Flexibility is the element of fitness that gives your body the range of motion it needs to perform well during your workouts. If you lack optimal range of motion, you will not get the most out of your workout.
Optimal range of motion allows you to get deeper into the exercise, which means greater results. And isn’t that why you signed up for this in the first place? Think a partial squat versus a regular squat: which one do you think will be more effective?
All of that being said, flexibility is also the one component of fitness the majority of people tend to ignore.
By working with you in one-on-one and by suggesting some great stretches for you to do, we can start building really strong foundations for your development through your mobility program.
- Flexibility assessment when you first start
- Personalized flexibility program designed to improve posture and increase range of motion
- Stretching sheet that you get to keep
- Different variations of stretches to avoid monotony
- Stretch modifications where needed
I’m not very flexible. Where do I begin?
Not to worry: when we first start out, we will assess your flexibility. One thing to remember is that everyone’s flexibility will be different based on their genetic make-up. Not everyone can do the splits, no matter how hard they try. Age is also a factor, as we tend to lose elasticity in our joints and muscles as we advance through life.
If you’re not very flexible to begin with, this actually makes stretching even more important! In our lives, we perform a lot of tasks that limit the range of motion in our joints, and shorten our muscles: sitting for long periods of time, hunching over a computer or a cell phone, you name it. That’s why we get lower back pain and achy all over. Our bodies need to open up and discover that there is more to movement than what we do in our day to day lives. That’s how you help your body stay young.
I’m hyper mobile. Should I still stretch?
You bet! You should stretch and you should exercise. We will assess your hyper mobility using a standardized test and choose only those stretches that keep you within the normal range of motion of each joint. We will do the same with all the other exercises we do. Being hyper mobile doesn’t mean you don’t stretch or exercise. In fact, the recommendation is that hyper mobile individuals should work on building their muscular strength to avoid injury.
All it means is we will choose exercises that are safe and appropriate to ensure that you are always working within the normal range of motion for your joints, and never locking them or hyper extending them.