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Nina Agdal and Trainer Akin Akman Design Stretching Routine Specifically For Long Drives and the new Buick Envision

Nina Agdal and Trainer Akin Akman Design Stretching Routine Specifically For Long Drives.

Buick Celebrates new compact luxury SUV, the first-ever Buick Envision, with "Buick Envision Joy to Drive" Video
Nina Agdal and Akin Akman design custom stretching routine to aid with comfort on long drives

Health and wellbeing are top of mind for more and more Americans today, and for Buick as well. The first ever Buick Envision five passenger compact luxury SUV feature's signature Quiet Tuning, advanced driver assist technologies, and soft-touch materials, designed to contribute to a more relaxing, calm and happy driving experience.

Today, Buick is proud to release a new piece of video content inspired by the Envision, the "Buick Envision Joy to Drive" video.

The "Buick Envision Joy to Drive" video delivers a special stretching routine created by super trainer Akin Akman alongside his client, model Nina Agdal. The duo designed the routine specifically to aid comfort before, and after, long drives.

“I travel a lot for work with much of it being long distance whether it be driving or flying and I know first-hand the value of making sure that pre and post journey I look after my body – stretching helps deliver that comfort that allows me to relax and make the journey a joy,” said model Nina Agdal.

Speaking on the routine he created with Agdal and the need to stretch to create driving comfort trainer Akin Akman said, “These moves were designed to support core strength and increase blood flow and heart rate to stimulate alertness which is helpful both pre and post long drive.”

The "Buick Envision Joy to Drive” video celebrates the design details within the Buick Envision including premium soft touch materials, sculpted surfaces, ambient lighting and ample leg room which combine to deliver comfort for driver and passenger and thereby a happier drive.

The custom Nina Agdal and Akin Akman "Buick Envision Joy to Drive" Stretching Routine consists of the following four maneuvers, to be done both pre and post drive:

1. Neck Stretch
Description: This gentle stretch targets the sides of your neck.
Benefit to driver: A stiff neck can cause headaches and upper back pain so it’s important to loosen up to aid comfort ahead of a long drive.

2. Eccentric Upper Body Push Up
Description: This is an inclined push-up in which she will slowly lower herself onto the car until her chest is almost touching the hood or front panel, and then return explosively to the starting position.
Benefit to driver: Strengthens chest and back muscles while engaging the core. Increases blood flow to arms and upper body. Returning explosively to the starting position increases blood flow, heart rate, and boosts overall alertness.
3. Eccentric Lower Body Squat
Description: Standing close to the back bumper with your back facing the back of the car, slowly lower down into a squat until your butt just touches the bumper. Then quickly return to a standing position.
Benefit to driver: Builds strength in your legs. The quick return to a full standing position awakens the senses by increasing heart rate and blood flow, elevating one’s focus and attentiveness.
4. Back Mobility
Description: With your arms reaching back behind you, slowly bend your back towards the car until you can place your hands flat on its surface. (It is not necessary to go into a full “bridge” position.) Finish the exercise by returning to a standing position — and then performing a forward toe touch.
Benefit to driver: Sitting for long periods builds tension in the lower back. This exercise releases that tightness in the lower back. The forward toe touch serves to loosen the hamstrings.

Below, view behind the scenes footage showing the taping of Buick’s “Joy to Drive.” “Joy to Drive” features a special long distance driving stretch routine designed to aid comfort before or after hitting the road. Created by fitness guru Akin Akman and demonstrated by model Nina Agdal and the first-ever Envision luxury SUV. Akin and Nina discuss why comfort is so important for the body and how they achieve it when on the road.

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