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Thread: Caveman didn't "stretch" (did they?)...if not, why do we?

  1. #11
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    Jun 2011
    Los Angeles
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    yeah, i work a desk job (like most of us?), and then go to the gym after work a few times a week. if tried to squat serious weight without doing some hip openers first, that would be bad news.

    the other thing is that lots of the movements i do - take overhead squats as an example - require a type of mobility that you need to train. i'm not sure cavemen did overhead squats, and i don't really care, as i like 'em.

  2. #12
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    Dec 2012
    I imagine that wrestling reindeer features every single conceivable type of exercise and weight-lifting form at some point in the scrap.
    "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

    Jack london, "Before Adam"

  3. #13
    google "grok hangs" and see a post that Mark did about stretching.

  4. #14
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    Jul 2012
    Don't you ever just stretch because it feels good?? I mean... when I wake in the morning I stretch. If I feel a bit stiff I stretch. This isn't a "routine" it's just something one does because it feels good!

    Cats and dogs certainly stretch... rodents stretch...I guess other animals stretch too (these are just ones I see stretch regularly!!).

  5. #15
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    Mar 2011
    Quote Originally Posted by Egerland View Post
    Being human, I imagine that Grok and his buds argued about stretching also. For myself, I've observed "serious" athletes doing elaborate stretch routines and just laugh. I do some pretty intense bike rides for my age, and rarely stretch. Sometimes I need to during a ride to loosen up a tense spot, but that's it. Extreme exertion is another matter - I try to stretch afterwards so I won't have to hobble around for a couple of days after.
    However, as a biker, your range of motion is limited by your bike- you will never stretch your muscles beyond what the mechanics of the bike allows. Running and a lot of other activities don't have that restriction built in.

  6. #16
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    Apr 2012
    Concord, CA
    Sitting in a yoga squat (Grok Squat) either to poop or as a comfortable resting positioned certainly opened up their hips. They propably stretched, as I we all do from time to time, just because it feels good. Most importantly they constantly moved in a functional way through full ranges of motion, lifting, sprinting, bending to gather, swimming and playing which probably maintained an adequate level of flexibility.

  7. #17
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    HopelessDreamer (may I rename you: HopeFULdreamer? ), thank you for the tip - I will do a search on that! And...thanks to everyone for the input! Again, all good points and I appreciate the variety of vantage points .

    Happy Groking!!!

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