Studio Pulse of Redondo Beach Announces a New Approach to Injury Prevention and Gives Re-Birth to Tried and True Stretching Techniques

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The Effective "Stretch" Program at Studio Pulse Explains its Benefits and Why They Don't Call it Yoga.

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The stretch class is very targeted to all the muscle groups that get tight and shortened by high intensity exercise. We use foam rollers, and build the poses up sequentially holding them for a sufficient amount of time for the most effective results.

Spin. Sculpt. Stretch is the tag line that the instructors at studio pulse get fit by. It's combining simple, no impact but full intensity cardiovascular workouts with muscle building strength training and body lengthening stretching.

The concept goes full circle. The workouts typically start by a Spinning class where people go beyond warming up their bodies to then getting lengthened and strengthened by stretching and weight training right after the sweaty spinning class.

One of the more popular classes is the SpinStretch where 30 minutes is spent building heat followed by 30 minutes of intense and deep stretching. Stretching longer than just 5 minutes after a full spin class has many benefits; It gives you enough time and focus to lengthen out the shortened muscles used in Spinning and to also reverse the effects of postural imbalances we tend to adopt overtime.

"The stretch class is very targeted to all the muscle groups that get tight and shortened by high intensity exercise. We use foam rollers, and build the poses up sequentially and hold them for a sufficient amount of time for the most effective results," says Stacie Reeves, a Studio Pulse Instructor.

So right about now you may ask..."what is Stretch? Is it Yoga?"

Stretch is a simple approach to get cyclists and spinners to spend more time on the single thing they seem to ignore the most; Stretching!

Stretch is also for those feeling intimidated by yoga or ones who don't have 90 minutes in the day to spend in a class or those who feel like they want to just use simple but very effective poses to get some length into their tight and overworked muscles.

Stretch at Studio Pulse gets right to the point. Foam rollers are incorporated into the classes to release the tight muscles before lengthening them out with targeted poses for athletes. "The fascia and the underlying muscle tissue can become stuck together with existing injuries or not enough stretching. This is called an adhesions and it results in restricted muscle movement. It also causes pain, soreness and reduced flexibility or range of motion.

Everyone can do these stretch classes and everyone can benefit from it. There is nothing in these classes that requires one to put their bodies in poses they just won't get into. "I was always one of the most inflexible people in the yoga classes I attended, and realized that injuries would be inevitable if I tried to force my body into shapes it wasn't prepared to get into so I created the STRETCH program where everyone could participate in every pose". Says Hedi Alavi, co-owner of Studio Pulse and creator of the Spin.Sculpt.Stretch concept. Instructors there are all highly trained yoga instructors so they understand anatomy, posture and alignment, but at Studio Pulse, they just focus on the simplest way to communicate the most effective poses to get bodies more limber.

In addition to the 30/30 Fusion classes, Studio Pulse offers 30 minute Power Classes. These classes, like the Power Stretch class, were created to give that extra boost to the intense Spinning workouts. After or before a long stressful day at work, it's good to let off some steam and energize by taking a spinning class, but nothing feels better than extending that feeling of release and relaxation by finding the tight spots on your body that need more TLC before letting your body cool down completely. Power classes are only 30 minutes immediately following a full Spinning class. So come and try one to get the experience for yourself. Mention this article to try a Stretch class for free.

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Elise Hartley

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