FLX Conditioning Specialist Training

Interested in attending the next FLX Conditioning Specialist Training?

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About FLX Training Methods: Adhering to the technical requirements and desired aesthetic for which elite level dancers and top athletes strive for, FLX offers a researched training approach of flexibility conditioning techniques combined with methods of pilates, yoga and sports conditioning for optimal results in mobility and strength. Utilizing the elastic resistance and fully adjustable straps, the Flexistretcher® allows one to perform dance-specific or sport-specific movement patterns, concentrating on improvements in execution and mobility. Elastic resistance training methods have been used by top coaches, trainers and rehabilitation experts for decades. Implementing these training methods with the Flexistretcher® allows one to extend their range of motion, without the limitations of gravity, optimizing improvements in flexibility and functional strength. Functional and versatile, the Flexistretcher® is a great tool to implement into your training routine from the studio, gym or home. 

The Flexistretcher®: Harnessing the power of elastic resistance, the Flexistretcher® has become the training tool of choice by professional dancers globally.

WHY?    The Flexistretcher® is used for facilitated stretching which is an active way of stretching that engages isometric contractions to achieve greater flexibility. Utilizing elastic resistance allows for a variable resistance throughout out an exercise, not relying on gravity, and requiring muscle activation throughout the stretch. Furthermore, as the person stretches the band, the resistance increases, challenging the muscles and allowing a full range of motion. The shorter the straps are adjusted the tighter the tension, raising the intensity of the exercise. Working against this resistance forces the muscle to respond with increased effort, which promotes muscle growth, strength, and power.  Lightweight and portable, working with the Flexistretcher® allows you to keep up with your flexibility and strength conditioning routine and create a series of tailored exercises from the studio, theatre or gym.

Learn the fundamentals of the Flexistretcher® and resistance training methods. By incorporating these methods into your personal training or teaching practice you can extend your knowledge and effectively help your clients or students build functional strength while increasing mobility. 

What you will achieve from the course:

  • Master the fundamentals of elastic resistance training methods with the Flexistretcher®.
  • Familiarize yourself with key techniques to safely increase flexibility and strength.
  • Learn exercises and stretches tailored to complement classical ballet training.
  • Strengthen weakness and release muscle tightness to avoid injury and incorrect alignment.
  • Certified FLX Conditioning Specialists (CFCS ) will be able to implement an effective flexibility and strength training program in a class setting.
  • Throughout the intensive 2 day course you will learn the basics of working with the Flexistretcher®, the FLX Ball and the FLX Infinity Ball.

Follow this link to register:  http://flexistretcher.com/pages/flx-conditioning-specialist-application

Have questions? Send an email to admin@flxnyc.com with FLX Training Interest in the Subject Line.

**Prerequisite required. One of the following background can apply: Extensive dance\ballet background, professional dancer, fitness training or certificate, Pilates, yoga, college dance program, extensive sport background**

The Value of the Adductors for All Athletes

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Different arenas and actions, but the same muscles, react to achieve an injury free success in all athletic movements: the co-contraction of the hip adductors and hip abductors.

Studies have shown that the lower body has an important role in increasing the speed of the throwing motion of baseball pitching. Maintaining mobility in the hip is important for baseball players to be able to take larger strides.  For example, one of the most common problems with pitchers is lack of hip mobility, which can have detrimental effects on mechanics, velocity, and long term arm health.

The hip adductors are responsible for stabilizing the pelvis and moving the leg towards the midline of the body (adduction).   In dance, the adductors are activated when the legs are drawn together, especially in jumps that have leg beats in the air.  

Maintaining a balance between the hip abductors and the hip adductors is a mechanism that ensures pelvic security and stability." -Jacqui Greene, Dance Anatomy

The balance between the muscles of the hips allows for the body to react quickly in jumps, runs, or kicks in addition to more complicated movement patterns that arise in choreographies.

 

How to Prevent Hip Adductor Injury

Hip adductor injuries occur most commonly when there is a forced push-off (side-to-side motion). High forces occur in the adductor tendons when the athlete must shift direction suddenly in the opposite direction. As a result, the adductor muscles contract to generate opposing forces. By incorporating these practices into your training, you can avoid hip injuries and up your performance potential: 

    • Spend some time warming up:  A warm up works by slowly increasing heart rate and blood flow in the body in order to prepare the body for class and/or rehearsal. A good warm up is important before engaging in any form of athletic activity to prevent injury. 

 

    • Implement a Flexibility Training Program: This is necessary to maintain a healthy range of movement and allow the body to move freely within the movement patterns that are asked of it. 

 

    • Cross train with Yoga: Many yoga poses are hip openers that stretch the groins and adductors, which allow for greater range of motion.  A consistent yoga practice will help you prevent injury while increasing flexibility in the hips.  We recommend this yoga practice that you can do at home with your Flexistretcher.