Kinstretchis a class that enhances your abilities as an athlete and helps treat injuries and orthopedic pain caused from your specific lifestyle. Kinstretch is a derivative of Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), a comprehensive joint training system based on scientific principals and research. The goals of FRC training include mobility development, joint strength and integrity, connective tissue resilience, and body control.

The purpose of mobility development is to maximize your body’s movement safely, efficiently, and effectively. Developing joint strength helps improve mobility and movement which leads to a reduction of pain and injury. These goals are critical if and when weight is added to any movement. If you are unable to get into a position or range of motion, you cannot add weight without risking injury.

Because Kinstretch is designed to open up new ranges of motion for your joints, it’s not meant to be a replacement or alternative to regular fitness classes or routines. It is a concept designed to enhance your abilities and makes exercising easier. 

Dr. Andreo Spina, founder of Kinstretch said, "Kinstretch has a built-in self-assessment system allowing you to evaluate your own joints on a daily basis and anticipate injuries that might occur." With this knowledge, you can guide your training based on how your joints are feeling and functioning.

Taking a Kinstretch Class

Newsletter signup for email alerts

Philip Kish (pictured left and below) teaches a Kinstretch class on Sundays at 9 a.m. at CrossFit Detour, 945 37th Ave. NW in Rochester. Because the workout is new to town, Kish creates classes that are accessible for all levels. Classes teach you the scientific research in mobility training and utilizes very little equipment. 

Kinstretch is based on body weight exercises that will enhance your life and eliminate chronic pain or help you become a better athlete. "Kinstretch helps counteract the things we do in our daily lives that are harmful to our bodies," Kish said. "Many of us sit behind a desk at least five hours a day, then we drive home and sit on the couch and watch television." This is detrimental to our hips and back. 

The benefit of taking a Kinstretch class is that it challenges all body parts. The positions require slow and deliberate movements for the neck, shoulders, hips, elbows, ankles, toes, and other joints. "If you get a muscle cramp or your body starts shaking while holding a position, that is a good thing," Kish said. "It means you’re challenging your body."

What to Bring to a Kinstretch Session

Wear something comfortable that will allow your body to move freely. Shoes are not necessary; in fact, they may hinder certain movements. Kish teaches the class without shoes or socks, though you may want to wear socks.

Most facilities have the padded mats and equipment needed for class, but you may want to call before your first class. You can always bring your own mat, Kinstretch balls, and Kinstretch blocks. And, like any exercise class, bring water for hydration.

Who’s doing it?

There are several professional sports organizations, including the Chicago Cubs and the Seattle Mariners, who have adopted Kinstretch. There are also health and fitness companies embracing the method, as well as amateur athletes and individuals who suffer from chronic pain and injuries. There isn’t a specific population of people that Kinstretch targets; it’s designed for human beings in general.

Optimal Movement

Kish also works one on one with people at Optimal Movement, a business he started in 2016. He said there are many people who come to him with chronic shoulder issues, arthritis, migraines, low back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, or post-op treatments.

Kish teaches clients Kinstretch exercises to focus on the client’s needs. You may only need to meet with him once a week to ask questions or demonstrate the positions he provides to ensure proper form. He said, "You can do these exercises in about 10 to 12 minutes each day." 

"It’s like a prescription," Kish said. "I provide the exercises and follow up emails throughout the week that may incorporate more information and video demonstrations to enhance the client’s care."