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You are here because you want something better.
You are here because you refuse to accept premature obsolescence.
You are here because you want the best that life has to offer you, and you refuse to let past lifestyle choices dictate your present and future.
You are here because you understand that better results come from doing better things or doing things better.
You are here because you are ready to upgrade your life, but you want the best possible return on your time, money, and effort.
And that’s what Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching offers you.
More strength. Less pain.
More muscle. Less fat.
Better posture, alignment, energy and balance.
Improved performance, from day-to-day living to competitive athletics.
A body that looks, feels and works better.
A body that laughs at things that would have broken it in the past.
A mind that has traded doubt for confidence, and helplessness for control.
This is a system that undoes the damage that years, and sometimes decades, of inattention and abuse have wreaked on the brain/body. And it teaches you HOW to reconnect mind and muscle, so that you understand the body’s needs and how to satisfy them.
The physiological and psychological basis for Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching’s superior results are unassailable (see below). It has been proven at every level of fitness, from severely compromised to Olympic Gold Medal-winning.
Its effectiveness is matched only by its safety, efficiency and return on investment.
Sound impossible? Call 518-727-6233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for a free introductory session, customized to YOUR needs.
And HERE is the secret that unlocks these impossible-sounding benefits: it is the magic of eccentric muscle contractions, or more simply, stretching a muscle while it resists.
Safety first. By resisting, you generate muscle tension that stabilizes the joints involved and prevents the muscles from overstretching or tearing. You train the muscles in their normal range of motion, because you are stretching them ALL THROUGH their range of motion. That means that you have safely increased that range of motion without pushing it to extremes. And because you are stretching yourself (although I stretch people in one-on-one sessions), your brain is getting constant feedback on what is happening in your body, strengthening their ability to talk to one another. Communication is the secret to any good relationship!
Efficiency next. In normal strength training, machines, weights, bands or your own passive bodyweight generate resistance and you generte the force to overcome it. In Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching, you generate both the resistance and the force. More muscles are working, so you get more done in less time. And as an awesome bonus, you can safely work at a higher level, because you can generate more resistance than you can strength due to the difference between eccentric and concentric or isometric (normal) strength training. This is why people do “negatives” or lowering exercises when they are too tired or too weak to do the lift or exercise. For example, a weight lifter who could only curl 50 lbs. with one arm could use two arms to curls 65-70 lbs, and then lower the heavier weight with one arm.
And this is a big deal, because our bodies react to the demands put on them; that’s how we survived when the environment controlled us. Now technology has changed the environment, but it still controls us by telling the body what it needs to do to function. Repetitive motion, inactivity, poor/inadequate sleep, calorie-dense and nutrient-poor food, chronic stress… now we are surviving instead of thriving. A high quality, challenging exercise program is one of the most powerful ways to change this equation, and it will help kickstart changes in other areas as the awareness of how much control we CAN have in our lives becomes evident.
Efficincy breeds effectiveness. The Ki-Hara system uses 16 stretches to target all your major muscle groups, trainign one side and then the other, targeting the arms and then the legs. You can identify where you are weak, where you are tight, where your issues are coming from. Muscle imbalances cause the majority of non-disease or congenital pain.
Most muscle pain is actually a signal from the body that the muscles are too weak to perform the task at hand.
In fact, most pain in general is priceless information about what needs attention NOW so that it doesn’t become worse. But we treat it like an inconvenience to be covered up and pushed aside, left alone to breed more of the same.
Joint pain, too, is almost always related to muscle imbalnces. Muscles move us by pulling on bones; a pull one way has to be balanced by a pull the other way. Otherwise, the joint will misalign, causing dysfunction and premature wear and tear. But strong, balanced muscles will perserve joint functionality and reduce or eliminate joint pain: I know, because for 43 years I’ve been battling Reiter’s Syndrome, a rheumatic/arthitic autoimmune disease that has fused most if not all of my spine and destroyed most of the cartilage in my body. But by pairing an anti-inflammatory lifestyle with Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching, I’ve maintained a highly functional, low pain life that in many ways is superior to that of my peers (I’m 68) who are battling not crippling disease, but suboptimal lifestyle choices. Our lifestyles will age is much faster than the calendar. And I am freaky strong; I don’t just work with Boomers and Seniors, but also with high school, college and semi-pro athletes. Fourteen years of Ki-Hara will dramatically remodel your body and capabilities. Even a few sessions will reveal potential that has been overlooked, but not lost. It must be said, though, that the longer it is neglected, the harder it is to resusciate.
And if you aren't in pain?
Congratulations! You can dive headlong into a total bdy fitness system that will give you cardio, strength and flexibility training, all at the same time. We’ve covered the strength and flexiblity; where does the cardio come in?
All these exercises use lots of muscle, and that muscle needs attention, which means it needs a robust blood supply. Time to get the heart rate up! And because the exercises are set up to target different muscle groups in different ways, there is no downtime; we are constantly making the heart do its job at a high level, and the heart is also a muscle. We are training it to get stronger and more efficieint.
Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching is one of the best investments you can make in your quality of life. As we become wiser, we learn that our quality of life is not about what we own, it’s about what doesn’t own us. If you are ready to pursue your best life, try a free class. Call 518-727-6233 or email email@example.com tp reserve your spot.
So, are you ready to learn what your pain, stiffness and weakness are trying to tell you... and better yet, how to REVERSE the process, getting yourself in the shape of your life? With Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching, you will train strength, flexibility and cardio-vascular function at the same time, using your "secret superpower" that will safely trigger adaptation with an efficiency that other systems just can't match. And you will reconnect your mind with your body, improve balance and coordination, and allow you to decipher the priceless information that our bodies send us all the time, but that we can't understand anymore, because we've stopped trying.
And you can try it at no risk; just scroll to the bottom for class times and info.
Why aren’t you functioning as well as you could? Basically, because you trained yourself not to. You see, your body is an adaptation machine: it adapts to the demands you put on it. That’s how our ancestors survived. When conditions changed, they could cope. And that’s what your body is trying to do; it’s specializing in doing what you tell it to.
Sit a lot? You become expert at sitting. That means tight lower hamstrings, hip flexors, chest muscles and neck flexors. Unfortunately, they aren’t strong, because they aren’t working much, just adapting to the positions you hold.
It also means weak quads, glutes, lower and upper back muscles, and neck extensors., because they are the partners or antagonists to the tight muscles. When one muscle shortens, its antagonist has to stretch; otherwise you’d be locked in a position where neither muscle will let the other do what it wants. And this situation is problematical, because you are now full of muscle imbalances, which can cause you all kinds of trouble, and are injuries waiting to happen.
What kind? How about joint pain! Muscles move you by pulling on bones. A muscle imbalance means a joint is being distorted, because the muscle that should be stabilizing the joint is too weak.
Muscle pain, too, is frequently due to muscle imbalances. Pain and strength use the same neural pathways; and pain is often a signal that the muscles involved are too compromised to do their job. In fact, a lot of musculo-skeletal pain is really priceless information about what needs attention, but we treat it as an annoyance, because we’re “just too busy” with more important things. Then, one day, your body breaks, just like anything else that you misused long enough.
And now it’s time for drugs or invasive operations, or maybe just dumbing down your life to accommodate your reduced functionality.
So sitting for long periods of time is bad – we know that. But so are lots of other things we do. Repetitive motion injuries? More muscle imbalances. Slump over? More back pain (not to mention poorer breathing, less energy and more instability).
And I could go on. But let’s get to the good stuff : how you fix it, or get even better than you are now.
Everyone knows we are supposed to stretch. It’s all over the media. But when, how, how often? And although stretching feels good after we do it, sometimes we don’t do the best stretches for what we want. And then you have to do cardio and strength training, too. Who has the time and expertise?
You do. By incorporating resistance in your stretching, you can strength train, cardio train and stretch all at once. With Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching, you actively tense the muscles that you then stretch. And the resistance is where the magic happens. It's your "secret superpower"; because we can generate more resistance than we can strength, as you can easily proce with a dumbbell. Lets say you can curl a 20# dumbbell with one hand, but that's it. If you used two hands to curl a 30# dumbbell, and then let go with one hand, you could lower it with just the other hand. Strength to raise it, resistance to lower it. And now you're learning how to use this superpower!
In conventional strength training, weights, machines, bands or your own passive body mass generate the resistance. In Ki-Hara, the stretcher generates both the resistance and the force to overcome it, doubling the effectiveness of the workout. Since we resist through the stretch phase and through the strength phase, we are always stretching and strengthening the involved muscles. In addition, the muscles involved in stretching and strengthening the target muscles are themselves being strengthened and stretched. When the muscle(s) are stretching the target muscle, they are being strengthened, and vice versa.
Ki-Hara uses a system of 16 different stretches that target all the major muscle groups of the body. The exercises are set up in pairs so that you first work a muscle group and then work its antagonist (in this system, balancing) muscle group. This allows you to maintain a high level of effort while reducing or eliminating rest periods. Ki--Hara can provide a high intensity, low impact cardio workout. The fact that the system is set up in circuit training fashion means that this demand can be sustained to elevate heart rate. And you get FUNCTIONAL core training, because when one side of your body works against the other, or your arms work against your legs, your core has to work to stabilize you. So EVERY exercise is a core exercise, at no extra charge!
That's why this is the breakthrough fitness system that Olympic and professional athletes use to elevate performance and prevent injury.
It's also safe enough for the elderly, and for people with issues. It can be done almost anywhere. In less than an hour, you've started a process tha will give you strength, flexiblity and cardio training, while producing massive improvements in core strength and stability.
AND it will show you how to troubleshoot your body to prevent or rehab injuries. Oh, and almost no equipment required, so you can do it anywhere, anytime.
Sounds too good to be true? Check out these frequently asked questions and see for yourself.
