FREE ARTICLES

Below are a collection of articles for your pleasure! Selected from our teacher training materials and newsletters, we hope they give you some further information on the art and science of stretching and our particular approach to it.

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The Elbow Flexors
10 minute read


This slightly technical article gives you some insight into our anatomically based approach, including images and stretches, and the effect of tight biceps on posture.

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The Diaphragm
10 minute read


Such an integral part of our survival, this important muscle needs to be strengthened and stretched, and it can also be used to stretch your back muscles. Article includes anatomy, stretches and overview of the function of the diaphragm.

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Piriformis Syndrome
5 minute read


Pain in the bottom (gluteal region) extending down the leg is common and can result from various causes. One is tightness in some of the gluteal muscles, the piriformis muscle in particular. Read about it here, including symptoms, stretches and images.

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The Calves
10 minute read


Almost everyone has tight calves! Read about the anatomy, look at the number of “calves” and learn how to stretch them simply with a strap at home.

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Regional Stretching- the Unique StretchFit Approach
15 minute read


Muscles are found in regions throughout the body. Each region has a bunch of muscles with similar actions for example, the anterior thigh below. Stretching muscle regions makes stretching simple, effective and ensures nothing is missed. We call it a “Person centred” rather than “Pose centred” approach. Read about the key tenets of our approach, see real Life examples, and find out what makes it both safe and precise.

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The Lats
5 minute read


The lats are a very large muscle with a multitude of functions. Read about their role in posture, movement and how to stretch them here.

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What is Contract/Relax stretching?
5 minute read


Contract/relax stretching is a simple process that vastly accelerates the acquisition of flexibility. Read about how to perform it in this simple article that includes the 3 step approach, photos, and a bit about the neurological mechanisms involved for the geeks among us!

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Why a bodybuilding approach works for stretching
2 minute read


Body builders isolate each muscle group in the body and through resistance training, make each group stronger. Read about how such a thorough approach can serve us well when thinking about and planning stretching assessments and programs.

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How often should I stretch?
5 minute read


The answer to this question involves some discussion about human variation, general training principles, the stress/adaptation cycle and how we adapt to the stretching process. The verdict? Click to find out!

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Why we don't have class standards
5 minute read


Intuitively, it seems that having classes for different standards makes sense. However, there's a different way of working at StretchFit that makes any session useful for any body. Click to investigate.

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Hip Flexors
5 minute read


Do you have tight hip flexors and are confused about whether you should stretch them, and how best to do it?

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Can you teach an old dog to stretch?
5 minute read

 

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