if you avoid those common mistakes, strength training should actually help you become more mobile, not less.
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