Why is Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching the perfect health and fitness system for me, whether I'm looking to build long lean muscles, improve athletic performance, reduce the chances of injury, address joint and muscle issues, or upgrade my range of mortion, balance and stability?
To answer that, let’s see how Ki-Hara works: you tense a muscle group, and then use other muscles to force the tensed muscle group to stretch. That is the key, you stretch muscles that are resisting. All the advantages flow from that. In fact, let’s try a stretch. You can do this sitting, standing or in a lunge position; this will vary the core workout as the less stable your position is, the harder your core will work.
Raise your left arm to the side of your body so that you forearm is parallel to the floor, and bend the elbow 90 degrees so that your hand is pointing to the ceiling.
Reach across your body with your other hand and grab your left elbow. Inhale deeply.
Now exhale slowly as you pull your left elbow towards your right shoulder, while you resist with the left arm. At the end of the range that feels good to you, inhale slowly as you pull the left elbow back to the starting position, resisting with the right hand.
Well, I can see how that would produce long, lean muscles.
Exactly. You are stretching a muscle through its full range of motion, lengthening it and making it stronger at the same time. In fact, resisting while forcing the muscles to lengthen actually produces the highest level of demand on them, and demand level determines fitness level.
Imagine you’re curling a dumbbell, the heaviest you can handle. Now someone hands you one that’s almost twice as heavy, helps you curl it up, and tells you to lower it by yourself. You can! That’s the essence of resistance stretching, where the muscle is lengthening under tension. You can generate signifgicantly more resistance than you can strength. This is a function of muscle physiology.
How can it be so safe if it generates such a high demand? What if I’m not in good shape?
The resistance protects the muscle from overstretching or tearing, and it stabilizes the joints involved. And if you’re not in good shape, you can’t generate that much strength to stretch the muscles; the system automatically adjusts to your fitness level. This is why I can teach the same stretches to elite athletes and seniors: each stretcher has complete control over the range, the intensity and the duration. You decide what is appropriate for you. In fact, that’s a huge benefit – you HAVE to pay attention to your body. That’s how you re-establish the mind/muscle connection, which makes it easier to then do other things too. And there are different versions of the stretches, so you can decide which one is best for you. I don't fit people to the system; I fit the system to people.
I can see how athletes would benefit.
The 12 time Olympic medalist swimmer Dara Torres calls this system the “secret weapon” that allowed her to break the American record in the 100m freestyle at the Beijing Olympics, at the age of 41! And Beijing gold medalist gymnast Nastia Liukin used Ki-Hara to rehab from injuries that she thought were going to prevent her from competing! NBA, MLB, NHL and all kinds of Olympians have used Ki-Hara to prevent injury while supercharging performance. The power, speed and accuracy of a muscle’s contraction is directly proportional to its ability to lengthen under tension. The more tension it can generate while getting longer, and the longer it can get while resisting, the more forcefully and efficiently the muscle can shorten.
But what if I’m not an athlete?
You may not be a competitive athlete, but we’re all athletes in the quality of life marathon. Wouldn’t you like to be stronger, leaner, more efficient and less susceptible to pain and injury?
Tell me more about preventing or dealing with pain or injury.
Straining or pulling muscles happens when you overload them; weaker muscles are most susceptible because they can't balance or control the stronger antagonist muscle. And chronically stronger muscles will tend to weaken the balancing muscles even more by a process called reciprocal inhibition; when a muscle contracts, it inhibits the balncing muscle to keep it from contracting as much. Otherwise, you'd be locked in position as the two muscles fight each other. Once you've released the chronic muscle tension in the stronger muscle and strengthened the weaker muscle, they can work together better, and your joints can re-align in the way they were meant to be.
Sounds good. But why can’t I just do other exercises?
A well designed exercise program is a great idea, but here are the Ki-Hara advantages. There are 16 different stretches, that target all the major muscle groups. The exercises are set up in pairs, where you work a group, and then its balancing group or antagonist. (This is called a superset.) So we would work the quads, and then the hamstrings. Now you can start to diagnose where your imbalances are, so you know what needs the most attention. And because you have to generate the resistance, as well as the force to overcome it, it's more efficient than using machines, weights or bands to generate resistance for you to overcome. Because we go from working one muscle group to the next, this becomes a cardio workout, as our rcovery is just using different muscles, or muscles in different ways. You don't need to rest between exercises.
Won't I get bulky?
Not unless you are willing to put together a nutritional and supplement program to give yourself the raw materials you need to build massive muscle and manipulate your hormone levels. Bulking up is a lot harder than most people who haven't done it realize.
It sounds great. But what if I don't like it?
To insure your satisfaction, you can register to try a class with no risk - if you choose not to continue, there's no charge. There are openings Tuesdays at 6:30 PM, Thursdays at 10 AM , and Saturdays at 9 AM; the Mondays at 6:25 PM class is full. Or. if you can get 5-8 people together, we'll schedule a class for you! Classes are limited to 8; so call 518-727-6233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org soon to ensure availability. Classes last about an hour. Come dressed in workout clothes and bring your water bottle; we'll supply purified water for your workout.