I'm leaning forward, legs wide apart, with a large orange pole across the small of my back, twisting open to one side in a "slapshot" pose.
I'm trying my best not to snap anything important (including the expensive stick) while stretching the hell out of my hamstrings, lats, spinal erectors and pretty much every muscle across my back, legs, sides and shoulders.
As I lean to my right into a side lunge, still maintaining the twist, my right glute screams at me to stop.
The slapshot gives me one of the most intense and deep stretches I've experienced, and it's mostly because of the stick.
It's basically just a side toe-touch, but incorporating the stick allows me to noticeably increase my range of motion, and adds the security of being able to plant its rubber end on the floor in front of me if I lose my balance.
I'm also gripping the stick hard, generating "irradiation" or force through the length of my arms. By pushing or pulling on it, you develop strength.
I'm participating in the Stick Mobility certification course, a two-day introduction to the new system.
While the mantra for many fitness courses is "go hard or go home", this system focuses on wellness, while still increasing strength, improving range of motion and providing a deep fascial stretch.
Sound too good to be true? Trust me, it works.
Three days later my glutes and back muscles still ache, but not in a smashed kind of way.
The fitness industry is riddled with fads and quick-fixes and the next-big-things.
While some bits of kit, such as the TRX and kettlebells, have become mainstays in any self-respecting gym, products like the kamagon ball (the what?) didn't quite have the same impact.
Despite a slow start in Australia, Stick Mobility appears to lean towards the former.
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