The Full Circle of Stretching

by Annette Lang |  Date Released : 19 Apr 2005

  • Introduction – stretching coming full circle
  • Ignorance -> Techniques -> Research ->Truth?
  • Comprehensive understanding + simple delivery
  • Stretching = Release (increasing ROM and enabling the body to use ROM)
  • When to stretch and when not to?
  • Blanket approach vs. individualization
  • “Tight” vs. needing stretching
  • Movement screens and assessments
  • Ramifications of modern sitting posture
  • Moving in the 3-D – reconnecting to how the body is supposed to move
  • Moving from hips vs. moving from spine
  • Passive ROM vs. Active ROM
  • Understanding what to use when – before, during and after exercise.
    • Contract relax
    • Static
    • Active
  • We must USE the ROM we achieve with stretching
  • Orthopaedic norms vs. Functional reality
  • Being nervous makes us careful – respect ROM!

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Annette Lang

About the author: Annette Lang

Annette Lang has been in the health and fitness industry since 1983, working in sales, education, management and personal training. She is one of the most sought-after presenters at health and fitness conferences in the US and abroad. She speaks on a variety of topics related to the education of fitness professionals, contributing to the integrity of the personal training business within health clubs. The conference groups include: Perform Better, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), International Health and Racquet Sports Association (IHRSA), Club Industry, Towne Sports International (TSI) Summit, Reebok International, Sara’s City Workouts and more. In 2005, Annette presented at international conferences in Moscow and Portugal.

Annette is a Reebok University Master Trainer and helped develop Reebok Reactive Neuromuscular Training (RNT), Reebok Core Training, Reebok One to One Flexibility Training and Reebok Deck Training. She presents for Free Motion Fitness exercise equipment and is one of the original authors for Annette was on the original team of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, developing and teaching the nationally recognized education program for Equinox personal trainers.

Annette teaches at numerous health clubs on a regular basis, some of her programs being a standard component of the facilities’ education process. The clubs include Equinox, Crunch/Bally, Wellbridge, NY Health & Racquet and many private facilities. Trainers enjoy Annette’s practical way of teaching, making concepts easy to understand and relating topics to real life training on the gym floor. Annette works as a private trainer in New York City.

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