4 Key Ways to Gain Advanced Flexibility & Strength Required for Dance or Sport

“Good dancers or athletes focus on their strengths, maximizing potential benefits while ignoring covering up and compensating for weakness. Elite dancers or athletes confront their weaknesses and focus on them in their daily class and conditioning routine.” - Rachel Hamrick, FLX Founder
Ronit Shamuilov for FLX, Renata Pavam Photography

Ronit Shamuilov for FLX, Renata Pavam Photography

1.) How can the Flexistretcher help me master these extreme movements? 

Utilizing elastic resistance training, combined with unparalleled durability makes the Flexistretcher the professional’s choice to incorporate into your daily routine.  Allowing one to simulate functional dance or sport specific movements, such as the Scorpion, improves execution and mobility. Adjusting the level of resistance, varying the number of repetitions, and changing the pace of the exercise, a strengthening program can be created to improve the necessary skills required to effectively show improvements.

2.) How does it work? 

Ronit Shamuilov for FLX, Renata Pavam Photography

Ronit Shamuilov for FLX, Renata Pavam Photography

When stretching with the Flexistretcher you are actively engaging the muscles throughout the entire range of motion.  The key to effective stretching with the Flexistretcher is engaging an active stretch based on Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF). The PNF stretching techniques employ the concept that the muscle relaxation part of the stretch is fundamental to effectively enhancing flexibility and deepening the stretch. A popular PNF technique is the contract-relax, where the muscle is stretched, contracted, relaxed and then stretched further.

3.) What is strength or resistance training? 

Any exercise that uses the force of a muscle against some form of resistance to build muscle strength, endurance, and size.  Resistance training with your Flexistretcher will increase strength by targeting particular muscle groups past normal load. When performing exercises, execute movement with maximum contraction throughout the entire range of motion. This type of training uses more resistance resulting in fewer repetitions, which will work your muscles to fatigue.

4.) Why should you focus on weak areas in your conditioning routine? 

Most sports and dance are based on repetitive movements and this can lead to a muscular imbalance and injury can result. Working with elastic resistance helps to strengthen the opposing muscle. When creating a training routine it is suggested to combine base exercise with sport or dance specific exercise for maximum results.