Pro Bull Rider, Nathan Owen,
I am a very happy user of your great line of products. I have been
competing professionally for the last six years, and in that
time I have sustained quite a few injuries to my shoulders and
other areas of my body. FLEXTEND® has been a great addition
to my strength training routine in helping me to rehab and build
up strength in my shoulder and wrist areas. Also recently I started
to use the COLDFLEX® wrap to ice my shoulders after injury,
which has been the best thing I have found as far as ease of
use and it's ability to stay in place while you ice with compression.
I am very happy with the support that I have gotten along the
way with exercise routines and ideas to better my riding skill.
NATHAN JAMES OWEN
PRCA Pro Bull Rider
Simon Tree - Bronc Rider, Photographer
Simon fractured the scaphoid bone in his left hand when he came off
a horse in the practice pen. The wrist was put into a cast for six
weeks. Two days after the removal of the cast a horse fell on him
and subsequently, Simon injured the wrist again. Despite wearing
a cast for another 6 weeks, Simon's wrist did not heal. His wrist
movement was limited in all directions and putting weight on it such
as pushups with palms down caused pain and couldn't be done. One
Doctor he spoke to mentioned, "If the scaphoid bone did not knit,
the fractured fragment of bone would not receive adequate blood flow
and would slowly degenerate. An operation would be the only option
to repair it." Instead of surgery, Simon chose to strap his left
hand when competing and used his right hand for most chores, trying
anything to avoid re-injury and pain. Favoring his damaged left hand
for several years has strengthened the right side of his body, ultimately
affecting his control and balance.
Simon has been using FLEXTEND® for a few weeks now
and here's what he has to say: "Using the FLEXTEND® glove
has fired up muscles in my wrist which have not been used in a
long time. I have felt the benefits right away and I think I am
also regaining movement in my joint. It is strengthening that entire
side of my body and I can do more exercises at the gym than I have
in several years. I just can not believe the difference!!!"
Simon has qualified for the APRA National
Finals Rodeo six times, won the 2001
RSA Championship and is the 2002 APRA
Victoria State Saddlebronc Champion.
Not only does Simon ride broncs, his
photos and articles have appeared the
Aussie Post, The Border Mail, APRA
Rodeo News, Australian Horseman, Rodeo
in Australia and many local & state
wide newspapers. , The Border Mail,
APRA Rodeo News, Australian Horseman,
Rodeo in Australia and many local & state
wide newspapers. Simon and his wife,
Michelle, run the #1 Australian Rodeo
Web site, www.rodeowild.com.au packed
with great photos and information!
NOTE: To continue following Simon's progress while he uses FLEXTEND®,
visit the Rodeo Wild web site regularly. Michelle will be updating
their site with the latest progress and comments about Simon and
Albert Hannemann - Pro-Volleyball
for the gloves. The first time I used them
I was very skeptical, as I didn't think
I could improve my hand strength. I have
been playing professional beach volleyball
for 7 years and am very hesitant on using
new forms of training or new methods to
improve my performance. I thought that
my training techniques and "old school" methods
were the best.
I can honestly say that after using the gloves for only 3 weeks
my game improved and my hands were much stronger and more flexible.
Much of my sport relies on hand strength and my competitors are
now reaching for the gloves. I am excited to start this season
knowing that I am ahead of my opponents and that the gloves really
Tony Braunagel, Musician,
Producer and Actor
"I have been playing drums
for over 35 years. I have a very broad
resume of touring and playing on many records.
Over the years I have had to play with
anything from hard driving dynamics to
a quiet and subtle approach to the drum
kit. Along the way I have had some pain,
and sometimes it was almost debilitating.
Painkillers are never the answer.
I have used Chiropractic,
Kinesiology, and Acupuncture to help me
through the years, as well as I started
to lift weights. When I ran into "Big Rich" Bracke
at an event and he showed me the gloves,
I was very intrigued. I started using them
right away as a warm up before I play.
There is an amazing difference in the instant
feeling I get when I play now that I follow
this regimen and I almost never have pain
anymore. I'm hooked, and I think that keyboard
players, guitarists, percussionists, and
bass players, especially upright, could
benefit from using the Flextend gloves."
Stuart Sprung - NASCAR
As a professional race
truck driver in a NASCAR Weekly Racing Series,
coordination and strength in my hands is
vital. The sustained high speeds we run in
my Chevy Silverado translate small movements
on the steering wheel into big movements
on the track. As fatigue sets in, so does
loss off coordination.
Balance Systems, Inc.'s FLEXTEND Gloves have not only increased my
grip strength, they have improved and prolonged the fast-twitch muscle
coordination in my forearm and hands. I found that with usage of
the FLEXTEND Gloves, I control my truck smoother, and am far less
prone to overcorrecting when faced with the need for sudden movement,
such as avoiding a crash
Hours of forearm exercises in the gym cannot compare the increase
in grip strength I have gained from FLEXTEND gloves. With minimal
usage every few days, I noticed a big difference. I even noticed
that during daily routines such as shaking hands, it actually felt
as though people had "smaller" hands.
