Exercise – Introduction to Stretching

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Fitness expert Margie Weiss discusses the importance of stretching before your workout.

    Margie Weiss

    Margie Weiss has been in the fitness industry all of her life, having been a national gymnast as a child, and mother/trainer to three international athletes. Owner-coach of MG Gymnastics, her team produced international stars for 15 years. Former owner of 2 Gold's Gym franchises, Margie is also a certified personal trainer, specializing in youth sports conditioning. She has trained international athletes, including her children. Her son, Michael, is a 2-time US Olympic figure skater and 3-time US National Champion. Currently, she is GGX (Group exercise director & instructor) for 3 Gold's Gyms, where one of her programs boasts 500 classes per month; she supervises 175 instructors. Having published many articles in the fitness field, she enjoys seeing progress in each of her participants. But the things that makes her most proud of the lives she has affected are her 5 grandchildren, all of whom live very close. Seeing their smiles makes every day worth smiling about!

    Margie Weiss: My name is Margie Weiss; I have been in the fitness industry for about 38 years. I have been a National Champion in Gymnastics, I have owned my own gyms and I have been an Aerobics Director, the Group Fitness Director for number of gyms. I am also a Personal Trainer. I train a lot of young athletes and I have noticed that the one thing that they tend not to do which they should is stretch. There are three forms of fitness; Cardio, Strength and Flexibility. Its one-third of the fitness components, and it needs to be done everyday no matter whether you are aged two or 90, whether you are an international level athlete or the general public, you still need to stretch. The main reason for that is injury prevention.

    It also helps to increase your range of motions so that if you want to get stronger you also need to become more flexible. So, without further due we are going to start on basic stretching.