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The Anatomy of Stretching: Your Illustrated Guide to Flexibility and Injury Rehabilitation
The Anatomy of Stretching: Your Illustrated Guide to Flexibility and Injury Rehabilitation
by Brad Walker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be Carefull, 7 Jan 2012
This book offers comprehensive information in reference with stretching. Drawings and explanations of stretching exercises are good, as well as the overall appearance of the book.

However, the application of presented advice is a doubtful. As an experienced recreational sportsman--who has red a number of books about stretching, training methodology, exercise physiology and so forth--after practical application of suggested stretching exercises, I can only say that some of them are either improperly explained or unpleasant to execute. They did not provide any physiological benefits of stretching, and even caused unpleasant unhealthy tone in my muscles. Therefore, I would suggest caution when executing recommended stretches. Also, I would recommend consulting other books on stretching in order to provide better information.
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Beginning Bodybuilding: Real Muscle/Real Fast
Beginning Bodybuilding: Real Muscle/Real Fast
by John R. Little
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Move On to Something Better, 24 Dec 2011
After reading a significant number of scientifically based books about: strength training, exercise physiology, and nutrition, all I can say is that this book is NOT, and I repeat NOT a good source on any of these subjects, especially for beginners. Apart from instructions on how to execute particular exercises, all other advice and presented training methodology are wrong and misleading. I would even go as far to call them DANGEROUS. Author completes the bad impression by HIGHLY underestimating the importance of nutrition, even ridiculing the trainees which pay attention to what they eat.

Simply put, only experienced sportsman and scientists have the knowledge and authority to write books on strength training. Everyone else, intending to write these kind of books should read what the experts have wrote FIRST, and then try to write something. Otherwise, useless and misleading books like this one see the light of the day, and create false authorities.


Dynamic Stretching
Dynamic Stretching
by Mark Kovacs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good concept, without specific information, 26 Dec 2010
This review is from: Dynamic Stretching (Paperback)
Proper dynamic stretching and warm-up prior workout, as well as static stretching after workout, reduce the risk of injury, increase muscle strength, improve overall performance, and enhance joint flexibility and range of motion. I am a bodybuilder, and Mark Kovacs "Dynamic Streching" immediately grabbed my attention. For a long time I was trying to find a competent resource on that subject, that would help me to consolidate my pre workout dynamic stretching routine.

In case of bodybuilding, this book does not offer that. Furthermore, I would suspect that it does not work for other sports as well. So, what seems to be the problem?

Simply put, the book does not provide enough information (almost neglects) the dynamic stretching of: biceps, triceps, back, abdominal muscles, and hips. The 85% of the dynamic stretching exercises refers only to: quadriceps, hamstring, calves, and foot joints. It is hard to imagine that any of these dynamic stretching workouts would work for anyone, except for those athletes involved in running, cycling, soccer, or other sports that primarily engages leg muscles. There is not enough information on how to properly warm-up the entire body through dynamic stretching, and therefore prepare the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joint for further engagement in training.

This book would be most likely useful for athletes that primarily need to prepare lower body for training. Otherwise, it should be avoided which is not what I would expect having in mind the authors experience, and expertise.

There are few good things to be honest. Presented concepts are well explained, illustrations and accompanying explanation of dynamic stretches are good as well.


The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide (Complete PC Upgrade & Maintenance Guide)
The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide (Complete PC Upgrade & Maintenance Guide)
by Mark Minasi
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but could be better, 12 Sep 2010
In general I find this book is very informative. It contains a lot of useful information and advice in reference with the subject in matter. Therefore I think many of us could use that knowledge wisely when dealing with our PC's. However, my impression is that the same amount of information could be transferred to the reader with much less words. Some of information, and the story Minasi is creating around information is completely unnecessary, and makes the reading process dull and strenuous. The book also contains a lot of information about software to hardware issues, which I believe cannot be that useful. I was hoping to see more hands on approach, more photos, and more precise instructions on how to deal with computer hardware. It seems to me that it would be much better to try to focus on only one side of the issue (such as hardware) and dedicate the book completely to it.


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