Stretching the right way can help you feel good, perform better, and stay healthy. That’s why it’s always been an integral part of P.volve, and why we’re so excited to introduce our new series with Joe Yoon, Sculpt & Release.
Joe is a licensed massage therapist and recovery expert who brings his approach to the P.volve method with Sculpt & Release. In this specialty series, Joe joins lead trainer Maeve in 10 targeted Strength & Sculpt workouts followed by 10 minutes of stretching to set the foundation for you to know your body better and achieve better overall performance in your everyday life.
The P.volve method is designed to provide a full-body workout that incorporates stretching and movement. P.volve also offers the following benefits:
- Increased flexibility through active motion in all directions increases range of motion, reduces muscle tightness, and can help decrease injury risk
- Improved balance through the emphasis on core strength and the mind-muscle connection
- Strength conditioning through dynamic core movements and functional exercises for increased stability & mobility
- Reduced pain throughout your body by properly strengthening muscles surrounding joints
Below, Joe walks us through the benefits of stretching, and why recovery through stretching should be just as important to your routine as the workout itself.
Benefit #1: Stretching helps improve your workouts
Stretching can help performance in your workout through the use of dynamic warmups. Dynamic warmups are stretching and mobility exercises that mimic some of the movements you will see in your workout so you body is fully prepared for it. Stretches before a work out also prepare your nervous system as well as prep muscles to handle what's ahead better, allowing yourself to perform at full throttle from beginning till end!
Benefit #2: Increased range of motion
One of the main reasons why people stretch is to increase mobility and flexibility. Your body can be seen as a master of compensation, meaning if one muscle or joint is "tight," your body will try and find the path of least resistance to achieve certain positions. This could lead to increased fatigue on other muscles that are over-compensating for these tight joints/muscles.
Benefit #3: Reduced stress and anxiety
Another reason why stretching is essential; it can be a way of calming your body down after an intense workout. Stretching combined with deep breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, decreasing your heart rate, decreasing stress, and sometimes helping to reduce anxiety.
Sculpt & Release continues to take this approach and spends time at the end of the workout to utilize self-massage using the massage ball set and other tools and stretches to optimize recovery.
This program is going to give you a total body workout. You'll be strengthening your hips and shoulders with the p.band and ankle bands, keeping those joints mobile using the slant board and cooling down post-workout by rolling out those tense muscles on the foam roller. As you progress through each session you begin to understand why Sculpt & Release is the perfect blend of strength and stability and elevating your recovery like the athlete you are!
For more info, check out our brand-new series, Sculpt & Release.
Joe Yoon is a certified personal trainer, licensed massage therapist, author of the book Better Stretching, and founder of the fitness training business Joetherapy. His clients and followers include Olympic Gold Medalists, NFL Pro Bowl players, championship bodybuilders, Hall of Fame golfers and basketball players, Hollywood celebrities, and people from every walk of life and age group. He lives in Orlando, Florida.