Regardless of how you get your workout on, stretching is important. It limbers you up, gets your blood pumping and prevents injury and soreness. But is there a secret method of stretching that can actually help bulk you up, slim you down, enhance your flexibility and make you stronger in just four weeks?
Alex Larsson, the developer of Hyperbolic Stretching, sure thinks so. He has created two separate stretching routine programs: one for men and one for women. And he makes some pretty serious claims for each one.
Basically, he says that no matter what you want out of your workout routine, following his program will enhance the results. In fact, he says that old-fashioned stretching actually hinders your progress toward your goals.
Larsson was a computer software engineer up until 2018. Stiffness and pain caused by prolonged sitting and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle is what inspired him break the chain that tethered him to his desk and create this program. Since then, over 16,000 people have signed up.
It's not a video. It's an illustrated e-book. That's a big con for some people.
You get three bonus e-books with purchase: Mind Power Unleashed, Full-body Flexibility and The 8-minute Workout. We'll take a closer look at them below.
Let's jump into this Hyperbolic Stretch review and see if this program is worth it, or if Mr Larsson is “stretching” the benefits.
Things To Consider Before Starting A Stretching Program
- Things To Consider Before Starting A Stretching Program
- Features And Benefits
- What Is Hyperbolic Stretching
- How Does Hyperbolic Stretching Work?
- Benefits For Men
- Benefits For Women
- Will It Work As A Standalone Program?
- How To Incorporate It With An Existing Or New Exercise Program
- Is There Really Any Benefits Over Regular Old Stretching?
- Cost, Value And The Bonuses
- Hyperbolic Stretching Pros And Cons
- What I like:
- What I don't like:
- What People Are Saying
- In Conclusion…
At the very least, working this program can be a good adjunct to any exercise regimen. The stretches aren't harmful to a healthy person in any way, and all stretching is basically good. You really don't have much to lose.
The stretches featured in this program aren't really all that harder than yoga poses. They start off easy, then progress. But there is one big potential disqualifier. You shouldn't do this if you are recovering from a muscle or tendon injury. Gentle exercise and basic yoga would be better in that case, and that's only if your doctor approves.
Features And Benefits
Now we'll break it all down into its moving parts so you can see if it's a good idea for you.
What Is Hyperbolic Stretching
It's a stretching program based on ancient Asian techniques that unlocks your body's potential for gains in strength and flexibility. It seems, from Larsson's own description, to focus on strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.
This makes sense, since working that muscle group would necessarily work core, back and glute muscles. You would have to use your arms and legs as stabilizing or support as well.
But what's all this about strengthening? It's a stretching program, right? Well, apparently it incorporates some bodyweight resistance also. But so does yoga, so you can't fault Larsson for calling it a stretching program.
No one thinks of yoga as strength training, even though it is proven to strengthen the whole body. You don't need any weights to perform the Hyperbolic Stretching program. All you need is your own body.
How Does Hyperbolic Stretching Work?
It takes only eight minutes per day for the duration of four weeks. That's a total of 224 minutes. Everyone has the time. But you have to consider it as an addition to your normal workout routine and diet plan.
I wouldn't use this program as a standalone routine to get into shape, lose weight or gain mass.
You simply follow the instructions in the e-book. There are no complicated poses, intricate moves or anything like that. It's just stretching exercises.
There is some credence to this program's claim that it can help you gain strength and add muscle mass. Stretching has been proven to stimulate the release of HGH, or human growth hormone.
There are countless products and supplements available today that are made to boost your levels of this hormone. And many online Hyperbolic Stretching reviews attest that incorporating this program enhanced results.
But what about the claim that old-fashioned stretching can actually get in the way of bulking up, getting toned and losing weight. There is some truth to that, but Larsson over-hypes it.
A study published in Journal of Athletic Training looked at a small group of athletes that stretched before and after exercise and a group that did neither. When compared, it was found that the group that stretched had a slightly slower muscular response time.
