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A good introduction to stretching and flexibility! Good progressions of stretches ... Not an Extreme Flexibility book though!
on 2 March 2014
If you are looking for a guide to take you to extreme levels of flexibility, although you could get there with this book, it isn't aimed at your people. Instead it is aimed at the people you'd expect, those training in extreme calisthenics who also need to add in some flexibility training ... sort of like the title implies!
It was only the day after reading one of Al’s other books that I purchased this book. Although I have a fairly good idea about stretching from my martial arts background I had learnt so much from his previous book so I wondered if perhaps he had some other gems in this book. It was Al’s progressive approach to bodyweight exercise which I hoped he also did in this other book was what attracted me mainly to the book.
What’s the big deal about these progressions anyway?
Well if you have ever attempted to do an exercise or stretch that is way beyond you and had that horrible moment where you realise you don’t stand a chance … progressions is how you get from where you are now to where you want to be, be that full splits or human flag!
Well out with it man, did Al disappoint?
Did he hell as like! As suspected this book takes some rather difficult stretches and breaks them down into easier stretches that you can slowly work your way up through … a dream come true!
Although this review is a little premature, having not implemented Al’s stretching routines into my life yet (A detox and alchemy course are currently in the way, but soon!) I am certain they are going to be a great help in helping me work through different areas of my body.
That was another thing, there were stretches of the body in here that I had never really done before, and some I had been doing slightly wrong. Knowing where to feel the pull and having a better idea what stretch is easier or one harder really helps when you are stretching.
Yes, before you ask at the end of the book there are some sample workouts which you can start out with but as in normal Al style he wants you to experiment and change it up and most of all keep it fun.
Another factor is keeping your mind on the stretch, and although I 100% agree with this and find it really helpful I am also a believer in passive stretching, which isn’t a topic covered in this book which is perfectly fine. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with getting into a position and relaxing into it over a period of time, perhaps sit in a stretch whilst watching your favourite TV show or Film. Find it too hard to sit in one position for an hour or more, well then mix it up, either in time with adverts (which if you are in some countries it basically every 5th minute it seems).
All in all this book is a good read, and definitely one for reference for many years to come! 5 Stars Al and well deserved.
Check out Al’s YouTube channel too, if I recall there is a video on it of him performing some stretches!