Stretching Anatomy Paperback – Nov 16 2006
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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.”
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."
Owner and Executive Director of SCW Fitness Education
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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.
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.