FLEX-ABLE IS AN INNOVATIVE NEW APPROACH TO FITNESS AND EXERCISE DEVELOPED BY 
GENTRIC ISAACSON AND ROSS COUCH. 
With nearly 20 years of training experience between them, Gentric and Ross have come to realize that fitness is no longer about lifting heavy weights or enduring hours upon hours of excruciating cardio. Real health and fitness is about functional movement.
 
There are three vital components to the human movement system; the Nervous System, the Muscular System and Skeletal System.  They operate independently but function together.  Without one component, the other components are unable to work.  Flex-Able has developed a series of strategic stretches designed specifically to identify and address all three components of the human movement system.
 
By incorporating all aspects of the human movement system and progressively moving the body through this series, Flex-Able clients can feel a change immediately.  Studies have shown that the body will return to its original state within 2-3 days. The human movement system requires time to re-educate and re-program, usually achieving the desired flexibility and range of motion after 3 months of our program. The more you work at it the greater and sooner your progress will be.


METHOD
MOVEMENT
One thing that everyone needs is proper joint mobility. Without this key component, simple actions such as playing sports, sitting too long at the computer/TV, or tying your shoes can all lead to limited ROM (Range of Motion.) Increased stress and tension can create patterns of relative flexibility that can lead to joint dysfunction and body compensation. Flex-Able aims to correct these compensations allowing its clients to live a much happier, healthier, and more productive life!
 
Everyone should stretch daily, however most people don't stretch at all, and if they do, they don't understand how to stretch properly and they don't hold their stretches long enough. At Flex-Able, our Trained Stretch Therapists take you through a sequence of progressive stretching techniques that result in deeper stretches that lengthen and elongate the muscles. We use different stretching techniques, such as AIS and PNF, that can only be performed with the assistance of a Stretch Therapist.

WITH PURPOSE
A movement assessment is used first to identify the overactive and underactive muscles of the body.  The only true way to get proper alignment is to have correct balance of the muscles surrounding all joints.  Repetitive motions result in our muscles adapting to the stresses placed upon them, this leads to muscle imbalances, improper joint mobility and postural dysfunction.  When we develop tightness in our body it’s our bodies way of saying something is working harder than it should.  

Once overactive (tight) muscles have been identified, Flex-Able’s Stretch Therapists execute a series of stretches specific to the limitation of the client.  The primary goal of these stretches is to lengthen the tight overactive muscles, thus retraining the body to function optimally.  With proper flexibility, the body is now able to move and function the way it was designed to.

As the client progresses in their flexibility, the body must now reeducate the opposing muscles that may have become weakened or overly stretched. The best way to do this is by isolated activation of the dormant or weakened muscle. Once that muscle has been incorporated the next step is to introduce it through integrated functional movement, thus leading to a more complete movement complex.

