Ep 102: Is Stretching Dead with Lance Goyke - Rebel Performance Radio

Episode 102

Published on:

5th Dec 2021

Ep 102: Is Stretching Dead with Lance Goyke

Is stretching optimal? I haven’t been a huge fan of stretching for a long time. I think it makes sense in very particular use cases, but I believe there are better alternatives to improve movement. This is why I wanted to bring on my good friend and fellow Rebel Performance coach, Lance Goyke, to help answer a question we are both quite passionate about – is stretching dead? 

We start the episode off by sharing why we have such strong opinions on this topic. As a former athlete, I was always told to stretch when I was feeling “tight”; however, it never made a difference. And sure enough, as soon as I stopped stretching and we stopped stretching our clients, injuries subsided, movement got better, and we alleviated more problems overall.

Lance and I unpack specific cases where we believe stretching does make sense, particularly when you are trying to reclaim your range of motion. We then do a deep dive into other approaches we can use to create meaningful movement change through exercise selection and periodization. Listen in as Lance and I lay out different tactics strategies that we use instead of stretching to improve joint range of motion.

What You'll Learn in This Episode: 

  • [05:38] Background on stretching
  • [09:16] The main goal of stretching
  • [12:20] What’s happening when your muscles feel “tight”
  • [15:02] The problem with the sleeper stretch
  • [16:20] Negative effects of stretching tight muscles
  • [23:00] Optimal coverage of a joint
  • [24:41] Where stretching makes sense
  • [29:58] Posterior hip capsule stretching
  • [33:01] Improving movement and range of motion through exercise selection and periodization
  • [39:15] The need for dissociation of various joints in your body


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Rebel Performance Radio
A podcast for former athletes turned busy professionals looking to optimize their physique, health and performance.
Rebel Performance Radio is a podcast for former athletes turned busy professionals looking to optimize their physique, health and performance. Each week we light your brain on fire with some of the top coaches, athletes, scientists, dudes, and gals on the planet to help you look, feel and perform at your highest level. We talk all things training, nutrition, movement, and lifestyle with a healthy amount of banter, movie quotes, and predator handshakes sprinkled on top. New episodes air every Monday morning. Why not start your week with us?