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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (Nov. 16 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736059725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736059725
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 17.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 390 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Malcolma on Jan. 23 2009
Format: Paperback
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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Buy this one Feb. 6 2007
By Loren w Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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
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
A great stretching resource! Sept. 22 2007
By K. Bauman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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
Good, basic stretch book. Feb. 23 2009
By fitnessprincess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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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