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Stretching: 20th Anniversary Revised Edition
Bob Anderson
0936070226
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
When Bob Anderson first published Stretching in 1980, the fitness movement was new to most Americans. The term aerobics had just been coined in 1968, and few people outside bodybuilding circles had heard of Arnold Schwarzenegger yet.

Now, fitness is such old hat that it's even had a backlash or two. Lots of the original ideas have been called into question, including the preeminence of aerobic exercise. But flexibility is bigger than ever; Pilates and yoga are two of the fastest-growing fitness programs in the U.S. in the early 2000s. The type of stretching Anderson recommends--called "static," meaning you sit in one place and hold the stretch for a specified amount of time--isn't exactly trendy, but it remains the most accessible way for entry-level exercisers to improve their flexibility. (Or, perhaps more important, to...



Yoga for Beginners
Mark Ansari
0062736485
Jan 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
...demonstrates, through numerous color photographs, elementary positions and breathing techniques ideal for the yoga novice.


Genius of Flexibility: The Smart Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Body
Bob Cooley
0743270878
August 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
After a life-threatening accident, Cooley developed a series of 16 resistance stretches that he says gave his body a degree of flexibility that far surpassed his pre-accident levels. Cooley explains that program here, organizing the stretches into four difficulty levels and addressing personality traits, since, he says, stretching certain muscles can affect nonphysical areas in one's life. Once he used the program to heal himself, Cooley began to work with professional athletes and others suffering from injuries, including Olympic gold medal swimmer Dara Torres. While these athletes' testimonies and Cooley's own enthusiasm for his subject are inspiring, the principles he describes will be familiar—and hardly groundbreaking—to yoga students. Cooley's more direct approach and language, however, will...


American Physical Therapy Association Book of Body Repair and Maintenance: Hundreds of Stretches and Exercises for Every Part of the Human Body
Marilyn Moffat
0805055711
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Whether you've been injured or want to avoid injury, the American Physical Therapy Association Book of Body Repair and Maintenance can help you. Part 1 is the first place to go if you've been hurt. It presents nine common injury sites--back, neck, jaw, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, hip, knee, and ankle and foot--describing the anatomy and function of that area of the body, what can go wrong, and what to do if you experience pain or injury there. Part 2 explains how to avoid injury through proper posture, gait, body mechanics (how we use our bodies in daily activities), body weight, and footwear. You also get a program of beginning strength training and stretching, plus tips for avoiding injuries in sports, exercise activities, and in the workplace. Part 3 presents 200 clearly illustrated exercises for strength...


Whartons' Stretch Book: Active-Isolated Stretching
Jim Wharton
0812926234
January 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
One of the dirty secrets of the fitness world is that for all the talk about the importance of stretching, many athletes and other fit people don't bother with it. It's hard to gauge the benefits, and it seems as if the time could be better spent running, lifting weights, or perfecting sports skills. This sentiment is expressed by Dr. Bob Arnot in the foreword to "The Whartons' Stretch Book," and he says that the Whartons changed his mind. He went to them with a stiffened hip that he thought needed surgery, but after a regimen using the active-isolated stretching technique, his flexibility in that hip had increased 40 percent.

Active-isolated stretching is very different from what your high-school gym teacher made you do. Rather than holding a stretch for a half-minute, you hold it for just two seconds. This prevents the...



Facilitated Stretching
Robert E. McAtee
0736000666
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
...a user-friendly resource for improving flexibility using the PNF technique, providing the latest information available...features a new chapter on the mechanics of stretching and one on the use of PNF with injured athletes.

From the Publisher
"Facilitated Stretching is based on a very sound understanding of flexibility training. It teaches you how to safely use the principles of stretching on your own or with a partner, in your clinical practice, or on the training field to improve the quality of your health and physical performance. Facilitated Stretching stresses the importance of flexibility training for everyone, not just athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Highlighted are precise, practical, safe and specific directions to stretch the major muscles of the body. The...


Stretching for 50+: A Customized Program for Increasing Flexibility, Avoiding Injury, and Enjoying an Active Lifestyle
Karl Knoph
1569754454
April 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Based on the belief that individuals over 50 can do most of the same things as 20- and 30-year-olds, 50+ Stretching shows how to maintain and improve flexibility by incorporating additional stretching into one's life. Covering all the muscle groups of the body, the author offers specially designed programs catering to every level of fitness. Among the book's exclusive features are the "supereasy" variations designed for the 60-and-older crowd or individuals with limited mobility. By incorporating helpful props such as a chair, sofa, or elastic strap, these stretches are a safe way to begin gaining flexibility and are the perfect stepping stone to the book's other stretches.

