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2.0 out of 5 stars Not applicable as a reference book, 16 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to Stretching (Complete Guides) (Paperback)
As an exercise professional, we get sent adverts and referrals for the books within the Complete Guide series and I have purchased several of them.
Hoping to gain a more indepth knowledge of stretching and practical application tips and for the book to serve as a reference post qualification, I purchased this book.

However, this title is very disappointing, especially when compared to the rest in this series. As other reviewers have noted, the first half of the book has little to do with stretching, and it's almost as if they were padding the book out.

Unfortunately there are many issues such as;

somatotypes - which were disproven in the '50s
diagrams with muscles labeled as bones and visa versa
stretches without names, or listing what muscles they are designed to stretch
flexibility tests without names, why they are performed or what they affect
PNF stretching, an advanced and more complicated technique has only one tiny paragraph near the front of the book

I honestly can't trust this book as a reference to learn from, as some of the topics I already I have qualifications in covered in the book with complete nonsense and outdated myths. Those which I am unfamiliar with have precious little information on them and as such are completely useless for exercise prescription.

I've given it two stars as I have been able to use some of the stretch illustrations to remind me of exercises forgotten and found some I can use for suggestions for alternatives for regression.
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