The difference was insignificant. However, if performed correctly, the stretches in this program can be much more useful that traditional stretches. These stretches incorporate bodyweight resistance training, at least to a small degree.
Benefits For Men
- Full muscle flexibility
- Enhanced core strength
- Tension relief
- Fat loss
- The ability to do high kicks and full splits without a warmup
I wouldn't recommend high kicks or full splits without a good warmup unless you're in really good shape. It seems like a surefire way to pull some muscles. But you will likely gain at least some flexibility over the four-week duration of this program. Of course, if you stop stretching when the program ends, you'll lose that flexibility.
This isn't a one-off thing. Even if you get the results you want in a month, you'll have to continue some type of stretching to keep your gains.
Full muscle flexibility and tension relief are benefits that you would expect from just about any kind of stretching program. The more you stretch and condition your muscles, the more flexibility you'll have. So you'll get those benefits from this program no matter what.
The enhanced core strength is legitimate too. You're going to be using your core in every single stretch, so you'll see some toning. You can lose belly fat this way too.
One benefit that doesn't get enough attention, even from the developer himself, is urinary continence. You may not have that problem, but most people who do can see improvements with pelvic floor exercises.
Benefits For Women
- Full body flexibility
- Enhanced core strength
- Tension relief
- Fat loss
- The ability to do high kicks and full splits without a warmup
- Reduced cellulite
- Better body confidence
Women will see the same benefits as men, and for the same reasons, so there's no need to repeat all everything from the section above. But let's look at those extra two benefits more closely.
Cellulite isn't fat. It's a condition caused when connective fibers underneath the skin lose their elasticity, usually because of advanced age or stretching during pregnancy, and cause a rough or dimpled appearance of the skin.
And yes, stretching can reduce its appearance. And since cellulite is most often found over the abs, it makes sense that Hyperbolic Stretching can reduce cellulite by way of its core-centric stretches.
The better body confidence is a no-brainer. If you lose fat and get into better shape, you'll be more confident in your physique.
Will It Work As A Standalone Program?
The short answer is that it won't do much by itself. If you just want more flexibility and stress relief, then this may be all you need. I would actually go longer than eight minutes per day, though. 15 minutes per day will probably be much better. You may even want to pair this program with a good yoga course.
Likewise, if you just want to tone your core, you may see good results with this as a standalone program. Again, you'll need more than eight minutes a day.
How To Incorporate It With An Existing Or New Exercise Program
This is how you'll see the best results. And I'm basing that statement from the experience of people who've actually done it, as you'll see later on.
Even though Larsson went way overboard with his claim that doing hyperbolic stretches promotes the production of HGH, he wasn't lying. It's true. And since there's a touch of bodyweight resistance training inherent with these stretches, that HGH boost will be even greater than that you would get from traditional forms of stretching.
So you'll likely see some benefits by beginning your workout with an eight-minute hyperbolic session.
Since this is a full-body stretch, you'll be limber. And that's a great benefit going into any kind of workout. The looser you are, the harder you can go. This is true even on a stationary bike.
You'll also see some benefits by using this program as a closer. More and more people are realizing that post-workout stretches are just as important for preventing injury and maximizing results as pre-workout stretches.
Is There Really Any Benefits Over Regular Old Stretching?
This was my big question going into my research project here. And I have to be honest: I was fully expecting to have a “gotcha” moment and discover that this was, in fact, just some basic stretches hyped up for a quick profit. But if that was the case, this post would only be about a paragraph long. No, there's a lot more to it than simple stretches.
I have to say that there's not much hard, solid science behind it, but there are real-world results and common sense that say there are several benefits beyond traditional stretching exercises.
First off, regular stretches focus on conditioning muscles. The hyperbolic routine does that too, but it also includes strengthening stretches. You won't notice much in your arms and legs, but you can gain some strength in your core and back muscles.
Traditional stretching can't really tone you very much, either. But these stretches can. That should be obvious, since strengthening is the base for toning.
