"I have been using the Stretch Loop for the past two years. I have
found this inexpensive simple device very rewarding. It has increased
my flexibility and has allowed me to practice the martial art that I
love well into my fifties. I can actually do high kicks without
worrying about hurting myself. I recommend the Stretch Loop for all
practicing martial artists. It takes so little time and the benefits
far outweigh the time spent."
Michael Schroeder, 5th Dan tae kwon do
"I am happy to say Thank you. The Stretch Loop is great. I used to use
it almost daily, but I am on a different training program for 90 days,
so I use it weekly now. It has improved my stretching and flexibility.
It was a great way for me to reach my goal of being able to do a split
at 40 years old. I am not there yet, but I can say that I am way closer
than I was prior to me purchasing the Stretch Loop. I also travel on
business and it worked great during my last trip. I highly recommend it
to anyone who is interested and doesn't want to pay an arm and a let for
a leg stretcher. The Stretch Loop does the same, and a fraction of the
Roger C. Ringer Jr.
"At the ripe old age of 53, I decided to take karate. Your product is
excellent. I use it with other stretches and have been doing a routine
that includes the Stretch Loop for about three weeks now. I can really
notice the difference."
by Dan "Tendangan Sakti" Davies, Martial Arts Instructor, Flexibility
Coach, and Writer
Stretch Loop™ is nothing short of superb. Its design is simple yet
tremendously effective, and it succeeds where all other stretching
For over 20 years I have been a practitioner of Tae kwon do, a martial art
in which kicks are an integral part of the curriculum. Therefore I have
always been interested in stretching, which includes trying every
stretching machine available on the market.
Its unique design makes the Stretch Loop™ the best I have ever
encountered. Most stretching machines are designed to simulate floor
stretches such as the splits, but for athletes who use kicks in their
sport (martial artists and dancers, for example) stretches such as splits
¨C and consequently machines designed to simulate splits ¨C are
Flexibility is specific to the demands you place on your body. This is
because there are two kinds of stretch receptors in your muscles: one
which detects how far and how fast you stretch, and the other detecting
how far only. In other words, flexibility is specific to the angle of the
joints and position in which you perform the exercise. For that reason
floor stretches, and therefore floor-mounted stretched devices, provide
very little benefit to kickers.
The Stretch Loop™ is designed in such a way to provide you with the
optimum position in which to develop maximum kicking-specific
flexibility. Working out with this product also reduces stress on the
joints and improves balance when compared to traditional floor stretches.
The standing position of the stretches provides an additional kick to the
cardiovascular benefits of your workout.
The instructions and exercise chart provided with the product are clear
and very easy to follow, and setting it up ready for your workout takes
just seconds. It is easily stored and portable, which makes it a winner
for me because I spend a lot of time travelling the country delivering
seminars on sports conditioning and self-defence. Needless to say I will
take the Stretch Loop™ with me to use in my hotel rooms, as well as
demonstrating its effectiveness in all of my future seminars.
The low price makes this product excellent value for money, and the
customer service offered by MT Creates is exceptional. I cannot say
enough good things about this product and its creators. If you are
serious about your training then you need the Stretch Loop™ in your
20+ years martial arts experience,
Tae kwon do and Kickboxing black belt,
Certified self-defence instructor,
Certified personal fitness trainer,
Certified Yoga teacher,Certified
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we were able to try out a product that can enable a person to get a good
lower body stretch more easily. The Stretch Loop, brainchild of Mario
Tardif of M.T. Creates, Inc., seeks to simplify as well as extend the
benefits of your stretch routine.
Handy and easy to use, the Stretch Loop has you use your own body weight
to comfortably make the most of your stretching. Comprised of a rope and
pulley fixture, it is simple enough for anyone to work with, whether an
avid runner needing to stretch out your leg muscles before a run, a yoga
instructor looking for a break in the routine of floor stretches, or a kid
in a martial arts class. Easily portable you don't have to forgo the best
part of your exercise program just because you're traveling.
Important for stress reduction, balance improvement, muscle performance
and more, stretching is most often completed on the floor, alone, with a
partner or with an unstable chair. For those who are uncomfortable or even
just bored with these options, the Stretch Loop presents an enjoyable
alternative. The rope is slid through the pulley which is affixed to
either an eyehook in the ceiling or to a door jamb bracket. Your ankle
goes through the looped end of the rope, and your hand gently pulls to
create resistance at the opposite end. A noteworthy benefit breathing
during the stretching is improved by the standing position thereby
increasing your oxygen intake and enhancing your workout.
A quick set-up option is provided for with the inclusion of a door casing
bracket; I would check the sizes of your door jambs first; you may not
need to order the kit with door bracket if the bracket won't fit. If this
is the case, a large eye hook is what you'll need for installation;
directions for this are included in the kit.
