The Skinny on Resistance Flexibility and Strength Training

1. Muscles do not stretch the way most everyone thinks they do. You must continuously contract the muscles while lengthening them, from a position where those muscles are as short as possible and into a length where they are as long as possible. You can only lengthen to a range where the muscles being stretched can still resist. The resistance used to stretch a muscle must approach 2X's the maximum resistance that the person can over come in Resistance Strength Training. Resisting during stretching takes the pain out of stretching and prevents over-stretching (over-stretching creates dangerous potential weaknesses in and around joint structures).

2. When you Resistance Flexibility Train muscles the result is an immediate, cumulative, and permanent change in resistance flexibility (note: range of motion is not the true flexibility range of the muscle) with a simultaneous increase in the ability of those muscles to shorten more optimally (the resistance stretch length is inversely proportional to the shortening length). Stretching without contracting a muscle produces a false range of motion known as substitution, and ultimately results in over-stretching and injury.

3. The resulting improvements in Resistance Flexibility result in dramatic bio-mechanical realignment of the skeletal system - improved bone rotational relationships (BRI) occur. This translates into increases in speed, acceleration, and accuracy in skill level.

4. Where everyone knows that enormous practice is necessary to establish masterful skill performance, only by bio-mechanically upgrading the BRI through Resistance Flexibility and Strength Training can you bring a person into levels of performance previously unexpected of them while removing targeted areas of significant unnatural stresses on joints and their surrounding tissues.

5. Because Resistance Flexibility and Strength Training uses maximal amounts of force, the myofascial structures are literally stripped of scar tissue and dense fascia while increasing arterial and venous blood flow, joint capsule pliability, ligament and tendon elasticity and strength, metabolism in and around the muscles and skeletal structures, oxygenation to all tissues, increasing the capacity for elimination of waste products and toxic substances, etc.

6. Resistance Flexibility and Strength Training results in additional physiological and psychological concomitant with each of the 16 different types of stretches, 16 major muscle groups, and 16 organs.

Perhaps the most important concomitance with Organs and Meridian-Muscle Groups is the 'body part' or tissue. The following is a revised list of the body parts associated with each Meridian that is normally presented in Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Body Part


Gallbladder Ligaments Digestive System (Fat Metabolism)
Liver Tendons Detoxification
Lung Oxygenation Air Elimination System
Large Intestine Venous Blood Flow Waste Elimination System
Stomach Muscles Muscular System
Spleen/Pancreas Fascia Digestive System (Enzyme Catalyst)
Heart Blood Volume Blood Circulation
Small Intestine Cerebral Spinal Fluid Cranial Sacral System
Brain Nerves Nervous System
Sexual Hormones Endocrine and Reproductive System
Pericardium Arterial Blood Flow Arterial Circulation
Skin Skin External Immune System
Bladder Bones Skeleton System
Kidney Joints Urinary System
Appendix Cartilage Elimination of Toxins
Thymus Lymph Nodes Internal Immune System

8 Upper Body
Muscle Groups

8 Upper Body
Meridian Muscle Groups

Upper Body Muscle Groups
Upper Body Meridian Muscle Groups

8 Lower Body
Muscle Groups

8 Lower Body
Meridian Muscle Groups

Lower Body Muscle Groups
Lower Body Meridian Muscle Groups

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