Why Ki-Hara ?

Our philosophy is to create balance and efficiency in the body. We move the body how a body moves in real life – both concentrically and eccentrically and multi-joint / multi-movement rotations that grab more of the muscle fibers. Our focus is strength throughout the entire range of motion. Since human movement takes place when muscle are on or near their optimum lengths – this is crucial to smooth and safe movements – especially in the athletic realm as they are taking their body to its limits day in and day out. Most importantly – stability at the optimum lengths and that is what Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching is teaching the body – how to contract the muscle even when it is in it’s greatest range. Essentially, Ki-Hara trains the muscle the way they are used – this leads to injury prevention and training progression!

The association of eccentric training with both greater strength development and lower VO2 Max makes this exercise especially beneficial for injury prevention, as well as for training clients post-rehab. (Pedlow, Focus on Eccentric Training)

Ki-Hara is essentially the most efficient form of exercise as eccentric movements yields greater overall strength gains with less effort. This is due to the fact that muscle growth is from microtrauma to the muscle, and eccentrics (such as RS) cause more microtrauma than concentric (strength training) – so while it may initially result in more soreness, it will also result in more muscle growth.

Whether elite athletes or weekend warriors, the benefits of training both concentrically and eccentrically are numerous, including: strength, recovery, injury prevention, and lower VO2 Max. The best thing? The results are lasting:

Another interesting adaptation that occurs after a single bout of eccentric exercise is called the ‘repeated bout effect’. If a second bout of eccentric exercise is performed that is similar to the first, muscle damage is significantly reduced. This adaptation can last for several weeks, and possibly up to 6 months. The repeated bout effect can occur even if there is slight muscle damage. (Brughelli, Cronin, 819)

For the everyday individual, Ki-Hara can help the body function better as a whole to lead to safe movements and pain-free living. It is low impact and great for people of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels because you tailor the resistance to fit your needs