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Announcing: Kinstretch

Posted: March 2, 2021
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We are so excited to be adding to our class offering, and to be the first to offer Kinstretch® in Spokane with our beloved mobility expert: Julia Woodd.

What is Kinstretch®?

Kinstretch is a movement enhancement system which develops not only flexibility, but USABLE range of motion using scientifically grounded concepts. Usable range of motion is also known as mobility.

What is the goal of Kinstretch®?

The purpose of Kinstretch is to help you what you love to do BETTER. Whether that’s strength training at FGF, playing with your kids or grandkids, or going for a long hike, we all have activities that bring us joy. Kinstretch aims to help us do these activities as well as possible for as long as possible by giving us the appropriate ranges of motion required to do these activities, as well as inducing physical longevity and health of our joints. Kinstretch can also help to mitigate injury by increasing strength in commonly untrained ranges of motion.

Who can participate in Kinstretch®?

Humans. Kinstretch is not a “one-size fits all” class, and is not designed for any one specific population. Every part of class is taught with the intention of personalization to individual needs, and the instructor will educate attendees on how to do so. Although Kinstretch is high-level, specified strength training, no experience or mobility requirements are necessary.

What can I expect from a class?

Each class is programmed based on the participants of that class and overall community needs. Yes, you read that correctly if YOU are attending class, it will be programmed to YOUR needs, but the work will occur in a group/class setting. Following a brief warm-up which additionally serves as a self-assessment, the instructor will lead class members through a variety of scientific principles applied to one or more specific joints. This class uses very limited equipment and no external load, meaning it is based on internal effort. No impact, no weights. You can expect to feel fatigued in the joint(s) we are working, and potentially sore for a few days following.

For more information and testimonials about Kinstretch, visit

How is Kinstretch® different than previously taught Mobility Flow classes?

Though Kinstretch and Mobility Flow (with Julia) are both grounded in Functional Range Conditioning principles, Kinstretch does not include the “flow” portion — yoga postures and sequences — that was included in Mobility Flow classes. Instead, in Kinstretch we dedicate as much time as possible towards applying intentional force to the range of motions in which we are training, in order to give our bodies the stimulus needed to actually change and improve our mobility. If you’ve attended a Mobility Flow class previously, you’ll be familiar with some of the concepts we use in Kinstretch. Though the goal of Kinstretch is not relaxation, many find peace in the act of concentration, education, and awareness in relation to one's body.

What to wear/bring to class?

Wear comfortable clothes for moving and sitting on the floor, and shoes that are easily removed. If you have your own yoga mat, bring it too. Ready to try it out? First class is Wednesday March 17th. Book on MINDBODY, with special introductory pricing for the month of March!

About Julia:

Hi, I’m Julia! You might recognize me from Mobility Flows on Zoom, coaching in CDA, and even a few appearances coaching in Spokane.

I began my education attending EWU where I received a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science, and became an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) shortly after. Traditional strength training was my passion, and I began coaching others soon after finishing my education. Though I continued to love traditional strength training, I began to feel that something was missing. The fields of physical rehabilitation (think PT) and athletics/fitness were worlds apart, and I didn’t feel completely satisfied in either. At the time, I was constantly injured or in pain, and no one from either field could give me good answers. I spent so much time stretching, rolling, and doing PT-prescribed exercises with little to no results. Many therapists and trainers considered this “normal” or told me it was just the way my body was. It was often suggested to me that I simply could not continue to exercise the way I liked to if I wanted to avoid being in pain. {emoji] Unfortunately, I began to believe this, until I stumbled upon Functional Range Systems (FRS).

Within FRS, I found many others who had similar experiences what I had and learned how to take control of their training in order to decrease pain and injury, while still doing the things they loved. I learned that true mobility training is NOT what I previously thought. I had been doing it all wrong. I became a certified Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist, and engulfed myself in any bit of knowledge I could find on the subject. I continued my education by becoming a certified Kinstretch instructor, allotting me the tools to teach this high-level joint specific mobility training to anyone and everyone. In my own practice, I’ve made considerable progress and continue to work on improving my mobility so I can continue to do the things I love. My hope is that I can help YOU, as many people as possible, understand that the power lies within the individual to change one’s situation, despite what others may say. I can’t wait to show you how!

When I’m not training or talking about mobility, catch me hiking with my pups, paddle-boarding, or pretending to be an accomplished pianist. Can’t wait to see you in the gym!

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