GMB Focused Flexibility: Analysis

Focused Flexibility (FF) is a GMB offering which allows users to apply a systemised approach to improving their flexibility.

The team at GMB package FF alongside two other programs – Integral Strength (designed to build practical strength) and Vitamin (aimed to develop motor control and movement patterns).

My decision to begin FF came about mainly as a consequence of the clever discount offer which occurred after my purchase of Integral Strength (read about my progress here and here). Also, FF made sense as…

  • I could use more flexibility
  • As a Physiotherapist, I was intrigued to see how the team at GMB approached the subject
  • I will likely be able to apply the stretches and strategies I learn to not only myself, but also those I work with
How does it work?

FF’s dashboard, similarly to Integral Strength, provides both video content and written text to guide you through the process.

FF begins with an 8 movement assessment to capture overall body flexibility. Movements covered range from a deep squat and cross-legged sitting to neck range of motion.

The self-assessment requires each movement to be scored from 0-10 based on level of comfort. A score of 0 indicating poor comfort, with 10 being comfortable and easy.

At the conclusion of the assessment, the user selects the two lowest scoring movements. FF provides a database of stretches relevant for the drills you found problematic. You are then asked to select two stretches for each of your lowest scores (giving you a total of 4 stretches to work on).

Jarlo, the program coordinator, advises application of these stretches for the following two weeks at which point you should reassess.

From here, you can continue along, or switch focus to other areas of the body.

The stretches themselves combine techniques such as static stretching, as well as PNF strategies. The tutorials are easy to follow, and the exercises themselves involve a slight twist on the traditional variation.

My findings

Two weeks is a relatively short period of time to make significant changes to the body. I understand the rationale behind GMB’s decision, though, to select this time frame, as it prevents the program becoming stale and one-dimensional.

Personally, I noticed a tangible improvement in three of the eight movements when comparing my original and second assessment. Furthermore, from a subjective perspective, my hips (which were the focus) felt more mobile.

Expectations

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I was a little disappointed when I understood the bones of the program. Having forked out around $80 (AUD), I was expecting more.

FF is essentially an assessment process plus a library of different stretch tutorials.

Over the coming days though, the beauty of the program dawned on me.

FF combines two underrated concepts which should underpin all programs – simplicity and accountability.

There’s nothing pretty or fancy about FF, but then again, the same can be said of improving flexibility. It’s a long term endeavour which requires consistent, targeted dedication.

FF allows you to achieve this by providing you with all the necessary tools.

Accessibility

I plan to switch focus for the next two week block and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The fact that GMB offers lifetime access is a nice touch and aligns with their values of pursuing quality movement over a lifetime.

Recommendations

Focused Flexibility is not for everyone.

If you’re after the ‘magic bullet’ to make you bendy like Gumby in quick time, then you’ll be sorely disappointed. The reality is, no such program exists (Russia excluded).

If you’re committed to improving flexibility and are relatively disciplined, FF is for you.

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