No more "wet noodle" handshakes!
Stuart Sprung #77
Professional Race Truck Driver in the NASCAR Weekly Racing
Dennis Asche - Professional Fighter in Brazillian
Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and NHB/P Pankration
"Using the FLEXTEND
has helped push the strength in my hands
to a new level. The FLEXTEND has also built
up the tendon strength I need to prevent
injury during training. For grappling, grip
strength is essential, and from using the
FLEXTEND, my hands grip tighter and I can
hold on longer.this is a winning edge in
"As a striker I have less injuries to the small joints in my hands due to the
use of FLEXTEND. The strengthening of the tendons and muscles in the hand, wrist
and forearm is a key to injury prevention. In addition, the ability to make my
fist more compact, allows me to strike harder and faster." Whether you are a
Boxer, Kick Boxer or Grappler, or just utilize your hands extensively for any
sport, using the FLEXTEND will give you the winning edge."
(Trooper Johnson has 9
Gold Medals, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze
from International competition. )
Read Trooper Johnson's Biography
Trooper Johnson Sets New
World Record: Trooper
climbed El Capitan again on Thursday July
20th, 2000 for charity and did it in 38
Hours! Check out the pictures of Trooper
on the climb.
March l, 2OOO
Thank you for sending
out the FLEXTEND gloves, as you can imagine,
wheelchair sports can be very taxing on the
hands and wrists. Over the years I have had
many hand and wrist injuries due to repeated
stress and the great demands I put on my
hands to get me up and down the court. I
have been using the gloves for a few months
now and I can really feel a difference in
the power and strength in my hands and wrists.
Also, I've noticed that the pain that I had
from previous injuries has diminished. This
year I will be climbing El Capitan as part
of a fundraiser for a local hospital; The
climb will force me to do over 3000 pull-ups
within a short amount of time. You can be
sure that the FLEXTEND gloves will be included
in my training for the climb.
as seen in Muscle & Fitness July 2000)
to using FLEXTEND I had trouble
with my grip strength. Exercises like the
dead-lift and dead-hang pull-ups were extremely
difficult because my grip would give out.
2 weeks of my using the FLEXTEND I
had a noticeable gain of grip strength
poundage's that use to require the assistance
of straps that I could now do without.
I owe it all to FLEXTEND.
noticed a marked difference in definition
in my forearm. For a competitive bodybuilder
this is a must. FLEXTEND has not
only helped me be a better bodybuilder
but has helped relieve the stiffness and
sometimes numbing feeling I would get in
Thanks so much,
IFBB Pro Bodybuilder
McKnight of George Clinton & The P-Funk
Allstars previously known as George
Clinton and the Funkadelics
This is the one. A million thanks for the FLEXTEND glove system.
For a long time now I've been looking for an exercise system
that works this way. This is now my second week working with
the system. The more I do, the better it gets.
The problem I had with
my fingers is hardly noticeable now. I
now spend a lot more time playing and practicing
than ever before, without having to think
about the problem so much. I take it with
me everywhere. The exercises don't take
a long time to do , so it makes it easy
to do almost anywhere. It fits in my carry
on bag so I can have it with me all the
I can't say enough
about, and a million thanks are in order,
but I feel like that's not enough for what
the FLEXTEND has done for me. In this business
of music, confidence is of the utmost importance,
the FLEXTEND glove is helping me get it back.
Playing music is becoming fun again.
Yockey - Golfer,
I developed RSI
in 1998 and did not know what I was going
to do. I searched the Internet and found
FLEXTEND®. I spoke with one of their
clinicians, who said the gloves would
help. After buying them, I followed the
program as outlined and my hands feel
normal again. The gloves were the best
investment I have ever made!
I have used FLEXTEND® for
6 years and they have kept my hands healthy
and strong. Through the years, their clinicians
have always been there to answer my questions,
as they actually take the time to listen
to you and recommend an exercise program
for your specific injury. I highly recommend
the FLEXTEND® gloves to anyone with
RSI or just for regular exercise for your
hands and forearms. I am a heavy equipment
operator and also golf and lift weights.
My hands are very important to me and I
would never make it without my FLEXTEND® gloves.
Junior Rodeo State Champ,
I am 13 years old and have been the Illinois Junior Rodeo State
Champ in steer riding, in my age group, for the past two years.
My dad got me "Flextend" for Christmas in 2003. After using it
for only five weeks, my grip has increased considerably and I also
have more strength in my wrist and forearm. The instructional video
is very easy to understand and follow. It was my favorite Christmas
present and I will always include it in my fitness workout. Thanks,
Dad and "Flextend."
Roberts - Illinois, USA
Dave Wakeling, Musician for General Public
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Patricia Sarma, Rising Tennis Star
"My 13 year old daughter,
Patricia Sarma, is one of the most promising
up-coming players in Austria. She suffered
terrible pains in her wrist with sharp pain
shooting up her arm each time she tried to
play tennis last summer. In our own country,
we spent weeks and months visiting sport
doctors, physiotherapists and several different
hospitals that offered physiotherapy. No
one could help her at all - this was the
end of her tennis career.
