Illustration: Maria Chimishkyan

Test Gym

I Quit Stretching and So Can You

The case against stretching has science on its side

Published in
6 min readSep 23, 2020


I was a devoted stretcher for years. My high school track team began every practice with a ritualized routine of stretches, and all through my college running career, I would never begin a run without bending down to stretch my hamstrings. Until eventually I started looking into the…



Christie Aschwanden

Author of GOOD TO GO: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery (Norton, 2019). Twitter: @CragCrest