Our flexibility classes will emphasize three major areas of the body: the shoulders, back and hips/legs. The aim is to help achieve the range of motion desirable for skill execution, whether that be in cheerleading, circus arts, gymnastics, dance or any other performance based athletics.
In the Beginner Flexibility there will be an emphasis on proper form, active and passive stretching and alignment of joints to prevent incorrect technique and habits in other skills. Athletes will learn and understand how all the “basic” flexibility exercises apply to various skills. For example, how a proper bridge influences walkovers, tumbling, etc., or how the splits influence air positions in cheerleading, kicks in martial arts, leaps in dance, and Thomas flares in gymnastics and breakdancing.
Our instructors will guide you on how to safely increase your joint range of motion and control in various positions. To enable you to stretch to your full potential, we will use walls, props, partners, and incorporate three types of stretching: static, dynamic, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF stretching).
In static stretching, muscles are lengthened through specific controlled positions (ex: holding the splits), whereas in dynamic stretching, a faster movement is used so the agonist muscle contracts and therefore lengthens the antagonist muscle, increasing the body part’s range of motion (ex: leg kicks). PNF stretching incorporates static stretching with muscle contraction. A muscle group is stretched, then contracted in that same position for roughly 5-6 seconds, then relaxed again, still holding the position. This method has been proven many times to be extremely effective at enhancing flexibility.
Benefits of regular flexibility training will improve your circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle, joints and fascia (connective tissue surrounding muscles). This leads to faster workout recovery and most importantly, injury reduction.
Classes are based on level and maturity, all ages welcome.