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April 2017 Newsletter

Posted By Kristen Ernst, Thursday, March 30, 2017
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017
  Stretch to Win

Transforming lives, personally & professionally

Newsletter #2: April 2017

Since 1995, Stretch to Win’s mission and passion has been to educate the public and to train professionals in the science and art of stretching & mobility to improve health, function and performance in life, fitness and in sports.

To our Dear Readers,

We’re excited to present this month’s lineup – new stretch video of the Core 4 Upper body series in standing; video of client who got out of pain after an FST session; article on stretching and whether it’s “good or bad” for you; our new book “Stretch to Win” 2nd edition is out!

Start with the first one or just scroll down and click on what you want to see now:

  • Stretch of the Month – brief video to improve mobility or decrease pain

  • Article: Stretching – good or bad for you?
  • Announcementsthe 2nd edition of our best selling book “Stretch to Win” can now be pre-ordered!



Ann and Chris Frederick
Directors of Stretch to Win Institute
Co-creators of Stretch to Win® Fascial Stretch Therapy™ and LifeStretch®
Authors of the books “Stretch to Win” and
“Fascial Stretch Therapy”

Stretch of the Month

Click here to view video

In our last issue, we presented our popular stretch-mobility program called the “Core 4 on the Floor™” for the lower body. Here we present it for the upper body. It can be used as a dynamic stretch-mobility warm up to prepare for any activity or used for post activity recovery. Many have also used it as corrective exercise to improve function and eliminate pain. Turn up the volume and enjoy more freedom of movement and less pain!

Stretching – good or bad for you?

Stretching had gotten a bad rap in recent years mostly due to research studies that showed poor outcomes like decreased power, strength and speed in athletes. So, many people stopped stretching.

Now stretching is back in favor with recent research showing positive outcomes like increased power, strength and speed. What the heck?

Such is science when interpreted by the media and then pumped out to the public in sound bites. They failed to mention that it was only ‘static stretching’ that had many poor outcomes, NOT ALL stretching!

This is a good example of the ignorance about stretching that is not just in the media. With all due respect, we see much evidence that most professionals in medicine, physical therapy, sports and fitness have a very limited understanding and training in stretching, if at all. We know this from:

  1. In 1995, starting one of the first stretch therapy centers in the world.
  2. 20 years of successfully treating clients with a focus in stretch therapy.
  3. Writing 2 books, one on self-stretching and the other on assisted stretching.
  4. Training almost 4000 professionals in health, fitness and sports.

The truth is stretching is not good or bad but rather is good when done for the right reasons with good technique. And stretching can be very bad if it creates instability, stresses nerves and/or is over done or done to the wrong areas of your body. Recent scientific evidence supports what we have been advising for 2 decades: any stretching must be designed for the individual based on a comprehensive evaluation and assessment (Page 2012). And then it must be done at the right dose to the appropriate regions of the body at the correct intensity, tempo and duration.

While it is always best to be evaluated by a certified specialist like our graduate Fascial Stretch Therapy practitioners, you can start by assessing and stretching yourself. Try the stretches in the videos from this newsletter as well as from the last one as a start. If you want to learn how to quickly assess your flexibility and then build an easy, effective program then consider getting our book where it’s all laid out for you here:

If you want to rapidly “hack” your flexibility potential, eliminate pain or quickly improve your fitness or athletic performance, then find a certified FST practitioner in your location here:

References: Page, P. (2012) Current concepts in muscle stretching for exercise and rehabilitation. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2012. 7(1), pp. 109–119.


Stretch to Win book 2nd edition may be ordered now:

Workshops and Directory to find a Fascial Stretch Therapy practitioner

  • REGISTER HERE – Some FST workshops already SOLD OUT for 2017!




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