A healthy body is a flexible body. Weight training and cardiovascular training are vital to good health, but when flexibility is neglected, stiffness, pain, injuries and overtraining can occur. Flexibility compliments the other fitness components by keeping the body limber to move freely during exercise and every day movements.
The goal for everyone, athletes and dancers, young and older populations, should be to achieve optimum flexibility.
Optimum flexibility is a combination of active, passive and dynamic flexibility. Which means the body is equally flexible while moving or holding a position (using the muscles of the body, gravity or the weight of the limbs). Optimum flexibility is achieved through flexibility training.
Flexibility training is a combination of:
The Extensa method is a flexibility training method. It was created to be accessible to all demographics as well as be effective and fun. Three programs were created under the Extensa banner to form the Extensa method. Each program achieves optimum flexibility through specialized training depending on demographic, fitness level, interests and learning preferences.
The three specialized programs are: