StretchLab had its beginnings a few years ago. Saul had been training with Tim Trost for many years. He loved the workouts and had great results. But the most enjoyable part was when Tim stretched him–either prior to or after weight training or cardio work. The stretches were deeper, more effective and felt fantastic. He often found himself wanting to be stretched on days they did not work out. But there was no place to go to just get a stretch. Massages were wonderful, but that is not what he was after. Nor did he want to go to and pay for a physical therapist when all he really wanted was a stretch.
Finally, one day at Gold’s Gym in Venice, he floated to Tim the idea of a place where people could simply go and get a stretch. Tim loved the concept—knowing how much his clients got out of being stretched. But he also thought that the stretches would be more enjoyable—and more effective—if they were given on raised platforms. Getting people off the ground would enable “flexologists” to get better leverage and also be able to put clients in more—and more effective—positions. They started designing our unique and proprietary platforms and putting together the layout. StretchLab had begun.
After a long while of looking for the perfect spot in or near Venice (where they both live and which seemed to be the natural place to start as the hub of physical fitness and innovation), they found 512 Rose Avenue. Recognizing the need for a physical therapist to form and guide the professional and clinical aspects of the business, they reached out to Steve Sudell, who they both knew from Paradiso Cross Fit in Venice.
Knowing what increased flexibility meant for his patients and how effective assisted stretching could be, Steve immediately and enthusiastically sparked to the idea and came aboard. Together the three formulated the final aspects of the business and went about getting a superb group of personal trainers, massage therapists and yoga instructors to join StretchLab as Flexologists. StretchLab in Venice is the first of what they intend to be many StretchLabs throughout the region and the country.
Getting in a good daily workout is important, but stretching before and after you exercise is just, if not more, important. “Stretching is to extend any part of the body to its full length, making the muscle longer and wider without tears or breaks,” Tim says. There are several reasons stretching is important. “It increases your flexibility, improves your performance, decreases risk of injury and increases the blood flow to your muscles,”
Steve emphasizes that another important piece of stretching is flexibility. “Flexibility decreases excessive tension on muscles and relieves stress from joints. It also corrects muscle imbalances, which helps to improve your overall fitness and helps decrease risk of injury.”
Stretching can help you perform better in your workout, sports and everyday life. It improves muscle strength and increases your agility as well as speed, which can help you in your everyday activities. Keeping up a consistent daily stretch can prevent both small and serious future injuries. Even if you do not workout regularly you will still see great benefits from StretchLab’s assisted stretching.
Stretching your muscles as often as possible is the most effective way to improve your flexibility. Our FLEXOLOGISTS offer one-on-one personalized stretching services that will help you run faster, stand straighter and move better! Depending on your preference and your workout regimen, you can do it before or after your workout—or any time in between.
Add it to your routine today!
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