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30 MINUTE STRETCHES
Everyone's movement patterns and stretching needs are different. After doing a series of simple movement assessments we will be able to identify any overactive and underactive muscles. The information gathered will them be used to design a sequence of stretches specific to your needs. We will perform a combination of Upper and Lower body stretches during the 30 Minute Stretching Session.
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60 MINUTE STRETCHES
Our complete sequence of Upper and Lower Body Stretches. We designate 30 minutes to stretching your upper body: Neck, Trunk, Shoulders, and Arms, and 30 minutes to stretching your lower body: Ankles, Legs and Hips. The more flexible you become the greater mobility you have, there's no such thing as being too flexible.
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CLASSES
FLEX-ABLE MOVEMENT
This class is designed to use your body weight and the assistance of a yoga strap to lengthen and elongate your muscles. Learn the proper way to stretch specific muscles without hurting yourself in a group setting.
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SMR 101
SMR 101 – Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) utilizes the use of foam rollers to break up myofascial knots. Learn the proper way to use a foam roller in a group setting. It's like giving yourself a massage that you control.
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BENEFITS
Better Posture
Chronically tense and tight muscles contribute to poor posture, which in turn can affect the functioning of our internal organs, not to mention our appearance. Stretching the muscles of the lower back, shoulders and chest can help keep the back in better alignment and improve posture.
ENHANCED COORDINATION
Maintaining the full range of motion through your joints keeps you in better balance. Coordination and balance will keep you mobile and less prone to injury from falls, especially as you get older.
Increased Flexibility and Range of Motion
Chronically tense and tight muscles contribute to poor posture, which in turn can affect the functioning of our internal organs, not to mention our appearance. Stretching the muscles of the lower 
back, shoulders and chest can help keep the back in better alignment and improve posture.
Relaxation & Stress Relief
Stretching done properly helps to relax tense muscles, which result from stress. The feeling of relaxation brings a sense of wellbeing and relief from tension.
Prevent And Reduce Lower Back Pain
Greater flexibility and range of motion in the hamstrings, hips, and pelvis will help reduce the stress on your spine that causes lower back pain.
Increase Circulation
Stretching improves circulation of blood to the muscles and joints. Increased blood circulation, brings nutrients to our cells and removes waste by products.
ABOUT US
GENTRIC ISAACSON - FOUNDER & OWNER
Gentric is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine since 2009. He holds certifications in: Balance Training, Reactive Training, Cardio for Fitness Performance, Resistance Training, Core Training, Neuromuscular Stretching, Weight Management and Behavior Change. Gentric was most recently awarded the 2016 Best Personal Trainer by the Charleston Post and Courier. While working with clients who have suffered debilitating injuries, Gentric learned the importance of balancing the muscles around the joints to alleviate pains through proper stretching and corrective exercise which led him to open Flex-Able.
ROSS COUCH - MANAGER
Ross is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) with over 12 years of fitness and training experience. Ross has held positions as a General Manger, Fitness Director, and Head Trainer throughout his career in the fitness industry. Ross has a passion for corrective exercise that goes above and beyond just the superficial aspects of aesthetics and weight loss.
VICTOR GREENE - STRETCH THERAPIST
Victor is a fitness enthusiast who is very passionate about health and wellness. Victor is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through Action Personal Training (ACT). Victor also received an Advance Nutrition Certification with ACT.
He has USA Boxing Local Coach (Level 1) and SafeSport Certifications through USA Boxing as well.
"Approach tomorrow with more energy and intensity then yesterday"
DE'ANN JOHNSON - STRETCH THERAPIST
De'Anne has been a certified personal trainer for over 30 years, with certifications through ACE, AFAA, NCCPT and ASCA. She is originally from California, where she earned a degree in exercise science. More recently she completed her core classes for Physical Therapy at Mitchelle Community College in NC.
"I feel continued education is vital for anyone in the Health and Wellness Field"
STEPHEN NUTWELL - STRETCH THERAPIST
KATELYN HEADRICK - STRETCH THERAPIST
Katelyn is a certified personal trainer with a bachelors degree in athletic training and sports medicine. She moved to Charleston from Akron-Canton Ohio in 2008, to pursue and education at Charleston Southern University.
Katelyn's passion is to not only live a healthy life to the fullest, but to also pay it forward! She is honored to be part of the Flex-Able team.
ROBERT CORRIGAN - STRETCH THERAPIST
Rob studied exercise science and kinesiology at the American Academy of Personal Training in his hometown of Boston, Massachusetts and is certified through ACE and ISCA. He spent 3 years training in commercial and small studio settings such as the Boston Sports Clubs and the Harvard Alumni Association. Last year, he received his MBA from the College of Charleston.
Functional movement training is a topic close to his heart. Having battled a peripheral neuropathy disability called CMT disease, Rob continues to research new training methods that can help the biomechanics of those in special populations like himself.

MEGAN TURPIN - STRETCH THERAPIST
Megan graduated Cum Laude from Armstrong State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation sciences. She worked at ATI physical therapy as a rehabilitation technician for two years. Megan plans on continuing her education in physical therapy. She also coached JV volleyball at Ashley Ridge High School for the past two seasons, and coach club volleyball at Palmetto Strikers as the head 11/12’s developmental team and assistant to the 14’s team.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does Stretching Improve Flexibility?
Yes. There is conclusive evidence regarding stretching and flexibility. Loss of flexibility can be prevented and at least partially restored by stretching. However, that evidence is more compelling for a long-term stretching program than for shorter periods of time. Stretching to increase flexibility minutes prior to an event may be possible, but a stretching program over a period of months can lead to a sustained increase in range of motion
Can stretching improve performance?
Yes, if the stretches are designed to be sport specific. One study showed that an increase in the temperature of the vastus lateralis (a muscle in the upper leg) achieved by stretching resulted in an increase in vertical jump and an increase in maximal cycling power. Another study showed that a 10-week static stretching program resulted in improved performance in tests involving speed, strength, power, or muscle endurance. Additional research has shown benefits in throwing a baseball and serving a tennis ball following a stretching program that improved shoulder flexibility.
How many times should the same stretch be performed during one session?
As mentioned earlier, some research suggests that one stretch per muscle group is sufficient. However, many professionals recommend two or three repetitions for each 10-second stretch, or one repetition of 30 seconds. The rationale for multiple stretches is that connective tissue responds better to low-force, long-duration stretching than higher-force, short-duration stretches.
How long should a stretch be held?
One 15 to 30 second stretch per muscle group is sufficient for most people, but some exercisers require longer stretches as well as more repetitions.
Are there any benefits in holding stretches longer than 30 seconds?
There is no evidence that this is the case.
Should stretches be held for the same length of time for each muscle group?
No. Because the stretching properties vary from muscle group to muscle group, the optimal duration of a stretch and the frequency of stretching may also vary from person to person.
What is the stretch reflex?
A stretch reflex occurs when a muscle is first stretched to an extreme. At that point, a nerve impulse signals the muscle to contract. It is a protective mechanism that the body uses to protect muscle tissues from tearing.
Should stretching exercises be the same for healthy athletes and those recovering from injuries?
Injuries affect the stretching properties of muscles. Injured athletes may require stretches to be held longer to increase range of motion.
Does it help to warm up first and then do stretching exercises?
Generally, those who use an active warm-up prior to stretching get greater range of motion than those who only stretch.
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