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#336770 - 10/12/05 01:51 PM Re: Stretching Machines DO work [Re: ToddR]
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Registered: 10/04/05
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Loc: York, PA
Oops, should've searched the Stretching forum before asking that last question. I saw MartialMike's awesome post on his experience with the Kurz book. I have all the information I need now. Thanks.

#336771 - 10/22/05 08:00 PM Re: Stretching Machines DO work [Re: ToddR]
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Todd the biggest thing is to make sure you stretch EVERY day. Static stretches (Stretching machine) can help dramatically, dynamic drills can help just as much if not more for your actually kicking flexability. One thing I have personally noticed with myself is light stretching before a workout, finishing off a workout with a 30 min + stretching routine has shown the greatest results. I guess it has something to do with your muscles being warm and loose already along with them being tired and remembering. Not sure that this is accurate for everyone, but has shown true with me.
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#336772 - 10/22/05 08:17 PM Re: Stretching Machines DO work [Re: CobraLionz]
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Let me say that I have been using a hurley 2000 stretcher religiously for the past 2 months.

The thing is; I'm not paying anything for a medieval torture device. Especially when it only stretches one direction of movement.
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#336773 - 10/23/05 02:11 AM Re: Stretching Machines DO work [Re: rideonlythelabel]
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#336774 - 10/23/05 08:46 AM Re: Stretching Machines DO work [Re: jc4199]
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I can save ya some time and money. Get a rope, put a loop in one end for your foot and throw it over a tree branch. Place you foot in the loop and pull. lol
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#336775 - 10/29/05 01:07 AM Re: Stretching Machines DO work [Re: CobraLionz]
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Hi All,
I'm a novice stretcher. I have a Veraflex leg stretching machine and have gotten from 90 to 125 degress in about 23 days. I can only go up to about 100 degrees without the machine. The rest must be just my tendon and ligaments stretching that snaps back after I take the machine pressure off. I'm 53 and never have stretched a day in my life. I've always been as stiff as a board. I've been clicking up to 130 degrees but I can't last a minute because the pain is too much. I see Cobra got to 160 degrees. (WOW) I'd love to get to 150 and max out there. How much time do you spend on your machine routine and how long do you hold the stretch when you're at or nearing your max? I'm plateauing and I feel like giving up. The pain is ridiculous. Thanks!
PS I've searched the net and couldn't find any machine routines. Does anyone know of any?

#336776 - 11/05/05 11:56 AM Re: Stretching Machines DO work [Re: 7777776]
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Registered: 04/07/05
Posts: 60
I posted this in its own thread and received no replies, so I thought I'd try hereó I'm getting ready to buy a stretching machine as a Thanksgiving present for myself. I know that stretching machines arenít perfect (Iíve read the other threads on this topic), but I think one would make my television and reading time a little more physically productive, and I'm looking for recommendations.

Right now I'm looking at the Flex180 (see it at, the MTI/Swift Royal Wheel Stretcher (, and the Century Versaflex ( Each seem to have advantages and disadvantages, aside from those inherent in stretching machines. Iím hoping to get some comparisons and contrasts from those who have used them.

The bottom line, though, is that I have a very small house, and do not have room for dedicated exercise equipment. The machine must double as furniture. I have to be able to sit back in the thing to read and watch TV, as if it were a chase lounge/recliner. I doubt that the rollers that form the seat-back on the Flex180 will cut it. The seats on the other two only come up to the small of the back. I need a seat-back that will support my head in a reclined positionó a little more than two feet tall. And I need a seat that will recline.

Do the seats for the Flex180, MTI/Swift, or Versaflex tilt back into a reclined position?

Does anyone know if seats from other exercise equipment, more appropriate for my needs, will fit on any of these machines? How hard would it be to rig a taller seat-back into these machines? (Keep in mind that Iím not a carpenter or welder.)

I was able to get ahold of a rep for Century and the Flex180, who both say that their companies make no taller seat-backs that would fit their machines. But I canít find the manufacturer of the MTI/Swift Royal Wheel Stretcher (which seems to be marketed under other names, by the way). Does anyone have this machine, and if so, did it come with a manual that has the manufacturerís (preferably American) phone number or web address?

How long are the "legs" on these machines? Inevitably, the people in the promotional photos have their feet are dangling off the end of the things. Seems uncomfortable and just too short to be practical as furniture.

Does the Flex180 or MTI/Swift measure the degree angle of the stretch as the Versaflex does?

Finally, does anyone know of another machine that might better suits my needs and where I can buy one?

Please let me know!

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