About the Author
Dr. Karl Knopf has been involved with the health and fitness of the disabled and older...


Morning Cup of Stretching
Treschel
1581732619
Oct 2003
Paperback
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The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution : The Slow Motion Exercise That Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week
Fredrick Hahn, et al
0767913868
December 24, 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Personal trainer Hahn and his physician co-writers, who previously authored the bestselling Protein Power, purport to have discovered the secret to strengthening heart and bones, enhancing flexibility, burning fat and improving athletic performance. This "revolutionary method of strength training that far exceeds the benefits of almost any other kind of exercise" is the Slow Burn-a "tough but short" workout consisting of measured lifting of heavy weights to the point of complete muscle exhaustion. For those with access to gym equipment, the weight should be "so heavy that for the first second or two you feel like you won't be able to budge it" (readers sans gym memberships work with their body weight and a few small free weights). Before describing any Slow Burn exercises, however, the authors spend 70-odd pages...


Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts
Sang H. Kim
1880336839
March 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Ultimate Flexibility is the book you've been waiting for. More than a collection of exercises or an explanation of technique, Ultimate Flexibility is a complete guide to stretching for martial arts, from the very basics of why you should stretch to detailed workout guidelines for every style and level of martial arts practice. Written by acclaimed author and martial artist Sang H. Kim, Ultimate Flexibility is your guide to achieving maximum flexibility in your training. Begin with an in depth look at the hows and whys of flexibility and stretching. Learn about the many types of stretching, which methods are best for beginners, when to graduate to advanced techniques and why you should completely avoid certain types of exercises. You'll also find information that you wont find in any other martial art book, including a...


Relax into Stretch : Instant Flexibility Through Mastering Muscle Tension
Pavel Tsatsouline
0938045288
February 1, 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Regain the Buoyant Flexibility of a Young Child While Maximizing Your Power and Strength "Conventional stretching attempts to literally elongate your tissues, which is dangerous and ineffective. Relax into Stretch simply teaches your muscles to relax into a stretch. If you compare traditional training to a messy hardware reorganization, then Relax into Stretch is an efficient software upgrade. While stretching tissues may take years, changes in the nervous system are immediate! Your muscles will start noticeably elongating from your first Relax into Stretch practice—and within months you will have achieved a level of flexibility uncommon in our species."—Pavel Tsatsouline —Own an illustrated guide to the thirty-six most effective techniques for super-flexibility —How the secret of mastering...


Math Potatoes
Greg Tang
0439443903
July 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6–Tang's seventh entry in a series that includes The Grapes of Math (2001) and Math-terpieces (2003, both Scholastic) is another winner. Each spread includes a poem consisting of neatly rhymed couplets that first set a scene (I gaze into the evening sky,/Think great thoughts and wonder why) and concludes with a hint or suggestion as to how the objects on the opposing page might most efficiently be grouped to arrive at a sum (When you look up to the heavens,/Try to think in groups of sevens!). There are no overt patterns so that, as Tang says in his author's note, children are challenged to combine numbers in smart ways, not just obvious ways. The book concludes with clear diagrams and succinct explanations providing the solutions. Briggs's computer-generated art is crisp, clear, and...


Full-Body Flexibility
Jay Blahnik
0736041508
Nov 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Stretching before you exercise or engage in sports can actually cause fatigue and damage to your body by putting undue stress on soft tissue, maintains Blahnik. Yet "a good warm up," he argues, "can in fact reduce the risk of injury prior to a workout if the warm-up is designed appropriately for the workout that follows." In this stretching guidebook, the fitness consultant, whom Shape magazine named one of the country's top five exercise instructors, emphasizes the importance of variety, strength and balance for increased flexibility, performance, and comfort in the workplace, home, or on the football field. Following an introduction that clarifies essential terms and concepts for the beginner, the book provides an assortment of stretching exercises, complete with explanations and illustrations, for all parts of...


The Stark Reality of Stretching: An Informed Approach for All Activities and Every Sport
Steven D. Stark
0968360718
March 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Improper muscle preparation prior to exercise is the most common cause of acute pain, strain, and permanent damage. Many of these injuries are preventable with proper lower extremity stretching. This book addresses the need for warm-up exercises, analyzes the stretching process, and illustrates anatomy and basic biomechanics. Myths associated with stretching are dispelled. For example, many people believe that stretches and warm-up exercises are the same, when in fact, warm-up exercises should be a preparation for stretches. Applying the strategies outlined in this book will help keep an athlete healthy, build strength and power, and, most important prevent injury.

