Kinstretch is defined as a movement enhancement system that develops maximum body control, flexibility and USABLE ranges of motion.
So what does this mean?
Unlike other common methods of flexibility training such as yoga and passively stretching muscles, Kinstretch focuses on gaining control of your passive flexibility by using our muscles (rather then gravity) to attain improved mobility. This serves two purposes, improve usable ranges of motion and strengthen in these new ranges.
Simply stated, Kinstretch focuses on training your end range of motion with the goal of improving your movement capabilities and decreasing your risk of injury.
Why end range of motion?
The human body is a highly efficient organism. Due to the copious amount of biological processes that go on in our bodies, it has learned to become extremely efficient.
The body's efficiency allows it to take short cuts when possible to allow it to work at full speed. This is a reason why we develop habits, which are automatic behaviors that we don't have to think about. It is also why our bodies tend to the path of least resistance when doing things such as skiping a workout, hitting the snooze button or utilizing movement compensations.
These processes allow our bodies to remove pathways from the body that are no longer used. For example, having a skill when you were a kid that you suck at today (whether you want to believe it or not). This is because the synaptic pathways that created that skill degrade when rarely used. This gives way for new pathways to connect to allow you to learn new tasks.
The same goes for movement. If you haven't moved through a particular range of motion, the joint mechanoreceptors don't get stimulated often. Eventually the lack of stimulus will cause atrophy of these mechanoreceptors and cause decreases in range of motion.
There are other factors involved in this, but this plays a role in our lack of movement variability today.
Our lives today revolve primarily around sitting ( I am sitting now as I write this post). We tend to be hunched over with arms in front of us and hips flexed. This typical posture results in the loss of thoracic extension, shoulder flexion (arm over head) and hip extension. Therefore, the adage of we lose range of motion as we get older is incorrect. It really should be, because we don't use it that we lose it.
Returning back to training end ranges of motion.
In Kinstretch we train end ranges of motion to attempt to restore decreased mobility and improve movement capabilities. Kinstretch is geared towards creating more active range of motion so you can be better at all the things you love to do most. Whether that is deadlifts, swings, running, sporting events, gardening or playing with your kids. The better you move, the better you can enjoy life regardless of your goals and what you enjoy in life.
Move Well, Stay Strong.