The hyperbolic route is claimed to work by enhancing your body's ability to create and release HGH and testosterone, both of which are necessary to some degree for getting in shape maintaining a healthy and attractive muscle tone.
Perhaps best of all, the program requires only eight minutes per day. Shorter programs are great for today's busy lives. And that short duration means that it's easy to pair with your regular workout. We've seen how beneficial that can be.
Cost, Value And The Bonuses
You should know by now, dear reader, how obsessed I am with value. So lets see what you get, how much you'll pay and whether it's worth it.
The price as of this writing is just under $30. That's awesome. I've seen stretching programs go for three times that much. But you get more than just the stretching instructional. There are three bonuses included.
Mind Power Unleashed is an e-book that supposedly teaches you how to reprogram your brain so you can easily achieve success in life. I didn't read it. If you're into that type of thing, maybe you'll like it. Just be careful when you reprogram your brain, OK?
Full Body Stretching is focused on what we've been referring to as traditional or old-fashioned stretching. You'll learn quick ways to do full-body stretches. There's nothing wrong with that, and it's free.
Now here's something I like. 8 minute High Intensity Strength Program for Men and Women is a quick HIIT workout. Eight minutes sounds like a pretty good interval workout.
Unfortunately, only one Hyperbolic Stretching review that I've seen mentioned any of the free bonuses at all. And it wasn't good. It was about the Mind Power Unleashed e-book, and the gist of it was that it makes no sense. But it's free. Who knows? You may get something out of it.
Hyperbolic Stretching Pros And Cons
Here's the real good and bad, not just the benefits that are claimed by the developer and promoters.
What I like:
- The stretches are a great way to maintain flexibility, regardless of anything else
- When performed as directed, you will strengthen your core and pelvic floor muscles
- There is a real chance that you can realistically reduce cellulite
- People who see the results they are after typically see them in four weeks, without having to repeat the program over and over again
- No weights or other equipment is needed
- It's cheap, and there's a money-back guarantee
What I don't like:
- There's scant scientific evidence to support the claim that this type of stretching is any better than any other type of stretching
- The program's developer has exaggerated two facts: Traditional stretching impedes strength training and stretching boosts HGH production
What People Are Saying
I checked out as many reviews as I could find from people who bought and actually worked the program. In general, almost everyone feels as if they got their money's worth. At this point, of course, everyone got the same awesome $30-ish deal.
One big recurring complaint is that the program cannot get you into the splits. I even read a review from a MMA enthusiast who claimed that working the four-week program actually impeded his ability to do a full split.
This could be because he replaced the stretches he was used to doing with the hyperbolic variety. But there are many more gripes about the claim of full splits being bunk.
There weren't any big brags about fat loss or gaining tone when using this program by itself.
The best Hyperbolic Stretching reviews come from people who used the program in conjunction with a good exercise regimen, like HIIT, lifting or even light cardio.
A lot of people who got good results this way say that they gained muscle tone and lost fat much quicker than they expected to.
So it seems that not many people got super flexible, but they feel like the results of their sensible lifestyles and regular workouts were kicked up a couple notches when complimented with this program.
Why do we workout? We want to be healthy, sure. Specifically, most of us want to lose weight and fat, get toned, build muscle and maintain a healthy body. So we work at it. And as we've seen in this Hyperbolic Stretching review, this program can be a big asset to us in our quest for optimum health. But you have to be reasonable in your expectations.
You won't be able to get toned of buff just by following this routine for four weeks. But you can enhance you lifting and cardio sessions by using doing this eight-minute exercise before, and maybe after your normal workout. It can give your body that extra edge that regular stretching just can't offer.
You won't gain an incredible amount of flexibility either. But you will probably see more benefits in this area than you would by just doing old-school stretches. This is some next level stuff here.
And it costs just under $30 at this time. I think it's worth a try if you want to give your exercise routine that little extra umph. Do you want to see what the guy who created the program has to say about it? Click here to see more.