Introducing Stretch by LAF

Introducing Stretch by LAF

Welcome to the future of stretching. Introducing Stretch by LAF, an advanced way to get your body feeling and moving its best. Our Stretch Specialists work closely with members by providing a hands-on assisted stretch experience. Assisted stretching incorporates use of our unique strap system, which allows our Stretch Specialists to stabilize the body and relax the muscles before the full stretch takes place. Not only can this type of stretching help prevent injury, but it can also help athletes perform better.

Stretch by LAF – A Comprehensive Stretch Program Designed to Benefit All

Not an athlete? Not a problem. The great thing about Stretch by LAF is that it uses the same proven methods that benefit athletes and brings them to the forefront of focus for all fitness levels. From the everyday gym goer, to the every-other-day (or week) fitness fan, stretching is essential to your body’s overall wellbeing. The problem most people have is that they think a quick 30-second stretch is enough. The trouble with that type of stretching is that your body barely feels the difference. Over time, you may notice that you’re feeling sore or tight while simply sitting at your desk, or you can’t bend down with the same ease as you used to.

The proper type of stretching may help prevent these incidents, which is why Stretch by LAF is a great addition to any fitness lifestyle. Using a unique strap system, Stretch Specialists are able to stabilize the muscles that aren’t being stretched, while allowing them to hone in on the muscles that are being stretched. This deeper stretch helps the body overcome what’s known as Stretch Reflex.

What is Stretch Reflex?

The easiest way to think about Stretch Reflex is this: imagine your body as a rubber band. As you pull on the rubber band, it starts stretching out until it becomes tense and you think it’s going to snap. Because of this, we tend to stop pulling on the rubber band to prevent it from snapping and causing injury to us. That’s what our bodies tend to do when we stretch by ourselves. When stretching, our bodies are constantly trying to stabilize other muscles. This is when our Stretch Reflex activates, causing our bodies to tense up, and signal to the brain to stop stretching before our muscles get injured.

How to Help Prevent This

This is where Stretch by LAF comes in. Using our specialized equipment, our Stretch Specialists can help stabilize your body and focus on the areas that need to be stretched. Proper stretching can alleviate stiffness, encourage proper posture, and help make you feel lighter and younger on your feet. The goal of Stretch by LAF is to make it easier for you to move, not just make you more flexible. We have developed this program in consultation with Stretch Zone®, a leading provider of practitioner-assisted stretching.

Give Us a Try!

Stretch by LAF is currently located at the following club locations:

Anaheim Hills

Huntington Beach – Seacliff

Irvine – Michelson

Irvine – Crossroads

Rancho Cucamonga

Come join us, meet with one of our Stretch Specialists. The fact is, stretching could be the secret to a healthier, happier you. Take your life back and try us today.

Let us do the work.

STRETCH by LAF services have been developed in consultation with Stretch Zone®, a leading provider of practitioner-assisted stretching.

Stretch by LAF is available to individuals 18 years of age or older (or at least 14 years of age and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian). Non-LA Fitness members must provide valid I.D. and sign a waiver of liability to use Stretch by LAF studios. Separate membership agreement and fees required to access Stretch by LAF services. Please visit a Stretch by LAF studio for more information, including membership options and pricing. ©2018 Fitness International, LLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Single Leg Hop. Alternate between hopping on one leg, then switch and do the same amount of jump rope repetitions on the other.
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Sources:

  1. Skarnulis, Leanna. “Skipping Rope Doesn’t Skip Workout.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/skipping-rope-doesnt-skip-workout#1.
  2. Skarnulis, Leanna. “Skipping Rope Doesn’t Skip Workout.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/skipping-rope-doesnt-skip-workout#2.

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