Friday, March 26, 2010

AIS: Active Isolated Stretching

Yesterday was a great day at the internship! I was rocking cool shades as I hit the ground running! 
It was a beautiful day! 

I brought some snacks with me, a banana, papaya spears and some vegan chewy crackers! 

And had oatmeal from Starbucks to start out! 

The trainer that I shadowed started out by stretching ME using a method called Active Isolated Stretching. It was such a great learning experience and such a great way of stretching! 
 Sorry, no pics! AIS involves holding each stretch for only 2 to 3 seconds and works with the body's natural ways to increase circulation and natural elasticity. 

He stretched my calfs and hamstrings and when I stepped off the table I felt as if I had just run five miles. It was a very intense 30 min stretching session. You start out by stretching the muscle as far as you can and then the trainer will give you that extra push for 2-3 seconds allowing the muscles to lengthen. It's a short enough time to keep the muscle reflex from activating the opposing muscle which can cause tension where you don't want it,  it really isolates the specific muscle fibers you are stretching. 

My legs felt fatigued because the stretching brings so much blood and oxygen to the area. 
You can read more about it here at Stretching USA. The technique is something I will be looking into more in the future for my own use. Thanks Doug for teaching me about AIS! 

Before I caught my bus, I got a little reading, planning and coffee drinking in, of course. 

This weekend I am taking a quick 2 day road trip with my buddy Ryan to see his band play in Chicago!
I have a book, mags and a bag of snacks! 

What do you take with you when you are road trippin'?  
Have a great weekend!!

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