Static stretching exercises are different than dynamic stretching exercises. With dynamic stretching, you use continuous movement throughout the exercise to gain muscle flexibility. With Static stretching a stretch is held in a position for an extended period of time. I recommend “dynamic stretching” prior to exercise and “static stretches for post workouts.
Dynamic stretching exercises are much more effective in “warming” up your muscles and promoting blood flow. By doing so, you prevent injury to those “cold” muscles. During dynamic stretches, the muscles are lengthened and released quickly. That allows your muscles to release effectively, helping you gain more range of movement with each repetition, In addition, dynamic stretches are much more comfortable to do than static stretches because the muscles are not held in one position for an extended period of time. Think about when you try stretching a muscle too long, too far, it’s painful. Unfortunately most people tend over-stretch when doing static stretches to cold muscles. So practice dynamic stretching exercises prior to working out and save the static stretches for cool downs!