Interestingly, static stretching deadens the muscle from a neural perspective – diminishing the stretch reflex and reducing peak strength and power. On the other hand, "active flexibility" facilitates muscle contraction and wakens the neural system.
I find it incredible to see some lifters stretch before competition. Preferred approaches could include the nose-to-wall squat where circles are drawn with the nose mobilizing the hips, for example.
The principle is to have the joints in motion and the elongated muscles under neural drive (i.e. not passively stretched). Stiff-legged sled dragging is another very justifiable and effective active flexibility exercise that tunes both active muscle and enhances passive tissues. By this, I mean utilize passive tissue tensions enhanced with appropriate magnitude and timing of stiffening muscle contractions.
I find a general misunderstanding of the passive tissues in the North American culture; they should be tuned and enhanced for performance – not stretched away as if they're the boogeyman! - McGill
I did get it. One of my buddies has stopped by my house the past two days after the gym and asked me to stretch his hammies. The first day, he was very inflexible. The second day, he was a good bit more flexible. He said that because I was stretching him, his hamstrings weren't as short. I didn't think that was right, but he wouldn't want to hear the difference if I told him. People are funny.
From this article I learned that....my legs are short because they are not flexible and they have poor ROM.
I meant the specifics on diets and on...everything, really. I suppose it's the organization, in part, that bothers me. I wish it was more like a textbook. Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Fats each receive 3 pages. But there is a ton of info about them scattered here and there in the book. And it's not extremely scientific.
The other book you mentioned has a catchy title. That is right up my alley. I'll have to check that out. Is it a big book?
Yep, the NSCA book and Knowledge & Nonsense. I'm loving the NSCA book. Knowledge and Nonsense has a lot of good info in it. I'm familiar with the majority of the stuff in it though and I wish it went into more detail. But if I had to do it all over again, I would still buy it. Coach Hale seems like a pretty cool guy. Thanks for the recommendation.