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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    Stretching - Natural and Necessary

    If you think stretching is a natural, simple activity, you are correct. If you think you do not need training to stretch safely and effectively, think again.

    In Delavier's Stretching Anatomy, Frédéric Delavier, Jean-Pierre Clémenceau, and Michael Gundill provides us with 130-plus exercises that will increase flexibility, agility, and toning. This means you will move better, look better, and perform better in leisure or professional physical activities. It also means you will be less likely to injure yourself by tearing muscles or falling due to your body's inability to keep you in balance and recover from uneven steps, floors, or ground. If your body is accustomed to proper stretching, it will serve your better and enhance every aspect of your life.

    Once again, Human Kinetics has chosen top author, photographers, and illustrators to produce a physical fitness book that is among the best in its field. The photographs and illustrations will impress you with their beauty and efficiency. No guessing which muscle or muscle group is effected by a particular exercise or set of exercises. No wondering how the muscles are connected and work with your bones and tendons. It is all there in beautiful detail. The writing is clear and succinct. No wading through unnecessary commentary. You are told what you need to know: how to do the exercise and what to avoid. There are hints for increasing your effectiveness and for avoiding injury.

    For example, you will learn that why wearing shoes is important during stretching, why you are shorter in the evening than in the morning, and even why it is important to make sure your hands are held in various positions for different exercises.

    As with all exercise programs, and stretching is exercising, you do need to check with your physician and physical therapist, particularly if you have been injured or had major surgery. For instance,some of the hip and buttocks stretches may not be suitable for everyone, particularly people who have had hip replacements. That said, this book is designed to help prevent injury whether you engage in sports or just move throughout your normal daily routines.

    However, if you do engage in sports, the authors have tailored specific programs for you at the end of the book. Delavier's Stretching Anatomy will help you enhance your performance in any of 13 sports as well as empower both athletes and non-athletes reduce stress and improve the tone and movement of their bodies. This is user-friendly book that will give you the sense of having a highly-skilled trainer at your beck and call. I highly recommend it and thank Library Thing for the opportunity to use and review it. I can honestly say I am feeling better already because of the information I've gleaned from this book. I think you will benefit from it as well.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    The Human Body - Revealed!

    I love Delavier's books and own both "Strength Training Anatomy" and "Strength Training Anatomy for Women." "Stretching Anatomy" is just as useful as the strength training books. The key to the success of these books is the detailed anatomical drawings of the human body, without skin, used to explain the effect of exercises and stretches on specific muscles. Any stretching or exercise is easier and better if you understand the hows and whys. These books are prescriptions for achieving results. For example, the section on the back (meaning the spine), depicts and explains reasons for lower back pain, how to prevent it, and how to relax the back with various stretches. Delavier uses the correct (Latin) names for the muscles, with anatomical diagrams and color photos to illustrate each movement. Both male and female models demonstrate the stretches. In addition to basic positions, many of the stretches have advanced and very advanced positions. Delavier includes "WARNING!" where needed to explain possible negative effects. For instance, the section on necks states, in part: "Warning! Since the cervical vertebrae are small but have great mobility, it is easy to injure them. . . " "Stretching Anatomy" is very complete. The first section, "A User's Manual" explains the reasons for stretching, types of stretches, breathing, and stretching for athletes. The next section describes the stretches for all parts of the body. Devalier concludes with stretching programs for all levels: beginners, intermediates, and advanced. Then, he covers stretching programs for various sports: golf, running, soccer, skating, skiing, combat sports, cycling, throwing sports, horseback riding, swimming and bodybuilding. Don't be scared by the intro section with the photo of a women who could be a contortionist in Cirque du Soleil. "Stretching Anatomy" is useful for people at all levels of fitness. We all need to stretch.

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