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Is it safe to work on my flexibility while simultaneously lifting weights?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Probably not, but there are no data that says one way or another.

No, attempting to increase muscle length or range of motion at a joint while loaded (such as during the downward motion of chest press) is not a safe approach. It is much safer and of considerable more benefit, to focus on increasing muscle length and/or joint range of motion during the flexibility (warm-up and/or cool-down) portion of the workout. This involves stretching a muscle and holding the stretch for 30 seconds without external resistance or weights.

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