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Old 01-02-2011, 08:44 AM   #1
William F. Burgess
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Active Isolated Stretch

Looks like I recieved zero hits when I put this term in the search engine. Anybody out there familiar with this technique? I am liking it so far.

Seems for me, the immediate increase in mobility is not as miraculous as say, isometric stretching. However, it also seems to loosen up the muscles in such a way that they just don't tighten back up upon cooling down. In this sense, it seems it can result in more true flexibility increases if used consistently. The jury is still out for me, I will try for about a month and see what happens.
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Old 01-02-2011, 07:42 PM   #2
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Re: Active Isolated Stretch

Will,
AIS is an awesome technique if done right and well. Do not overdo it. It is to active stretch reflex patterns and CNS stimulation. I have used it with clients/athletes for over 10 years now. It can be over done very quickly.

The demand is high....in all regards time it up right...and use in conjunction with a proper corrective program. Without the corrective movement/stretches/patterns you will actually decrease the proper ROM in the long run.

Little point to pop in, good stuff...SP
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:06 PM   #3
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AIS is an awesome technique if done right and well. Do not overdo it. It is to active stretch reflex patterns and CNS stimulation. I have used it with clients/athletes for over 10 years now. It can be over done very quickly.
Please elaborate. Should I do a routine as described in "The Whartons Stretch Book" for weightlifting in my case...

...or do all of the stretches in this series(link is to Part 1 of 5, wfs)...or just some?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWwu5x8jeKg

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The demand is high....in all regards time it up right...and use in conjunction with a proper corrective program. Without the corrective movement/stretches/patterns you will actually decrease the proper ROM in the long run.
Sounds like you are a Functional Movement Specialist? Having done the screen a few times and having had corrective execises prescribed, I can't help but notice how the AI stretches seem to mimic these due to the fact that you activley contract into the stretched position. Almost like an "all in one".

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Old 01-02-2011, 10:26 PM   #4
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Re: Active Isolated Stretch

I use to use AIS quite a bit, but have since mostly ditched it in favor of all kinds of myofascial release tactics......much like MWOD stuff.

The whartons book is good but really basic, and like scott said, its not corrective, just throws a bunch of stretches at you.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:22 AM   #5
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Re: Active Isolated Stretch

Will,
I do have FMS training, but not the only gist on the AIS stuff.

What I would recommend is prior to training some good myo-release stuff, like foam rolling or something similar, a few corrective stretch/movements, some dynamic work in proper areas specific to training, and then some muscle activation thrown in as well.

I do not prescribe book specific stuff or routines found online. That is because I may not know the exact specifics of them, as well as the individual/group using them.

You can always use some deep stretch techs in between movements or post training to speed up some blood volume to the area...just be careful with doing too much. Also post training, use a contrast hot/cold shower and that will flush some inflammation/tightness as well as attract heat to the areas needed.

Hope this helps a little...good stuff, SP
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I do not prescribe book specific stuff or routines found online. That is because I may not know the exact specifics of them, as well as the individual/group using them.
I understand, you don't wan't to prescribe anything specific because you have not screened me and therefore don't know of any particular issues I may have.

In a perfect world, I would be able to afford to consult with a specialist and follow a unique plan designed for me. As it is, I can just do the basics. I do recall that the results of my screen did not show any major assymetry, just major stiffness. So I hope I wont go wrong by just working on my flexibility in general.

I do have Gray Cook's "Athletic Body in Balance". How much can one be self taught and self screen?

Thanks for the input, and btw did you like the vids?
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Re: Active Isolated Stretch

Will,
No worries...I don't really mind offering advice.

And yes you can self screen...I use my own screening in my facility...so please do not think it is just Gray and Lee's stuff.

I didn't check out the vids, but will now.

As far as a typical warm-up...check out my log in the "LOG" section on this forum. I had a ton of questions regarding what i do in regards to warm-up. It is a small template. I adjust for personal needs or training needs, but there is a normal one up on it. Check it out and tell me your thoughts or if it can answer anything for you.

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