SHOULD YOU STRETCH BEFORE YOUR WORKOUT?
Do you want to maximize your workout or game performance? Try a warm-up instead of a stretch.
While many of us hold the idea of pre-workout stretching as a sacred truth, recent studies say stretching before your workout can not only inhibit your performance, but the practice may also be harmful. “Warming up does more to prepare your body for physical activity than stretching can. You want to increase your body’s’ temperature, loosen your muscles and lubricate your joints before the workout,” says Michael Hughes (pictured), a group exercise instructor at the 92Y May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport. “You don’t want to force your cold body into a deep stretch. That’s a good way to invite injury,” adds Hughes.
Rose Tirado, a personal trainer at the 92Y May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport, also endorses warming-up over pre-workout stretching. Tirado says a warm-up can be performed with cardio exercise equipment such as a treadmill or elliptical trainer. “If my clients don’t have access to aerobic equipment, I tell them to perform dynamic stretching – movements that closely resemble the main activity to be performed,” says Tirado.
Benjamin Verdery, artistic director of our guitar series at 92Y, “is nothing if not steeped in the world of classical guitar, ” wrote WQXR, “But Verdery has a populist streak too.” He stopped by WQXR for their Café Concert series, before his guitar recital at 92Y tonight, where he’ll play works by Albeniz, Bach and Ezra Landerman as well as arrangements of songs by Prince and Elvis Presley! Listen to him play Kiss by Prince, above. (Start at 4:45 mark)
Join Verdery tonight at 92Y. Hear him play at 7:30 pm and enjoy a pre-concert interview composer Ezra Laderman at 6:30 pm.
Fashion industry legend Fern Mallis (she created Fashion Week in New York City in 1993) is the commencement speaker and recipient of the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Fashion Institute of Technology today. You can watch the live stream here.
Fern is family to us as the moderator for 92Y’s Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis series, featuring in-depth interviews with Calvin Klein, Norma Kamali, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Polly Mellen, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Vera Wang, and Suzy Menkes. Here’s a YouTube playlist of highlights. On June 6, she’ll interview Oscar de la Renta at 92Y.
Nice photo of Benjamin Verdery at WNYC’s Soundcheck studios just about 30 minutes ago. Don’t worry if you missed it, they will rebroadcast the segment on May 22 at 9 pm!
You can see him at person at 92Y on May 23.
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make. —
Truman Capote (via davidkendall)
Perhaps this will be music to your ears: Truman Capote reading Breakfast At Tiffany’s at 92Y in April 1963.
Dancers with Tyron Entertainment currently rehearsing in our dance studio. (via)
If you’re a choreographer, or know someone who is, learn about our Harkness Space Grant Program.
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