I Tried Hyperbolic Stretching And It Delivered — With One Big Caveat

by Ravi Ram

find that there are more effective and affordable options out there. While Hyperbolic Stretching promised to unlock hidden potential and boost athletic performance, it fell short of delivering on those claims.

First and foremost, it’s important to note that the term “Hyperbolic Stretching” is not recognized in scientific research. The program is marketed with exaggerated language, and its creator, Alex Larsson, does not provide sufficient credentials to back up his claims. This lack of scientific basis is a significant red flag when considering the effectiveness of the program.

Furthermore, Hyperbolic Stretching fails to distinguish between stretching and flexibility. Flexibility is defined as the range of motion around a joint, while stretching involves lengthening muscles and tendons. Research professor David Behm explains that the average person doesn’t need the extreme flexibility of a gymnast. Instead, individuals should focus on having enough flexibility to perform daily tasks and exercise without risking injury.

Another issue with Hyperbolic Stretching is its one-size-fits-all approach. Stretching programs should be tailored to individual needs and abilities. For example, people with hypermobility disorders should avoid stretching altogether, while some individuals are naturally “tight” and may not benefit from forced stretching. Unfortunately, Hyperbolic Stretching fails to take these considerations into account.

Additionally, the program’s pay-to-play model, charging a one-time payment of $27, raises questions about its true intentions. According to Phil Page, a physical therapist, trainer, and strength and conditioning specialist, these types of programs often appeal to as many people as possible to increase profits. Instead of focusing on the individual’s needs, they prioritize financial gain.

In terms of the program itself, the first week consisted of basic stretching exercises similar to yoga but with a bizarre presentation. The second and third weeks offered little variation, leading to diminishing returns and even minor injuries for some participants. Behm recommends focusing on movement in general to promote flexibility, as stretching isn’t the only way to achieve it. Foam rolling and resistance training can also be effective alternatives.

By the end of the four-week program, participants may have made some progress, but it’s important to question whether the program is worth the time and financial investment. The experts I consulted agreed that the average person doesn’t need to spend money to learn how to stretch. Engaging in regular physical activity for 150 minutes a week is more important and inherently fosters flexibility.

Overall, while Hyperbolic Stretching may have its enthusiasts, it falls short of providing a scientific basis, individualized approach, and cost-effectiveness. Busy parents looking to improve their flexibility may find more success and satisfaction with other forms of exercise and stretching routines that are supported by research and tailored to their specific needs.

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