I have been thinking about the timing of different types of stretching recently, for example, it seems more and more common to hear that static stretching before warming up or before exercise is a bad idea, and that stretching before exercise can decrease power output.
As a result people seem to be switching to a regimine that starts with a warm up + dynamic stretching, follow with static stretching, or waiting till the end of their exercise before doing static stretching.
However reading this article (https://www.strengthcoach.com/public/1333.cfm) has given me some pause, and I'm reconsidering the place of static stretching in training.
So I wanted to get your thoughts and maybe hear about your experiences with stretching to validate the theories presented in the article such as "The theory is that warm muscle simply elongates and returns to its normal length" (meaning static stretching is cold muscles is better for gaining flexibility).
I also wonder if the idea that "decreased power output" is significant enough that it even matters in a Martial Arts training session? Obviously in the context of weight lifting you want to lift a specific weight, which will likely require maximum power output, losing 5% of your power (arbitrary number I made up) can have a significant effect on the work out, but in M.A does a 5% decrease in power matter so much?