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Stretching Your Boundaries: Flexibility Training for Extreme Calisthenic Strength

Stretching Your Boundaries: Flexibility Training for Extreme Calisthenic Strength [Kindle Edition]

Al Kavadlo , Elliott Hulse
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Stretching and Flexibility Secrets To Help Unlock Your Body—Be More Mobile, More Athletic, More Resilient And Far Stronger…

Picture yourself with the elegant lines and eye-catching flexibility of a Himalayan Yogi. Watch yourself move with the fluidity and grace of a great dancer. Feel your strength as you power into and hold the most challenging of bodyweight exercise moves. See yourself ripple with the muscular, toned, symmetrical physique that signals the perfect marriage of form and function.

All of this could be yours—with the right mindset, the right knowledge, the right mentor and the right blueprint for success. Enter Al Kavadlo—and his hard-earned skills in the world of bodyweight exercise training. This is a man who walks the walk of his talk—and then some. A man who models the capabilities and qualities of a bodyweight master—while also being able to teach and inspire others in the most practical of manners.

In Stretching Your Boundaries, Al provides a blueprint that anyone can follow to achieve supreme physical elegance, mobility and strength—and to amp up their game in any aspect of physical performance.

Stretching Your Boundaries could have been called “Yoga Meets Calisthenics”. Or “Zen and the Art of Stretch”. Because—as with the best of the physical culturists—there is a deep, yet lightly-carried spiritual “vibe” to Al’s teachings. There is a humble joy and a sense of well-being emanating from the man—that speaks volumes about his program.

If you really want to succeed as a physical culturist—and if you really want to live a healthy, happy, long life—then the right combination of spirit, wisdom and hard, skilled practice is the essential recipe, or template if you will. In Stretching Your Boundaries you will find the time-tested tools you need to continue cultivating yourself as a magnificent human artwork.

Fitting Al Kavadlo’s message is the medium: the book has gorgeous design and stunning photography—that will inspire you for years to come.

“The ultimate bodyweight mobility manual is here! Al Kavadlo’s previous two Dragon Door books, Raising the Bar and Pushing the Limits, are the most valuable bodyweight strength training manuals in the world. But strength without mobility is meaningless. Al has used his many years of training and coaching to fuse bodyweight disciplines such as yoga, martial arts, rehabilitative therapy and bar athletics into the ultimate calisthenics stretching compendium. Stretching Your Boundaries belongs on the shelf of any serious athlete—it’s bodyweight mobility dynamite!—"COACH" PAUL WADE, author of Convict Conditioning
"An absolutely masterful follow up to Raising the Bar and Pushing the Limits, Stretching Your Boundaries really completes the picture. Both easy to understand and fully applicable, Al's integration of traditional flexibility techniques with his own unique spin makes this a must have. The explanation of how each stretch will benefit your calisthenics practice is brilliant. Not only stunning in its color and design, this book also gives you the true feeling of New York City, both gritty and euphoric, much like Al's personality."
—MIKE FITCH, creator of Global Bodyweight Training

“Stretching Your Boundaries is a terrific resource that will unlock your joints so you can build more muscle, strength and athleticism. Al's passion for human performance radiates in this beautifully constructed book. Whether you're stiff as a board, or an elite gymnast, this book outlines the progressions to take your body and performance to a new level."
—CHAD WATERBURY, M.S., author of Huge in a Hurry

"Al Kavadlo has done it again! He's created yet another incredible resource that I wish I had twenty years ago. Finding great material on flexibility training that actually enhances your strength is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. But look no further, because Stretching Your Boundaries is exactly what you need."—JASON FERRUGGIA, Strength Coach

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 21490 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dragon Door Publications (19 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HYLT4J6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book 19 Feb 2014
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Excellent books (this and Pushing Your Limits) for beginners and experts alike. Takes the user through CORRECT technique for stretches and calisthenics and has plenty of levels of progression. I will definitely get my money's worth out of this book and it's gone straight to the top of my list of all the exercise and training manuals I've got (and I've got many!).

The only thing stopping me from giving it 5 stars is that its not particularly kindle friendly as there's quite a lot of toggling back and forth when you're using it for a workout which I find interrupts the flow; not exactly what I want when I'm stretching before or after a workout.

BUT I can tell the difference already from following these exercises in my posture and I've only had it a week. I will be trying to make a little bit of time each day to work through at least a handful of these exercises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collectioni of Stretches 16 April 2014
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All of Al's books are highly recommended, but this came at a perfect time for me. I really want to be more flexible and what Al has written here is a great collection of stretches that can be added to any exercise program (or just part of your everyday routine) to improve flexibility.

The book is full of some great and inspirational photographs that clearly show how to do each stretch. The explanations are also clear and tied in to your breathing.

A lot of the moves come from the world of yoga, but have different names, but this is certainly no bad thing as yoga provides some excellent postures for flexibility.

Anybody who wants to get more flexible should get this book and add the moves into their exercise regime.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One of the better flexibility texts 12 April 2014
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For the price, it's a pretty good deal and there's some interesting info inside. Currently, I cannot decide whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, so I shall err on the lower end.
Good: Al writes in a very accessible style; there are some lovely images; an explanation of the functional usage of varying stretches is provided.
Not so Good: Discussion of the varying factors can be a bit brief; sometimes the comparative exercises are stretching the boundaries of tenuous linkage.
All in all, a pretty good text, although not up on a level with "raising the bar" and "pushing the limits".
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can teach an old dog new tricks 17 Mar 2014
By Dave
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I stumbled upon this title after taking an interest in body went exercise and calisthenics.
I used to be a gym goer, but time and finances conspired against me and I ended up spending some considerable time away from doing any meaningful exercise with the obvious net results to my body.

After reading Al's previous works, alongside the convict conditioning books, I have embarked upon rediscovering what my body can do (much to its displeasure at times, I think the sofa has de-friended me)

This book makes an invaluable companion to the strength training, and is well written

Give it a try, you may be surprised, I was :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very useful book 5 Mar 2014
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I found this a very easy to read and useful book which I will incorporate into my training methods and techniques
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