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Stretching has the potential to increase muscle mass by 318%

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We’re not often advocates of Bro Science, but sometimes the weights-bench worshippers stumble upon something, well, spectacular. Research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found intense stretching after working a muscle group has the potential to increase its mass by 318% in 28 days. Arnie employed the protocol en route to Mr Olympia, and it will prove equally effective on your own journey to a better body.

(Related: Boost your strength with stretching)

For supersized success you need to lengthen your fascia, a fibrous sheath surrounding your muscles. As well as protecting your proteinous fibres, the fascia also restricts them. Stretching unlocks those shackles and creates more room for your muscles to expand.

(Related: The beginner’s guide to mobility & stretching)

Reach for a heavy weight and use it to stretch out after you’ve exhausted a muscle group. For example, after working your chest, lie back on a bench and slowly lower the dumbbells to a position that maximally stretches out your pectorals. Hold for 60 seconds, blocking out the pain, and

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