The Complete Guide to Stretching Paperback – 26 Feb 1999
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'I fyou ever though stretching was a simple matter of arms in the air and toes wiggling. Christopher Norris begs to differ. The author, who runs physiotherapy practices in Sale and Conleton. It is aimed at sports people and others who enjoy exercise who are keen to achieve a level pof flexibility to enhance their performance.'
-- Cheshire Life
'this is a definitive guide for keen sportspeople and recreational exercisers alike.' -- Health and Fitness (December 2007) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Christopher M. Norris is a Chartered Physiotherapist, sports scientist, highly successful author and established lecturer and consultant. He has over twenty years experience in treating soft tissue injuries, and specialises in sport injuries and exercise therapy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I'd say if you can handle technical information, get it, otherwise, don't.
The second part is the actual exercises. There lots to look at but they are technically termed such as "trunk lateral shift" and "lateral flexion (with overpressure)". They are nicely illustrated but do not indicate what is being stretched.
I have given this 3 stars because it is not really what i was looking for. I'm a casual gym user and cyclist commuter so i don't need to know the science. On the other hand, if you're an instructor, professional or lecturer then this book will probably be very good for you (5 stars).
If you want something for the casual user in simple terms, check out "Stretching" by Bob Anderson.
I dont like buying books that just take advantage of your impulse "to get into something healthy" at the start of the new year. So this book is really a breath of fresh air. It has pages and pages worth of basic/intermediate and advanced stretches. As well as theory to explain why they are essential to everyones wellbeing. If you want to buy a book on stretchig, get this one! It will be the only one you need!
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.
My primary objection is that there are generally no anatomical illustrations of which muscles are being stretched, to accompany the illustrations of how the exercises are performed. I wrongly assumed there would be pictures like those stuck onto weight exercise machines at the gym.
I found Anita Bean's "The Complete Guide to Strength Training" brilliant, and was probably expecting too much of this publication.
PS: And no, the pretty girl on the cover does not demonstrate the exercises in the book.
Some of the stretches will be familiar to people who have read running and cycling magazines, or have been to Pilates, Yoga, or Body Balance classes.
This book does have potential, but it needs the clarity and flow of Anita Bean to make it a worthwhile purchase.
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Having the scientific basis explained was a major plus for me. Trolling thru textbooks was simplified by the explanations given.Published on 19 April 2014 by Valerie
Great book offering a good guide to stretching. The complete guides range is great and the books are worth their weight in gold.Published on 26 April 2013 by Sarah