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By constantly working muscles and strengthening your tendons through intense and heavy resistance exercise, you can significantly increase your overall flexibility. Being consistently active and engaging in exercises that include multijoint movements flush the soft tissues that surround joints with blood. This helps increase your flexibility.
Lifting heavy weights without stretching first can put undue stress on your joints and increase inflammation, leading to reduced flexibility. An increase in muscle mass—the addition of bigger and denser muscles hanging off your bones—may also limit your range of motion.
We recommend you stretch before lifting. But even if you didn’t stretch at all, you can still improve your flexibility with strength training by itself.
Be sure to add in more functional and full-body exercises, which take your joints through a full range of motion, to your routine to ensure that you’re getting the full flexibility benefits of lifting weights. You’ll be more limber and have healthier joints and an overall improved musculoskeletal system.