Usually, when we think about stretching it’s for sports or “activities” such as running.
Well, sure enough, if you’re getting into strength training (that is, lifting weights) then you definitely want to consider some form of stretching.
There are varying schools of thought on this, and it depends on what your goals are. If you’re looking to just get into a rhythm at the gym, and you’ve been sedentary for a long time, then stretching beforehand (warm-up) is a good idea. You won’t get the full benefit from your strength exercise if you stretch them before, but if you’re just getting started on your strength training journey then a warm-up to avoid injury is a good idea.
Next, if you are looking to maximize your results from the strength training, then doing some stretching after lifting is the way to go. Specifically, do some intense stretches that last 30-60 seconds…
I’m not expert, so do yourself a favor and look into “intense stretching of the trained muscle” and see how it can fit into your routine. This is something I want to try out eventually, but for now I’m happy just to get warmed-up!
As always, knowing your goals and staying consistent will go a long way in the long run!