by: Jonathan Ross
Are you flexibly strong and strongly flexible? Strong and flexible together wins. Every time.The strength and mobility to move well with the stability to fluidly control movement makes life and exercise better.
Strands keep you strong and mobile, because they are both strong and mobile. A strap is rigid and inflexible while a band is elastic. The combination of strap and a band is a SPRI Strand.
Mobility is how much motion you have in a joint – think of this like a hinge. A well-lubricated, healthy hinge will have just the right range of motion. Flexibility is the amount of extensibility or stretch you have in a muscle. Joints don’t really stretch that much, but muscles do.
Most of what we commonly term flexibility comes from the ability of muscles to lengthen, rather than from the connective tissue and bones of a joint. Optimal mobility and flexibility leads to confident, capable, enjoyable movement. And this presents the opportunity to properly activate and strengthen muscles.
The Dancer and the Bodybuilder
Free is Good
Life is better when you get stuff for free. The combination of mobility with strength that is a feature of Strands can help you have it all with less “trying” to get it. Strands stretch – so they can provide some resistance to automatically turn on muscles as the Strand is stretched. If you are standing on a train, your body and muscles will automatically react to shifts in your body position to keep you from falling over. With your feet on a stable surface, the rest of your body can contract and relax to maintain balance.
The Variable Bucket
Local Stability = Global Mobility
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