Stretching for Smarty-Pants

DROM (pronounced “dee rawm”) is short for the schmantzy pants term “dynamic range of movement”. This is in stark contrast to static stretching such as that seen in a yoga class or the good old knee-wrecker, the Hurdler’s Stretch. So, why do we do DROM instead of traditional static stretching before training? Well, the old static stretch before exercise decreases the ability of those muscles stretched to generate strength and power PLUS static stretching appears to increase rates of injury. Strength coaches worth their salt have known this for some 20 years, but it takes significantly longer for the exercise scientists to “prove” what is already in common practice. Prof. Duane Hudson of our very own CSU Chico Kinesiology department was featured in the New York Times a few days ago. This just proves two things:

1-Occasionally the NY Times prints something that is correct. Much like monkeys at typewriters, given enough time, could reproduce to works of Shakespeare.

2-Eventually Academics “prove” what coaches, producing elite performance, have known for decades. Someday, perhaps 20 years from now, someone may prove that Crossfit “works”. Until then I guess we are just flying blind! raspberry

Written by Robb

Robb Wolf posesses a unique perspective of both scientist and athlete as a personal trainer at NorCal Strength & Conditioning. Some of Robb’s athletic achievements include winning the Natural Athletes Strength Association California State Power Lifting Championship at the age of 19 and a 6-0 amateur kickboxing record. Robb is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In addition, he is a USAW Olympic Weightlifting coach, and a certified CrossFit Coach, the highest level of CrossFit training certification, possessed only by a handful of strength & conditioning coaches throughout the world. Robb received his scientific training at California State University Chico where he earned a BS in Biochemistry. From here Robb worked as a research biochemist for 5 years, and includes in his CV lipid metabolism research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as well as Paleolithic Diet research with Prof. Loren Cordain of Colorado State University and author of the book The Paleo Diet. Robb is also a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. Additionally, Robb is co-publisher and editor-in-chief of The Performance Menu.

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1 Comment

  1. as a martial artist who also does crossfit i was wondering what exactly the drom movements were. any help available?

    jim richard