A large diagram clearly illustrating 8 leg-stretch exercises is also
included in the kit and can be hung on the wall near your Stretch Loop for
easy reference; for me this is a very handy and necessary visual aide. I
would also encourage you to
visit the Stretch Loop website
to view photographs and video of the Stretch Loop in use; this was very
helpful for me! M.T. Creates affords their customers ample support through
the website. Instructions are thorough and should be read carefully for
safety information. A certain degree of physical ability is needed to
perform these exercises, but with practice, they should become routine.
To learn more visit
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"I am totally delighted with your Stretch Loop. It is so easy to use and
the the results are immediate. I am 34 years old and started
taking Karate with my 5yr old just last year. I had participated in 2
tournaments prior to using your product and since have been told by
both judges and fellow competitors what a difference they have seen with
Thanks very much,
Heath W. Knight - 4/7/08
"The Stretch Loop is a good way to stretch when you are on the road. I
live on the road 8 months of the year in hotels and will hang it in the
door well. At home I use it every day to stretch before my work out. I
work as a martial arts photographer and have to get up and down all day.
The stretch loop helps to keep by legs from hurting.
"WOW, I AM A BELIEVER! I finally found a place that I could hang the
stretcher and went through the stretches. I was amazed. It is so
easy!! I know that stretching is good for you, and helps in aging as
well. I have wanted to stretch consistently but it is so hard to
sit on the floor and stretch for air! Even after that you
haven't accomplished much! This was easy and very effective! 20
minutes after the stretch I had this sensation as if I had a rush of
blood to the joints in my hips, and even my knees. My quads and hams
felt great and almost rejuvenated. "
"I think the product is excellent. Only wish they had a better training
manual. Stretching for dummy¡¯s kind of thing. I still can¡¯t do some of
the stretches without feeling like I¡¯m going to fall and don¡¯t know
why. I¡¯d buy another one for a down the road spare if someone could
teach me to do #8, as that¡¯s the one I need the most and can¡¯t do.
That¡¯s my fault, not the stretchers; it¡¯s a great idea and product."
Thank you, excellent stretching device. Compact and durable."
M. De Campo
"Yes it is a good product thanks."
"It is a very handy device."
"It's awesome!!! I have not gotten where I want to be yet (full splits)
but I have easily doubled my flexibility to a chest high side and
roundhouse without a warm up (cold). Before I could only go to the
thigh level after a long warm up. The Stretch Loop allows you to
stretch dynamically slowly and safely each time exceeding your limits a
little more and more two or more times a day to retain muscle memory.
No one says stretching isn't weirdly painful but the type of stretching
discomfort becomes something you look forward to as you hold your
position safely for as long as you can pushing further within your own
body limitations. As with anything you want to last, you progress slowly
over time to expand those tendons and ligaments so you can do your high
kicks cold...nobody has time for an hour of stretching when your life is
on the line or you are just late to class."
"We have had the stretcher up and in use for over a month. People stand
in line to use it. I have an open ceiling to our gym and hung it there
instead of a door jam. I have several stretchers for the students
to use, but yours is the one that sees the most use. I have
tried it and found that it is very easy to use. It gives a better
stretch than a regular floor model. It seems to assist with balance as
well. I found that following the instructions and not relying on the
stretcher to hold your weight forces you to work on balance at the same
time. I wish you much success with your product. I am going to recommend
it during my DT4EMS classes."
Kip Teitsort - Paramedic Self-Defense Instructor
"Your stretcher is simple to use and extremely effective and takes no
space in home. I walk several miles per day. I am 58 years old and I am
enjoying greater physical flexibility than I have had in over 20 years.
Thank you. "
Larry Mutz -Water Meter Reader for City of Punta Gorda
"The stretcher is extremely effective, light weight, and cost
Kevin Formica -Business Owner -Karate Instructor for Kids and Parents
"Easy to use just about anywhere. Great for stretch and stability."
Michel D'Amboise - Project Manager -2nd Degree Black Belt
"It just makes it so much easier to apply your own body weight."
Kevin Sayers - 36 yrs. old- Ice Arena Manager
"Smaller, more compact and easier to store than other stretching
machines we've used."
Doty - 37 yrs. old - Karate Instructor
"You get a full range of motion stretch. You use your own body weight
to get a good stretch."
Adam Fluke - 42 yrs. old - Business Owner & Hockey Player
"The Loop is unique as it provides self-regulated up pressure equally on
the stretching area."
James Walsh -54 yrs. old - V.P. Natural Sales - Hockey Player, Aerobic
Activities, and Ply metric Training.
"Provides a more controlled stretch with less opportunity for injury. A
more focused way to stretch."
Steve Hansen -Business Owner & Hockey Player
"It forces you to balance the supporting leg which develops strength."
Chris Esposito - 37 yrs. old - Kickboxing Instructor