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If You Can't Move, You Can't Improve!
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Why Stretch?

In case you hadn't asked, why must one stretch?! Mobility is life itself. You cannot survive without it. You cannot perform the simplest of daily activities without it. Your degree of mobility determines the quality of your life. Furthermore, contrary to what you are led to believe, loss of mobility is not a normal process of aging. It is a process of neglect.

Here are the results of a study of physical mobility in the elderly using our flexibility program.  One female subject had beginning symptoms of multiple sclerosis, another had severe scoliosis, and a third had a chronic back problem but, all were able to utilize the Sports Kinetics' Active Stretching program.

Active Stretching is a method of flexibility training which was developed to eliminate force from stretching procedures. No one should apply static force, bouncing, or rhythmic motions in an attempt to increase flexibility. Force, regardless of how slight, causes the opposite of what one wishes to achieve. 

The Flexibility Manual is not just another reference book for your library shelf. It is a truly functional guide and one that you will use again and again.

Because of its simplicity and conciseness, the The Flexibility Manual may be deceiving at first, but regular use will make the validity of its content apparent and its impact on your flexibility training will be considerable.

The Flexibility Manual addresses varying levels of inflexibility for people of all ages. Step-by-step photographs and clear, sensible text, in a convenient user-friendly spiral binding, allow the The Flexibility Manual to be used successfully by everyone.

By integrating basic physiology with practical application, The Flexibility Manual cuts through the incomplete, potentially hazardous and ill-conceived procedures of stretching presented in much of the current literature.

The key philosophy of Sports Kinetics' Active Stretching is the awareness and maintenance of total body flexibility. When different activities require additional emphasis on the affected areas, you will have learned to recognize the need and be able to apply the necessary techniques.  Read a selection from our list of "14 Tips for Safe & Effective Stretching".


What is so sensible about Active Stretching?

two examples of Active StretchingIt's a Do-It-Yourself method. It eliminates static force, bouncing, contorted positions, and the risk of force by a partner who can't feel your limits. Active Stretching is totally under your control.

In the first photo on the left, the subject is merely supporting her ankle, not pulling up (applying force) on it.  In the picture on the right, she is extending her hip for Active Stretching of her hip flexor and quadriceps muscles.

It's a whole body method. You prepare your body for any contingency/activity that presents itself.

Each exercise is in a progressive sequence and the preceding one helps in achieving the next.

Each exercise is performed comfortably or is deferred until it can be done so.

How much is enough? Active Stretching is self-limiting. Because outside force is not imposed, voluntary contraction of a muscle can not overpower or injure its opposing muscle.

It is a daily "systems check" of almost every muscle in the body to determine the attention required.

It works — in regaining and maintaining adequate flexibility. We consider it the most important component of fitness. You cannot safely and effectively pursue the other aspects of health and wellness without it.