RELAX INTO STRETCH INSTANT FLEXIBLITY: Instant Flexibility Through Mastering Muscle Tension Paperback – 1 Feb 2001
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About the Author
Pavel Tsatsouline, is a former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor, who helped Dragon Door Publications initiate the modern kettlebell movement.
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The methods are clearly explained with just the right amount of science, enough to understand the process, but never the less aimed at a practical user rather than a medical audience. All the stretches are also clearly illustrated with good quality photographs ensuring correct implementation.
The only proviso I would make is that the protocols required to achieve results require both mental toughness and pain tolerance, which should not be a problem for those serious about improving performance in their chosen activities, but for those simply seeking increased mobility in everday life I would recommend 'Super Joints' by the same author as an alternative.
For any martial artist, dancer or individual wishing to improve their flexibility, this book is a must. It goes through passive stretching, isometric stretching, the dreaded clasp knife and has copious photos demonstrating the different stretches. I'm well into my 40s and the exercises have helped me to become a lot more flexible and to be strong in that newly extended range of movement.
Buy it.... that's all I can say.
As an instructor, I feel that I need to be able to demonstrate techniques as best as I possibly can to give my students something to aim for and show them correctly executed kicks.
Compared to most people I would say I'm more flexible than an average bloke, but I've never been able to come within 10 inches of a side split.
So I decided to give this book a whirl and see if I can go beyond what I thought was possible (for me).
This book is clear - it doesn't baffle you with science and it's easy to apply the ideas and exercises within. It also dispels a lot of myths about stretching.
I've only had this book for a week and have only used it twice, but I'm already beginning to feel a difference.
I'm only using 4 exercises in the book - 1 for my shoulders (need to look after my rotator cuffs), 1 for my hamstrings, 1 for my hip flexors and 1 for my groin/adductors.
The sorenes that I used to experience the day after stretching is now minimal at the most. I've also noticed that I can display my current range of motion after about 15-20 minutes (not including a 5 minute general warm up). In the past this has taken me about 45 minutes to 1 hour of relaxed stretching. It has also confirmed a theory of mine that strength and stretching need to be combined in order to bring about the best results.
It's still very early on to say what effect this will have on my flexibility. However, I'm confident that I'm on the right track.
If I remember, I'll give an update in 6 months if I make progress.
The reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because of the aggressive marketing in the back of the book. Although I do understand Pavel has bills to pay like everyone else. It's just a little to gimmicky for me that's all.
I worked as a personal trainer, worked with some of the top guys in martial arts and personal training to find the answer of how to increase my flexibility. All these guys helped to an extent but this book has provided the knowledge to stretch further in 5 days than in all the months of practicing Yoga, dynamic stretching or doing traditional stretches. I went from having tight hamstrings and barely getting hands past my knees when doing the toe touching stretch to putting my hands flat down on the floor in the space of 5 days. Incredible.
After spending thousands of pounds and countless hours I am glad here and the full splits is finally in my sights.
His kettlebell excerises are very good for the back,shoulders and hamstrings, although you should ignore his advice about not warming up beforehand (I've injured my shoulders by not warming up).
As for "Super Joints" and "Relax into Stretch", I found them hugely disappointing. "Relax Into Stretch" relies largely on one technique and then proceeds to describe stretching exercises that you'll find in many other books,probably at a lower price. In summary-use his kettlebell techniques (with caution) and ignore the rest.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. Most of the stretches are the same you learn in yoga. If you are wanting to lengthen your muscles read this in conjunction with yoga classes, you'll understand it more... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kellie mcloughlin
I bought this book with enter the kettlebell. I need to gain experience in my lifts before moving onto this book. But looks goodPublished 16 months ago by Robbo
Good straight forward advice with plenty of photos to help you along the way, Pavel puts his instruction in a nice simple mannerPublished 19 months ago by Dave Roberts