Let’s be real here:
Stretching isn’t exactly the most thrilling thing in the world to do.
It feels uncomfortbale, is pretty boring and can take a very long time to achieve your desired results.
Having said that, there’s a way to somewhat expedite the process, making it easier and quicker to reach your desired flexibility…
And that of course, is with a stretching machine.
But, knowing which is the best leg stretching machine isn’t exactly easy.
Fortunately, we’ve done the research, done the testing and have put together this definitive guide to buying a leg stretch machine.
Let’s get to it.
Our Top Picks
Leg Stretching Machine Reviews
PopSport Pro Leg Stretcher
Although one of the more expensive options our list, you really can’t go wrong with the PopSport Pro leg stretcher.
Let’s first discuss the overall quality of the machine, which is constructed out of durable and sturdy heavy duty steel. The machine itself measures at 33.5” (length) x 16.3-55.1” (width) x 15” (height) and weighs in at around 300lb, which is fairly on the heavy side.
For me though, the best aspect of PopSport is the steering wheel which is used to gradually increase the width of the stretch. This steering wheel allows you to increase your stretch in very specific and precise increments.
In terms of comfort, this is as comfortable as you’re going to get. This particular machine features an adjustable seat alongside a padded back rest which helps to take the sting out of your stretches.
The foot rests are also padded as to help reduce any discomfort when reaching the capacity of your flexibility. Compared to some other stretch machines out there, this is luxury.
If you want to be as comfortable as possible and efficient with your flexibility progression, then it’s definitely worth considering the PopSport leg stretching machine.
Figrol Leg Stretcher
Up next we’ve got a very different leg stretcher.
I think it’s safe to say that the Figrol Leg Stretcher features a very basic design, without all the bells and whistles of the previous option we just discussed.
That said, there’s no denying that it get’s the job done and costs a hell of a lot less. The stretcher itself is constructed out of stainless steel, and features EVA foam grip panels where your feet and hands need to be placed. These EVA panels also help to prevent the metal from scraping along the floor and causing any scratches or damage.
Figrol have essentially used a 3-pole design, with 2 outside poles for the users legs and the middle to control the stretch. Each of these poles have 5 different length settings that can be adjusted to fit your specific height.
Alongside the leg stretcher itself, you also get a rubber band which you can place around your waste and attach to the middle pole. This in turn allows you to stretch hands free, as you will no longer need to keep the middle pole in place.
At the end of the day, it’s cheap as chips and does exactly what you’d want from a leg stretcher…helps you stretch.
Alexsix Leg Stretcher
If you’re wanting to get a high quality, comfortable stretch routine going, then the Alexsix more than fits the bill.
With a back rest that is both padded and adjustable, you’ll be as comfortable as you can be whilst working on your flexibility. Alexsix have also implemented a precise self-locking steering wheel mechanism for controlled increments.
As I mentioned earlier, this type of design allows you to increase your stretch with pin point precision, making the whole process a lost safer and more comfortable.
Unlike some other machines out there that utilise a cable mechanism, Alexsix have made use of a gear system. This is largely due to the fact that cable systems can sometimes snap if enough pressure is applied.
Fortunately, this won’t happen with this particular machine, especially due to the fact that it’s constructed using heavy study steel.
All in all, a very efficient and comfortable leg stretcher, although somewhat costly.
Century Leg Stretching Machine
If you’ve never heard of Century before, they’re well known in the Martial Arts industry and are behind some of the best quality gear and equipment in the world. As such, it should come as no surprise that they’re behind one of, if not the best leg stretcher currently available.
This is the first of three designs by Century to feature on our list, with this being the most basic and cheapest out of the three.
In terms of functionality, it’s not the easiest in the world to use. You sit down on the padded cushioning and place your legs onto the the two outside poles. You then pull the string in middle to increase the distance of the stretch.
There’s also a measuring ruler on this middle pole which allows you to measure the distance of your stretch. You can then use this to track your progress over time, which is a pretty good way to get a quantitative idea as to how much you’ve improved.
Another great aspect of this design is that it’s lightweight and portable. This is particularly ideal if you’re on the move a lot, or want to take the stretching machine to the gym for a post training stretch.
Century Versaflex 2.0
Up next we’ve got another awesome stretch machine from Century, this time with their second rendition of their Versaflex.
Firstly, it’s worth pointing out that unlike a lot of the other machines on our list, the Versaflex 2.0 comes with a year long warranty. This means that should any component of the stretcher break over the first year, you can get replacements sent out free or charge.
Learning from their Versaflex original (which is up next), Century increased the back support size for added comfort. Don’t get me wrong, the original was comfortable, this just takes it to the next level.
Century have made use of a cable system with their Versaflex, which although can be more susceptible to snapping, is incredibly durable. Plus, you’re covered by a warranty, so Century are clearly confident in the quality of their machine.
Of course, as with all of the top stretchers, the Versaflex is highly adjustable, allowing for it to easily accommodate people of different heights.
As you can probably see from the image, this machine itself features a ton of padding and is by far one of the most comfortable leg stretchers out there. This in turn allows you to stretch for longer period of time without having to stop due to discomfort and creates an overall much more pleasant experience.
Due to this being a somewhat large stretcher, you’ll need to construct it yourself. Of course, these things can often be a complete pain to set up, but once you’ve got it up and running, you won’t regret it.
Century Versaflex Original
Ok, moving onto the last Century stretcher on our list.
While this may not be quite as comfortable as the 2.0 Versaflex we just discussed, it is a good amount cheaper and does just as good of a job in terms of improving your flexibility.
