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On the short side of stretching,
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This review is from: The Anatomy of Stretching (Paperback)I was a bit disapointed with this book.
The other reviews here are all very good - so my expectations was high:
I expected drawings in the same quality as in Frederic Delavier's books on anatomy in strenght training - while the illustrations in The Anatomy of Stretching shows the involved muscle rather well - the artistic level of the drawings are not nearly as good as in the Frederic Delavier books.
I also expected if not all stretches in the world - then a good selection of all know stretches.
Here the books is disapointing in 2 ways:
1. There are a lot of known (to me) stretches not inclueded and some areas like how to stretch the latisimus dorsi is not covered very well.
2. some stretches are repeated up til 4 times - the stretch where you sit with your legs apart and stretches down between them is covered under 4 sections - back, bouttocks, hamstrings and calves - even the text is almost identical. Besides using up page space and pumping up the number of claimed stretches - it would also be better is the 4 uses ogf the same stretch was covered in the same place.
Another gripe is that the actualy technique invovlved in each stretch is very shortly described - while there is a rather stupid list of sports the particular stretch will benefit - repeated over and over.
Also the first chapter dealing with the good and bad of stratching is VERY short and doesn't go very much beyond "stretching is good if done right".
After reading the book I concluded that I can't use it as my only source for stretches - but I'll have to rely on the web as well as other book.
When this is said the book is usefull and holds a lot of good stretches and information.
Its just not fantastic.