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Stretching Anatomy [Paperback]

Arnold Nelson , Jouko Kokkonen
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Nov. 16 2006

See inside every stretch—and maximize flexibility! Stretching Anatomy will arm you with the knowledge to increase range of motion, supplement training, enhance recovery, and maximize efficiency of movement. You'll also gain a detailed understanding of how each stretch affects your body.

Stretching Anatomy is like having an X-ray of each stretch, only better. Not only do you see full-color illustrations of the muscles in action, but you also find out how changes in position can alter the muscle emphasis and difficulty and how variations can improve safety and effectiveness.

Each exercise includes detailed instruction on how to stretch, when to stretch, primary and secondary muscle emphasis, and which muscles are activated for support. Stretching programs provide three levels of difficulty, including light stretching that can be used as a warm-up or to aid in recovery from soreness or injury. And summary movement tables show how to customize stretching programs to focus on key problem areas.

Whether it is increased flexibility or reduced muscle soreness or tension, Stretching Anatomy allows you to see and feel the benefit of proper stretching technique.

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""Stretching Anatomy "is the most complete guide to stretching I've seen. Its illustrations, tips, and explanations inspired me to stop procrastinating and start getting limber." Janet LeeDeputy Editor, "Shape" "The beautiful, highly detailed illustrations in" Stretching Anatomy "are the best I've ever seen, and the book's advice and exercises are simple, clear, and easy to follow. It's an invaluable resource for anyonefrom novice exercisers to fitness professionals."" Sara Kooperman, Owner and Executive Director of SCW Fitness Education


Stretching Anatomy is the most complete guide to stretching I've seen. Its illustrations, tips, and explanations inspired me to stop procrastinating and start getting limber.”

Janet Lee
Deputy Editor, Shape

”The beautiful, highly detailed illustrations in Stretching Anatomy are the best I've ever seen, and the book's advice and exercises are simple, clear, and easy to follow. It's an invaluable resource for anyone—from novice exercisers to fitness professionals."

Sara Kooperman

Owner and Executive Director of SCW Fitness Education

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Descriptive and very useful...however Jan. 23 2009
I really like this practical how-to guide, EXCEPT, the binding is wrong. It should have a ring binding so that you can take this book to the gym with you to be able to hold it open to follow the instructions.
I may try to have my copy re-bound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it, love it Aug. 3 2014
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love it,love it,love it.AMAZING BOOK.very descriptive and detailed.I surely learned proper form on my stretches and how to intensify them(when needed)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this one Feb. 6 2007
By Loren w Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
I have been a martial arts teacher for 42 years and have authored over 20 books on the subject. So I know a little about stretching. Stretching Anatomy is a wonderful guide that is concise, yet somehow amazingly complete.

The book isn't written for one particular sport, but the savvy reader will quickly see how the many easy-to-do stretches (and a couple hard ones) will improve their performance within weeks.

Each clearly demonstrated exercise includes simple how-to-do instruction, when to do it, and which primary and secondary muscles are being stretched. The book provides three levels of difficulty, including light movements to warm-up and to help you recovery quickly from an injury or post workout soreness.

A real plus are the anatomy chart-like illustrations that show via colored shading which muscles are being affected by the stretch.

This is an excellent book that I recommend to my students.

Loren W. Christensen author of Fighter's Fact Book 2.
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stretching book! July 2 2007
By Teresa - Published on Amazon.com
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I have used this book to not only show and teach clients and patients proper stretching techniques, I have recommended it as a tool for the Physical Therapist at my job, and used it for myself. Illustrations are detailed with specific muscles described in each stretch and are very helpful in understanding the anatomy of each stretch - great book for ANYONE, especially pre- and post-workout for athletes! I also recommend "Stretching" by Bob Anderson in conjunction with this as a teaching tool.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great stretching resource! Sept. 22 2007
By K. Bauman - Published on Amazon.com
I've been a runner and athlete for over a decade, and even having learned dozens of stretches along the way, this book was well worth the money. It's very comprehensive - contains stretches for every muscle group and even describes the supporting muscle groups you're using when doing a particular stretch. The visuals are clear and helpful as well. The explanations are very easy to follow, and I love that it gives tips within each stretch for increasing the intensity or stretching slightly different muscles with a slightly different motion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stretching, flexibility, anatomy of muscles, muscle review, muscle actions. Aug. 22 2009
By Annie MacKenzie - Published on Amazon.com
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Stretching Anatomy has lovely color illustrations of men and women performing the different stretches. The chapters are uncomplicated and it is easy to quickly reference all of the muscles and their actions. I really like the chapters on Arms, wrists and hands and also knees and thighs. Every illustrated stretch has a box beneath with a detailed color picture of the anatomy, all muscles are labeled clearly. You can quickly sort out any confusion you may have between similar sounding muscles. I get my Teres Major and minor muscles mixed up for example or my Flexor carpi radialis brevis and longus. A quick look in this book will set you straight in a short space of time.

Generally 2 pages are dedicated to each stretch, one page has the illustrations the other page has three short paragraphs, no more than several lines in each paragraph though. "Technique", "Muscles stretched" (most stretched and least stretched), and "Commentary" which gives you modifications, variations and various tips on deepening the stretch. The information is very brief. If you need more detail on muscles involved, or origins and insertions, this is not the book for you, explanations are limited to muscle action and pictures.

This is a very nice, simple and uncomplicated book, if you want a little more detail I would suggest spending around $5 more and getting "The anatomy of stretching" by Brad Walker (very similar titles)or at least review both books before buying to see which suits you best.

At the end of each chapter of "Stretching Anatomy" all muscles are listed down the left side of the page and the actions across the top of the page. Ticks symbols show the action of each muscle. This book is a useful tool for anyone reviewing muscles for their anatomy exams, massage therapists, fitness instructors, physiotherapists who are just starting out etc. The stretches shown for arms and wrists are my favorite. Whether you are a yoga instructor looking for a few new ways to warm up your students before their Asana practice (a good deal of the stretches shown remind me of yoga poses such as Janu Sirsasana, Baddah konasana, paschimottanasana, or you are a massage therapist educating your clients on self care, or an athlete looking for information on increasing flexibility this 143 page book is very handy as a reference book or as a guide to design your own stretching sequences.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, basic stretch book. Feb. 23 2009
By fitnessprincess - Published on Amazon.com
I wished this book had more stretches for just legs, hips, and lower back. There were a lot of stretches for the arms, hands, lower legs, and feet. The book is decent. The great thing about this book is the fact it points out the greater stretched muscles and lesser stretched muscles in each demonstrated stretch. I would of liked if this book had more major muscle group stretches.
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