After browsing through the Internet pages, looking desperately for
some kind of help for this type of injury, I found the FLEXTEND homepage.
I was a bit skeptical at the beginning however we received the FLEXTEND
glove at Christmas time. Within one week the pain had already severely
reduced. After following a therapy exercise program assisted by one
of the In-House Clinicians, who I must say was absolutely fantastic,
the pain had completely disappeared within 30 days. I can only recommend
this product to anyone who has similar wrist injuries, as it is the
only, I repeat the only, therapy.
My daughter is now playing tennis at the same standard as she did
before this injury and this is all thanks to the team of helpful
and knowledgeable people at FLEXTEND, USA."
(Mother of Patricia Sarma)
Jane Sarma (daughter Patricia Sarma) 04/22/03
Scott Johnson, 2 time Olympian, 1984 Gold Medallist,
"Gymnastics requires a tremendous amount of daily
training and with that kind of intense training can come overuse
injuries. As a coach and competitor I witness many gymnasts who
lost training time due to hand and wrist injuries that can eventually
require surgery without the proper care.
Over the past few years I have never witnessed
a better product for preventing, as well as rehabbing, an athlete
with these types of injuries. I highly recommend to my student
athletes, colleagues and staff the FLEXTEND product. Even my front
office staff have witnessed the advantages of using FLEXTEND for
carpal tunnel syndrome resulting from typing.
This is truly a versatile product".
Professional Drummer, Charlie Morgan
(Charlie Morgan has played with many of the music
industries best known names including: Elton John, Billy
Joel and Cher.)
I am a professional drummer,
with some 28 years of experience, both in the studio and on stage.
When I recently began experiencing a number of physical problems
directly connected with the stressful nature of my job, I began
looking round for a solution to my problems.
I have always been aware that
I should treat my job as if it was a professional sport. Many professional
sportsmen are reaching the end of their career by the time they
reach my age. But I was not prepared to lay down my sticks just
yet. So I started using a number of proprietary supplements, and
followed a regime of exercise, yoga and stretches.
While this helped my general
fitness and well being, I was still having a lot of trouble with
the muscles and tendons in my hands and arms. This was not made
any better by the fact that I also use a personal computer for
email and the Internet.
Since I was introduced to the
FLEXTEND gloves, I have noticed a huge improvement in the mobility
of my fingers and hands after playing! After using the gloves,
I get a really satisfying "glow" in the back of my hands and arms.
Inflammation and pain decrease as I feel the blood coursing through,
helping to remove the buildup of waste products. I am no longer
stiff and sore the morning after a gig. This really IS a workout
for the muscles that are normally neglected by most other exercise
PGA Certified Golf Instructor -
Matthew F. McConnin
July 1, 2OOO
It has been great working with you and the FLEXTEND
product over the last several months. The improvement in my right
wrist has been incredible. As you know, my orthopedic doctor recommended
exploratory surgery, but thanks to FLEXTEND, surgery is no longer
The strength in my right wrist has greatly improved
and the pain that was hampering me has virtually disappeared. As
a PGA Golf Professional, my wrists play a vital role in a successful
golf swing. It is a tremendous feeling to be playing golf pain-free
Flextend has not only been great for me in correcting
an existing problem, but I highly recommend FLEXTEND for those
interested in preventing hand and wrist injuries.
Please feel free to send any clients my
way to talk about this product and how it might benefit them
in their golf development.
Thanks for everything.
Matthew F. McConnin
Australian, Simon Tree - Bronc Rider, Photographer and Writer
I have been using the FLEXTEND ® system
a good while now, and I still can't get over the results I am achieving.
My injured left hand looks healthy and strong and I am able to
use it more and more without it feeling fatigued.
As a tradesman, this has certainly
helped me when working, as I tended to use my right hand for everything.
This overuse of my right side
started causing trouble in my shoulder and neck, as one side became
noticeably stronger than the other. Having the use of both hands
now has certainly made life a lot easier and less painful.
As a professional saddle-bronc
rider, where balance is a necessity, FLEXTEND ® has been a
Godsend. A noticeable increase in grip strength in my left hand has
enabled me to train harder than I ever have and subsequently my
riding has risen to new heights. I have also seen FLEXTEND ® work
for other rodeo athletes, rehabilitating injuries, increasing grip
strength and even reducing scar tissue build up which
had been plaguing a friends riding hand for years. There seems
to be no limits to what FLEXTEND ® can do.
I am confident I will achieve
my goal of winning an Australian title within the next few years
and I know that FLEXTEND ® has played a major role in my recent
and future success. Thank you!
Professional Bronc Rider
St. Victor - Professional Artist
As a rather prominent artist
and passionate yet clumsy soccer player, I often found my livelihood
in peril due to an all-to-frequent recurring wrist injury. However
as a result of using FLEXTEND® in therapy to regain movement
from the most recent setback, and for the past 6-months since,
the strength in my wrists has not only recovered to their original
status.but beyond. Now I once again play soccer with the same
reckless abandon and disregard for the rules as I paint..