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Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance Hardcover – Apr 23 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (April 23 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936608588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936608584
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Coach Kelly Starrett received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California. He currently runs his own physical therapy practice at San Francisco CrossFit—one of the first 50 CrossFit affiliates—and focuses on performance-based Orthopedic Sports Medicine with an emphasis on returning athletes to elite level sport and performance. His clients see exceptional results from his progressive blend of manual physical therapy and strength training. Since 2009, Kelly has been traveling the country teaching his "Movement, Mobility & Maintenance Course" in an effort to spread his message that good mobility and proper movement are the keys to good performance and that all humans should be able to perform this basic maintenance on themselves.

Kelly's clients have included Olympic gold-medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world-class extreme skiers and X-Games medalists, dancers with Smuin, San Francisco, and Sacramento Ballet Companies, military personnel, and competitive age-division athletes.


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This is a must for anyone who's into fitness or healthy living. This is also very good for people who suffering tightness or discomfort. This book will certainly show you how to release tight muscle and/or joints. I can't say enough good things about it.
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I know we got it from Amazon, but I think it was my wife who actually bought this book. But I've read it, and tried to apply some of what's in it, with varying degrees of success.

I'm not always the smartest guy in the room, but I usually hold my own, in most situations. And out of necessity, I've made myself knowledgeable about health matters and anatomy. And this book is packed with useful info from somebody who's smart and passionate about imparting how the body does... and should... work. It's great, but there's too much insider stuff.

If you are in the bodywork biz, or are a professional or elite-amateur athlete, then you probably understand most, or all of the "terms-of-art", and you understand what is being suggested for this-or-that improvement or amelioration. If you are not blessed with being exposed to all the names they use for actions and techniques, then you'll find fairly technical explanations for what ails you, followed by explanations for what-you-need-to-do that make you shake your head and say: "Huh? What'd he just say?" I'm not talking about anatomical references. I'm talking about his own terminology around what he wants you to DO with your anatomy... his short-hand, and the lingo that he and his elite-athlete friends use, because that's their life.

I mean, for example, I know what "Screw your feet into the floor" means, when you are talking about lowering your center and grabbing some leverage in a martial arts context, but I don't know what that means when it's ONE foot, and it's part of an obscure exercise or pose or sequence that is meant to heal a certain type of fascia damage in a certain part of the lower leg.
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Learning more in this one book about injury prevention than I did in an entire college program. This book ought to be used as a text book in college - love it! I have a back ground in anatomy so I don't find it difficult to read, but can see how those who don't may find it a little science thick. Best investment!
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Unbelievably descriptive! Every person who wants to maintain a healthy body - athlete or not - would benefit from reading this comprehensive bible on proper movement. If only I had this manual back when I was playing sports growing up...the injuries that could have been prevented. :(
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This is an extremely useful book when it comes to self-maintenance of your body. Whether you're an athlete or a weekend warrior, Kelly Starett will give you homework to reduce the aches and pains and augment your effiency.

If you're good with being DIY with your health, buy this book and apply it - you'll save money on therapists.
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Seeing immediate results after changing my posture as outlined in the book.
Way more information than I feel I'll ever need, but that's a good thing and I have confidence that if I need something I'll find it in here.
So far read the sections on posture, weightlifting and foam rolling, learned a ton.
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I was a bit skeptical at first but I dont believe in quitting,and I stuck to my stretches and release therapy.Thank god I did,this book shows you step by step (photo and print) how to release the muscle and most importantly(to me) how to achieve correct form and muscle balance.Best investement so far.Do yourself the favor and buy lacrosse balls.life savers.
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If you want to train for a long time, if you want to increase your knowledge a lot about training, if you're passionate about weighlifting/powerlifting etc ... HERE'S YOU BOOK. This book is gold. Don't hesitate. Buy it.
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