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STRETCHING & FLEXIBILITY


stretching is good.

But no one actually knows how or when.

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STRETCHING & FLEXIBILITY


stretching is good.

But no one actually knows how or when.

STRETCHING IS AN AFTERTHOUGHT.
SOMETHING TO DO AT THE END OF A WORKOUT.
OR WAS IT AT THE BEGINNING?

INEVITABLY MOST NEVER GET TO IT.


The situation with modern stretching and flexibility forms of training is, no matter what level of fitness, most people are never taught and learn how to stretch in the most effective manner. This critical lack of knowledge results in lackluster improvements. The general consensus is “a few sets of 30-seconds holding and leaning” is enough to offset the physical inactivity throughout the day. We tend to move less and less as we are often overly occupied with work and chores. As a result, muscles and joints become rigid and brittle, compared to the more agile younger version of ourselves.

Yoga is a great way to explore “focused stretching.” Often this is an incomplete exploration of stretching because depending on the specific poses, it may or may not stretch overlooked areas. Earn back the complete mobility you were born to have with the help of our Principles of Flexibility.

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ACTIVE STRETCHING


The Power of
Active Stretching

ACTIVE STRETCHING


The Power of
Active Stretching

Active stretching & flexibility training involves “actively” pulling your muscles into a stretch. This utilizes your strength and flexibility in harmony. In other words, when properly stretching one muscle, you actively engage the opposing muscle. If you stand with both feet together, straighten the legs and tighten the quads. Reach for your toes while keeping the quads engaged, this will produce an active stretch focused on the hamstrings.

Two types of “Active Flexibility” training are Loaded Stretching and Counter Stretching.


LOADED STRETCHING

Loaded Stretching involves the use of external weight to help pull you into a deeper stretch. This resistance helps improve the flexibility of your fascia, a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle, freeing you to a full range of motion and build strength in ways not possible before, due to previous inflexibility.


COUNTER STRETCHING

The technique connects a strength exercise with a targeted stretch of those same muscles immediately after. Counter Stretching calms the muscles, realigning the bones and joints; it relieves bone compressions allowing for substantial development of mobility and flexibility. For example, this relieves bone compressions especially in the lower back after practicing deep backbends.

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DEFINE YOUR WILL


Everyone Thinks They
know how to build
“Strength”

DEFINE YOUR WILL


Everyone Thinks They
know how to build
“Strength”

HOW MUCH WEIGHT YOU LIFT = SUCCESS?
HOW MUCH YOU SWEAT = SUCCESS?

NO. IT DOES NOT EQUAL SUCCESS.


Everybody tends to focus on a routine that got them in good shape; usually a form of exercise taught from a gym, studio, or friends. “If I lost weight during crossfit bootcamp, then I will keep working the same strategy I felt initial success with.”

When focusing on muscle without focusing on why and it’s actual function, the productiveness of our training decreases. Like an unmaintained engine, A car’s exterior paint may be shiny and new, but hit the gas and the engine can barely move properly.

Will Space’s focus is helping our clients become more educated in the skills they develop. To do this we focus on our exclusive Movement Acts.


Each of Will Space’s Movement Acts has a beginning movement and a pinnacle movement. This demands you more muscle recruitment, more core recruitment, and more active flexibility with every mastery of a Movement Act.

To Illustrate Movement Act I, Pushups on the floor then progressing to Parallel Bar Dips. This progression requires so much more strength because now the feet are grouped and you must manage your entire body weight. You also are demanding more flexibility of the shoulder in the bottom position. As well as more core strength to keep you from swinging, since you are now in space.

After developing and studying the required strength, flexibility, and core strength from Movement Act I, you move on to Movement Act II, Ring Dips. This Act II now demands even more strength within the core and upper body; an incredible amount of stability of the upper body is also required.

We develop and train meaningful skills, not just routine.

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BUILD STABILITY


Everyone builds
“muscles,”

but overlooks Stability.

BUILD STABILITY


Everyone builds
“muscles,”

but overlooks Stability.

Have you ever had
joint pain from training?

How about an injury
from your workout program?

One of the reasons is that your body lacks connective tissue development and conditioning.
Many of us over train our muscles but overlook the connective tissue,
the ligaments and tendons that connect muscles to your bones.


Straight arm exercises are arguably the most effective way to prevent injuries. The connective tissue development rate is about 1/10th of muscle fibers. If it takes 2 weeks to increase the strength of your biceps, it takes 20 weeks for your elbow flexors/extensors to adapt to the load. For example, there is a very strong person can do weighted dips with bent arms on parallel bars with 25, 50, or even 100 lbs attached to their body. Put that same person on gymnastic rings with locked arms and they can’t hold themselves up at the top of a dip position. This is because they were never taught to train the fundamental connective joint tissues. Leaving them without a way to properly support their new muscles and exposing them to more injury.

Straight-arm strength training also beneficially creates an enormous amount of tension throughout your entire body. Unlike traditional exercises, which typically work only a few muscle groups, straight-arm exercises require a collection of muscles.

Let’s look at training, everybody’s favorite, biceps. If you perform a barbell curl, you primarily work the bicep muscles. Other muscles are helping hold the weight in place, but for the most part it’s your biceps doing the work. Now, let’s perform a planche lean (picture below), the straight-arm answer to the barbell curl. To perform a planche correctly you have to protract your shoulder blades (chest and shoulders), press your hands firmly into the ground as you lean forward (triceps and biceps), lock your legs completely straight and hollow your body (abs and quads), and depress/lower your scapula (back and traps). Now, hold this position for 30s or as long as you can with proper form.

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IT'S A MOVEMENT


IT’S NOT FITNESS.
IT’S A MOVEMENT.

IT'S A MOVEMENT


IT’S NOT FITNESS.
IT’S A MOVEMENT.

So what’s the worse that can happen?

Your exercise has never injured you.
After a good sweat, you feel good.
You feel that workout high.
You accomplished something.

The WORST that can happen is spending all your time & energy
and NOT get the results you are looking for.