At Will Space, we bring fitness back to the basics—but basic doesn’t mean simple. It’s time to experience fitness in its natural form: MOVEMENT. Our techniques are inspired by the age-old disciplines that have brought strength to humanity for centuries.
Strength is not just about how much you can lift or how many push-ups you can do. It’s how well you can manage your own body weight through numerous positions in different ways and different directions.
Are you as strong at the bottom of a squat as you are at the top?
Can you balance on your hands?
Can you articulate each part of your spine?
Can you hang and pull your feet to the bar without bending your knees?
Can you push-up all the way from the floor?
Can you crawl or perform a back bend?
Many of our ailments or discomforts and much of our weight gain comes from lack of a relevant movement practice—spending too much time on certain parts of the body while ignoring others.
Learning how to stretch in new ways allows you to move in new ways. Passive stretching—like bending your waist and hanging over your legs—isn’t actually doing much to help your body heal. Active flexibility, on the other hand, requires you to ignite your muscles to get into the stretch—thereby “turning on” the body around the muscle being stretched. That’s the deepest and most rewarding kind of stretch, one that a foam roller or a muscle gun can’t reach. Better mobility means better movement, which means better results.
We all know we need to stretch but, in actuality, we rarely do. No matter the level of fitness, modern forms of stretching and flexibility training fall short in teaching people how to stretch in the most effective manner. This critical lack of knowledge results in lackluster improvements.
The general practice of loosely holding or leaning in a stretch-like position for thirty seconds or less is ineffective to offset the disproportionate amount of physical inactivity throughout daily life.
The less we move, the more brittle and rigid our bodies become, and the more we need to actively develop our flexibility.
Active 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 to improve the outcome of the stretch.
Some of our Active Flexibility Protocols include:
The Loaded Stretch
The Counter Stretch
The Sustained Stretch