The two leg stretchers can open to a 190-degrees, allowing users to develop their flexibility until they are able to perform a full split. The two pads that you use to place your legs can also be adjusted to four different leg positions, allowing you to get the right fit for your leg length.
Another nice feature implemented by Century is the crank lever that is used to increase the stretch. On here is a degree indicator that can be used to track your improvement and see how far off your goals that you are.
All in all, a very well built leg stretching machine available at a pretty reasonable price, especially compared to some other stretch machines out there.
Valor Fitness CA Leg Stretch Machine
This is especially true with their leg stretch machine. I just want to point out that there’s two different versions of this machine, which are the CA27 and the CA30. There’s a few minor differences between the two, so I’d recommend going for which ever you can get for the cheapest.
That said, their CA30 is the more recent release with a few nifty little improvements. For me, I really like how they’ve printed markings onto the seat that show the angle of your stretch.
What’s more, Valor Fitness have taken comfort to the next level, employing dual-layered padding to both the reclining seat and the leg rests. This in turn allows you to focus on your stretching, without getting distracted by any kind of discomfort.
Another handy aspect that really allows you to take your stretch to the next level is the included hand post. This post can be placed within the legs of the stretch machine, which you can then use to lean forward and hold onto, creating a deeper, more effective stretch.
To top this all off, Valor Fitness include a 3-year warranty for the frame, 2-year for the padding and a 1-year warranty for the rest of the machine.
While one of the most expensive option that we’ve discussed, in terms of overall quality, comfort and effectiveness, it’s one of the best.
You can also check out the video below, which shows you how to use the CA27 and get the most out of your new leg stretch machine.
Pro Flex Stretch Machine
Last up on our list is something a little bit different, the Pro Flex Stretch Machine. Unlike the previous stretchers we’ve discussed, this offers a total body stretch, which of course, includes the legs.
I wasn’t sure whether or not to include this, but at the end of the day, it is a leg stretcher, and a very good one at that. What’s more, you can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, and stretch multiple body parts in one go.
Of course, with these new features does come a slightly higher price tag, but the Pro Flex is definitely not to be overlooked. It’s the most padded machine on our list and allows you to precisely measure the angle of your stretch.
Plus, you can use the upper body stretcher alongside the leg machine to get an extremely deep and effective stretch.
Of course, with a machine this big, it comes unassembled, however comes with some pretty detailed instructions and all the tools needed to put it together. The entire machine also comes with a three-year warranty, which is always a good sign and handy to have.
Benefits of a Leg Stretching Machine
Ok, so what’s the point in actually investing in one of these?
Good, question! Let’s take a look at some of the benefits you can get from a stretch machine.
Easier to Increase Intensity
First and foremost, it makes the whole process a heck of a lot easier. Simply spin a wheel or pull on a leaver and your legs are going to be slightly pushed wider apart. It’s a simple as that.
Improve at a Faster Rate
Because of a stretch machines ability to effectively improve the user’s flexibility, you’re able to improve at a very fast rate, whilst staying safe and without causing any muscular damage.
No Help Needed
The only way to stretch anywhere near as effectively as with a machine, is with a partner to help. They can either pull you forward gradually from in front of you or gradually push you downwards from behind.
That said, there’s no way of knowing exactly how far you’re progressing, nor is it as safe.
While this is definitely more of a benefit from stretching in general, using a machine will allow for a much better and effective stretch. As such, this efficient method of stretching will help to increase blood flow to your muscles. This increase in blood flow allows for nutrients to reach your muscles, as well as helps to reduce recovery time.
What’s more, there’s a ton of other health benefits from stretching, so why not do it in an all round more effective manner?
How to Pick a Leg Stretch Machine?
Ok, so we’ve taken a look at some of the different benefits that come with using a stretch machine. Now, let’s quickly discuss how to determine which stretch machine is right for your needs.
Firstly, is functionality. What kind of stretch does it offer and how does it work? Is it solely a leg stretch machine, or like the Pro Flex, can it provide a total body stretch?
Due to the fact that these things are designed to spread quite far, and often have a relatively large padded seat, they can take up a good amount of room. As such, it’s usually a good idea to make sure you’ve got enough space before you make a purchase.
When you check the dimensions of the machine, make sure you check its width when fully extended.
How Easy is it to Use?
The whole point of buying a leg stretch machine is to make stretching easier. With that in mind, it’s important that the machine you go for is easy to use. With that in mind, steering wheels and crank handles tend to be the most straight forward with less messing around.
Lastly we’ve got price. As I’m sure you can already tell with this type of equipment, the price can vary pretty dramatically.
The price of the machine will often reflect its overall quality, however as long as you’re able to get a good stretch, going for a cheaper option can often save a hundred bucks or more.
Tips for Stretching
When it come’s to stretching, there’s always a risk of taking things too far, too fast. As such, I thought it was a good idea to share some top tips for stretching safely
- Make sure you warm up. Warm muscles massively reduce the risk of sustaining an injury such as a tear or pulled muscle.
- Hold your stretch for the appropriate amount of time. You should be able to feel a stretching sensation, but in no way should that feeling be painful. As such, a good amount of time to hold the stretch is between 10 and 30 seconds.
- Increase in small increments. Increasing flexibility is a marathon, not a sprint. As such, increase the distance of your stretch in very small increments over a prolonged period of time.
- When you come to your next stretch session, don’t start off where you left off. Go back down to something comfortable and work out way up, continuing to increase the stretch distance without feeling pain.
Well, there you have it. Hopefully by now you’ve got a good idea which is the best leg stretching machine for your needs.
If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve discussed in this article, or even have any machines you’d like to suggest, please feel free to get in touch in the comment section below.
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