Flexibility Training For Personal Trainers, Explained
What is Lastics?
Lastics is a technique that uses small, deep, deliberate and controlled movements that pin, catch and lengthen muscles from end-to-end. The method applies this technique to the whole body, from head-to-toe, literally! The technique was first practiced on NBA Point Guard, Randy Foye and then, due to my background in dance, became a go-to in the NYC dance scene at the major pre-professional/professional dance schools. Watch Randy here:
Why did you create this technique?
I trained to dance professionally and blew out my knee. My recovery is what first informed the development of the technique, and that is to say, that the absence of flexibility training as compared to strength training in PT/rehab was glaring. Bringing back my flexibility paled in comparison to bringing back my strength. There was so much practical expertise on strengthening available and virtually none on flexibility. This technique closes that gap.
I know how to stretch, how is this different?
The tricky thing about flexibility training is that most people think they are stretching, when in actuality, they are not. Unless you isolate and hold one end of the muscle in place, the whole muscle will not be stretched. This is because the muscle will either move as one piece or collapse where the tightest part pulls in on you, both of which prevent muscles from stretching in a meaningful and comprehensive way. The result is typically a more superficial and partial stretch that hits primarily the belly of the muscle.
In Lastics, we train people how to engage the entire muscle by isolating each end so that the muscle moves in two different directions. We show you how to access the parts of your body that are not only vital to achieving a fuller and deeper stretch, but also those that are most elusive. We teach you how to articulate your body and activate your muscles with a system that significantly changes flexibility in a measurable way. And that measurability is key. People who stretch over time, more often than not, do not see improvements in their flexibility, which is not the case if they were to either lift weights or do cardio work. They will tone up and/or lose weight, respectively. Those same noticeable changes should be the result when you stretch. This technique produces those results and that’s what makes it so different.
How can it help my clients?
Your clients' flexibility will noticeably and significantly improve. We will show you how to queue them so that their role in developing their flexibility is similar to how they build strength. And, if they have pain due to imbalances, stress, injury or tightness, our techniques have a major and positive impact on that as well. Our clients tell us all the time that Lastics leaves them feeling as though they had a massage, but one that has more lasting effects. It’s not uncommon for people to come up to us after class and say, “I don’t know what you did to me, but the pain I’ve been plagued with for years, is gone.” Our goal is to share this kind of healing with you so you can share it with your clients, and thereby, enhance your sessions with some new, really cool and innovative knowledge.
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