Ann Frederick is the director of flexibility training for the Stretch to Win Clinic, where she has worked with many elite athletes, including Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb and numerous Olympians and members of the NFL, MLB, and NHL. Ann was the first flexibility specialist ever to work at the Olympics, consulting with the 1996 U.S. wrestling team and both the 2000 and 2004 U.S. track teams.
For more than 35 years, Ann has studied, performed, and taught movement through multiple dance disciplines. In 1997, upon completion of her studies, Frederick defended her master's thesis and established that her stretching technique outperformed conventional methods with lasting flexibility gains of 36 to 52 percent. She continually refined and improved these techniques, which evolved into a unique system of neuromyofascial manual therapy called Stretch to Win—Fascial Stretch Therapy (STW-FST). Today, professional athletes and Olympians from all over the world use this system of flexibility training and stretching to achieve higher levels of performance.
Ann is a member of the International Association of Structural Integrators.
Chris Frederick is the director of sports and orthopedic rehabilitation at the Stretch to Win Clinic. After an injury sidelined his professional dance career, Chris received his degree in manual orthopedic physical therapy from Hunter College, City University of New York. To obtain a well-rounded background in many disciplines, Chris trained privately with several master physical therapists, Rolfers, chiropractors, osteopaths, and an Olympic strength coach. Chris is also well versed in the ancient movement and healing arts of tai chi and qigong. More recently he has become a Z-Health practitioner.
Chris has been a practicing physical therapist since 1989, focusing on manual therapy—integrating STW-FST and kinesis myofascial integration—along with prescribed movement re-education. After training privately with Ann in 1998, he helped evolve STW-FST as an effective manual therapy and movement re-education system that improved outcomes of many common medical diagnoses faster and more effectively than traditional physical therapy.
Chris is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association; the International Association of Structural Integrators; and the International Association for Dance, Medicine and Science.
Through the Stretch to Win Institute, the Fredericks offer certification-training workshops in STW-FST. They are dedicated to advancing the emerging field of flexibility sciences by promoting and engaging in research on connective tissue and related topics.
The Fredericks authored the popular book Stretch to Win (Human Kinetics, 2006) and are currently working on their new book about STW-FST for advanced manual and movement therapy professionals. More than just highly experienced fascial stretch therapy experts, the Fredericks are passionate about sharing their vast knowledge in a fun and informative hands-on environment.
The Fredericks reside in Tempe, Arizona.