After retiring from the New Orleans Saints, former quarterback Drew Brees has expanded his reach into the fitness world by joining Stretch Zone as a franchise partner, board member and brand ambassador, the company announced in April.
Stretch Zone, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a practitioner-assisted stretching brand that Brees has committed to build out in the Midwest, Louisiana and Southern California as a franchise partner.
"The partnership between Drew and Stretch Zone is monumental for our fast-growing company and for the industry as a whole," said Stretch Zone President and CEO Tony Zaccario. "Drew's passion for health and fitness, coupled with his vast experience as a franchise owner across multiple industries, reinforces the value Stretch Zone brings to members and investors. With Drew on board, Stretch Zone will continue to improve people's quality of life across the U.S. as we make practitioner assisted stretching accessible to everyone."
Brees has invested in a variety of national franchises across health, fitness, restaurants and other sectors. In 2016, he joined the ownership group of Title Boxing Clubs and remains an equity holder in the company even after BoxUnion’s purchase of Title Boxing Clubs in January.
Brees has incorporated practitioner assisted stretching as part of his training and recovery regime for many years to maximize fitness gains and prevent injury. He touts Stretch Zone's methods as an effective companion to any fitness routine or training schedule, and he credits assisted stretching with helping improve his recovery time and his ability to maintain strength, flexibility and power.
"Stretch Zone improves lives through its intentional methods and authentic approach," Brees said in the announcement. "It is a company driven by passion and purpose. Stretch Zone's outstanding leadership team is committed to growth and to helping people feel better one stretch at a time."
Stretch Zone uses a proprietary strapping system that positions, stabilizes and isolates muscles to allow for effective stretching.
"Drew has experienced first-hand what we do at Stretch Zone, and we are delighted to welcome him to the Stretch Zone family," Stretch Zone founder Jorden Gold said.