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Product details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Australia) (Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743200691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743200691
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,512,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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i'm well known for being incredibly inflexible. and after the last few sports injuries i decided it was time to look into my lack of flexibility as maybe one of the causes.

i cant remember where i read a rave review of this book, but i decided i had to have it. and after receiving the book and reading the introduction i realized i wouldnt be disappointed. firstly because Kit is a complete geek - it seems all he ever thinks about is stretching. Secondly, he's been really inflexible before as well so he understands what it's like.

I've been doing the exercises now for two months (every second day or so), and i've made basic flexibility gains that i never thought possible. the great thing is that the exercises are graduated, and there is a real emphasis on safety - which is great as i always have a tendency to injure myself when taking up new exercises.

the one side effect i didnt expect was the calmness that these exercises have brought. i feel much more dynamic and effective at work, and able to focus for much longer periods of time. i am generally much more in tune with how my body is feeling, and if there is any stress/tension, i just stretch it out.

I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Nov. 2004
By Objectivo - Published on Amazon.com
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Not only an excellent book on stretching but an even better template on what a "how to" guide should include: photographs (from different angles), thorough explanations, without filler. It includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced in one volume, rather than "spreading" them across three or four books. That, to me, demonstrates a great deal of integrity on the authors' part. There are partner exercises as well as individual exercises for each muscle group. I would place Stuart McRobert's Insider's Guide to Weight Training in the same category. Solid, user friendly, and thorough work.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Stretching Book Ever 8 Feb. 2007
By S. Ames - Published on Amazon.com
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Kit Laughlin has produced the best stretching book ever. From a clear and understandable discussion about stretching through a well layed out structure and progression of stretches for your entire body. Wonderful.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 14 Aug. 2003
By Ann Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book with challenging stretchs. Only one problem, the book had so many stretchs that you would have to have a while to get all of them done. Good for anyone who wants to increase flexibilty.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective Stretch Will Change Your Life 9 Dec. 2012
By Passionate Therapist - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with the author that emotional strength is based on physical flexibility. I have been dabbling in stretch for years, as part of my bodywork. I achieved temporary effects, but very little cumulative. But these techniques explained by Laughlin are effective at producing a lasting change. The essential element is the contraction release. It seems that contracting a muscle at the current 'edge' of its length somehow not only allows a deeper stretch in the moment, but also seems to 'reset' the nervous system's idea of what is the correct resting length of the muscle should be. One is no longer fighting one's own body but changing it! Although I was not expecting increased strength, that happened also. It seems that the isometric contraction element of these stretches strengthens the nerve function which is the real key to gaining strength.

I also enjoy the elaborate thinking that has gone into each stretch that allows the participant to isolate the muscle and keep the proper form. Once one learns the stretches, they are very quick to set up, but in the beginning all the extra instructions are essential in ensuring that the stretch is not defeated by an unwanted compensation or misalignment elsewhere in the body. Just going to a yoga class or Pilates mat class will not provide the benefit these stretches do because the postures are too uncontrolled and the typical western stiff body doesn't really achieve the 'guts' of the pose. This book however, is truly a remedial approach that expects the participant to have a very limited range of motion to begin with. Just to read the material, the techniques do not sound impressive, but when one actually does the stretches, the genius is revealed.

After a good session, the blissful feeling lasts for hours. I have made great progress in just three months. Though the author only touches on this briefly, a prominent effect that many readers may not be anticipating is an increased calm and poise that enters one life. By resetting muscle through resetting muscle length, the arousal and defensive parts of the nervous system become themselves more flexible and less reactive. A partner is not essential, but an enhancement, perhaps emotionally as well as mechanically. I notice also that the author has generously placed many demonstration videos on youtube.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This method works 16 Aug. 2010
By Steak bomb - Published on Amazon.com
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I am in good shape. I prune and remove trees for a living; plus I have spent some time in a weight room, but I am as stiff as the tin man. Always have been and no amount of stretching or effort has ever helped. I even took kick boxing lessons to try and limber up and all I ended up doing was kicking everyone in the nether regions. This books procedures have made an instant noticable difference. I still cant get a job at the circus but I can tie my shoes without grunting now. All that and I am only half way through the book! I have been into fitness for a while now and thought I new all the stretches, but there are a lot of very effective stretches I have never seen before. Most of what is in the book actualy I have never seen. Simpler variations maybe but not this stuff. I wish I could take one of their classes. The pictures are numerous and clear but kinda 80's ish .
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