1. The Stretch*d Guide to Stretching


    We’ve all been guilty of sneaking out of class before that end stretch or skipping the post-run stretch because we have a million other things on our to-do lists. We also know that stretching is really important when it comes to keeping your muscles warm and helping them recover. Even if you have to sneak out of class early, getting a stretch in later in the day will still prove beneficial.


    If there is one person that knows the importance of stretching, it’s Stretch*d co-founder and COO Vanessa Chu. Stretch*d is the stretching destination, offering personal one-on-one stretching sessions with trained “Stretch*rs.” From when to stretch to the benefits, Vanessa is sharing all of her stretching wisdom below.


    When it comes to stretching, what’s the most important thing to keep in mind? 


    It's important to remember that consistency is key when it comes to stretching. Even stretching for 5-10 minutes a day is better than nothing at all. You also don't have to stretch immediately before or after a workout. If you don't have time, it's ok. Stretching later is still better than not stretching at all!


    What do people tend to get wrong about stretching?


    As mentioned, with stretching, people tend to think that they must do a full, comprehensive stretch immediately before or after a workout. Even if you do your stretching a few hours later, your body will still reap benefits.


    Also, people think that stretching is supposed to hurt. It's not! Our method at Stretch*d is designed to be gentle and pain-free. Feeling a sensation is good, if you are highly mobile in a particular area, you may not feel a strong sensation but that's ok. Even just getting blood flow and mobility to that area still has benefits. Pain is not the game when it comes to stretching.


    What is the biggest difference between stretching before and stretching after a workout?


    The goal of stretching before a workout is to make the muscle more ready to withstand strenuous weight or movement. Dynamic stretching in particular warms the muscles up by sending blood flow to them. This helps prevent injury.


    Stretching after a workout reduces inflammation and soreness. The boost of circulation that comes with dynamic stretching helps flush out waste matter and toxins that contribute to soreness.


    How long should you be holding a stretch for it to be effective? And how my “reps” should you be doing?


    The Stretch*d Method is based on active isolated stretching, which is dynamic and movement based. In this method, we don't hold stretches for any longer than 2-3 seconds. We do sets of multiple reps (10-12) to gently build flexibility with each rep. The reason why we apply this method is because we believe it is the safest, most effective way of stretching that can be applied to almost any body.


    What are some easy ways to enhance your stretching routine?


    We love enhancement tools! We designed a custom Stretch*d strap that helps assist you into stretch*s you do own your own at home. While you might not have the extra hands of a Stretch*r at all times, you can at least you this strap to make your toes feel a little closer to your nose!


    We also use the Hypervolt percussive massage gun during sessions to help break up knots or muscle adhesions to improve the effectiveness of the stretch. 


    We also are fans of CBD. We use a CBD cream during the stretch to also help relax the muscles and reduce inflammation.



    Visit Stretch*d at 27 W 20th Street, New York, NY 10011

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  2. 5 Ways to Spend Fall in New York City

    It’s officially fall in NYC! The colors, the crisp weather, the cozy layers (like our performance knitwear!) — what’s not to love? We might be spending less time out on the court, but we really can’t complain. Here are some of the things we’re looking forward to doing this season.

    October 21: MoMA Reopening 

    https://www.moma.org/about/new-moma

    With 40,000 square feet of new gallery space, we’re excited to visit the Museum of Modern Art’s newest exhibitions and expanded collection galleries.

    October 25: The Big Quiet Mass Meditation at The Guggenheim

    https://thebigquiet.com/

    Mass meditation is coming to The Guggenheim as part of The Big Quiet’s latest tour. Get centered alongside a few hundred friends inside a New York City institution.

    Through November: The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze

    https://hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze/

    There’s nothing quite like seeing 7,000 intricately carved pumpkins glowing in the night. Bring the family up to Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-On-Hudson to take it all in.



    November 1: New York City Marathon

    https://www.nyrr.org/tcsnycmarathon

    One of the best days to be a New Yorker, hands down. We’ll be cheering on runners as they finish the race in Central Park. 

    Through January: Pierre Cardin at the Brooklyn Museum

    https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/pierre_cardin


    Fashion month may be over, but we’ll be getting our fix at Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition explores decades worth of futuristic looks from the Italian designer.

    What are your fall plans?


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  3. Workouts for When the Temp Drops

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    With the temps starting to drop, it’s time to switch up your workout routine. Trade the course or the court for something a little cozier. Here are three workouts we’ll be trying:



    The Mirror

    https://www.mirror.co/

    For days when you really don’t want to head outside, there’s Mirror. You can stream classes on-demand with top instructors (like Tracy Anderson) and it looks good hanging on your wall. 



    HigherDOSE

    https://higherdose.com/


    Not exactly a workout per se, but a sweat session at HigherDOSE does the body good. Step into one of their infrared saunas when the cold starts to get to you and you’ll leave feeling warmed to the core (and maybe just a little bit lighter)!


    The Ness

    https://www.thenessnyc.com/


    Meet the trampoline cardio class you never knew you needed. At The Ness, you’ll jump, bounce and sculpt your muscles in this upbeat 50 minute class.

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