About the Author
Dr. Steven D. Stark founded the Podiatric Sports Medicine Group. He lives in Vancouver, British...


Active Isolated Stretching: The Mattes Method
Aaron L. Mattes
0965639614
bound - November 1, 2000
Spiral-bound
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Stretching Scientifically: A Guide to Flexibility Training
Thomas Kurz
0940149451
March 2003
Paperback
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Fitness Management
In Stretching Scientifically, there are some new ideas and some interesting twists on an old subject. The author is from the Eastern Bloc, and the book carries this slant with both information and methods of flexibility training. This text has value for the fitness professional with a high interests in the nuances of flexibility development. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Description
...Three items from Tom Kurz, athlete, instructor, coach, and graduate of the University School of Physical Education in Warsaw, Poland: a videotape Secrets of Stretching, and two books: Stretching Scientifically and Science of Sports Training. Tom presents a uniquely Eastern European look at this practical subject matter. The video chiefly focuses on...


Office Yoga : Simple Stretches for Busy People
Darrin Zeer, Michael Klein
0811826856
February 1, 2000
Hardcover
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From Beliefnet
As the title implies, Zeer offers a series of short, simpleyoga stretches and poses or asanas designed for the home and office. "Office Yoga" takes the reader from early morning in-bed yoga stretches through workday routines (easily performed in the cramped and hurried atmosphere of the office) and returns home with gentle and lighthearted exercises such as "Yoga for Couch Potatoes." "At-The-Desk-Relaxation," and "Afternoon Invigoration," offer a balanced mix of traditional Hatha yoga poses (e.g., Sun Salutation, Cobra, and Cat) and adaptations such as, "Keyboard Calisthenics" (for loosening wrists and fingers), "E-mail Meditation" (for calming nerves), and "Crowded Elevator Stretch" (to restore energy ). The exercises are enlivened by Michael Klein's retro, New Yorker-ish illustrations, as well as the occasional...


The Stretch Deck: 50 Stretches
Olivia H. Miller
0811833704
June 2002
Other Format
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Book Description
Stretching is one of the most effective ways to enhance overall fitness. This easy-to-use tool by the author of the best-selling Yoga Deck addresses key body regions-neck, shoulders, back, legs-in a handy portable format. Slip it into a gym bag and supplement any workout or use it any time to promote flexibility, prevent injury, and release tension.

About the Author
Olivia H. Miller is a freelance writer and has been a student of yoga for twenty-five years. She lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Nicole Kaufman is a freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in several publications and books. She lives with her family in Sonoma County's beautiful wine country.


Practical Horse Massage
Renate Ettl
1592287735
Dec 2005
Paperback
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Review
"Practical Horse Massage puts massage techniques and stretching exercises into perspective and is easy to learn."

"If you've ever thought that massage or stretching could benefit your horse, Practical Horse Massage is an easy, but thorough read."

"Well illustrated with color photographs, the author leaves nothing to chance and makes sure the reader will understand the various massage procedures by using pictures as well as text instructions."

"The beautiful color pictures make this useful book even more enjoyable as Ettl shows you how to benefit your horse physically through simple manipulations and massage."--American Quarter Horse Journal


NYC Ballet Workout : Fifty Stretches And Exercises Anyone Can Do For A Strong, Graceful, And Sculpted Body
Peter Martins
0688152023
January 13, 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Dancers get their beautiful bodies by dancing, right? Well, there's more to it than that. They also do specific exercises and stretches to build their strength and keep their magnificent physiques injury-free. This book offers 50 of those exercises, ranging from routine abdominal movements to "center exercises" (which develop coordination and stability) to advanced leg movements (which, of course, give you legs like a dancer). The book even offers suggestions for music to play while you follow the training tips. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Fitness, December 1996
Want to add a little grace and dignity -- not to mention strength and flexibility- -to your workout? Pick up a copy of The New York City Ballet Workout (William Morrow, 1997). With exquisite...


Walk Like a Bear, Stand Like a Tree, Run Like the Wind: Cool yoga, stretching and aerobic activities for cool kids
Carol Bassett
097404850X
August 2003
Hardcover
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