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Get an inside view of the muscles in action during every stretch you perform!

Delavier’s Stretching Anatomy is your guide for increasing flexibility, improving range of motion, toning muscles, and relieving pain and discomfort. The very best stretches for shoulders, chest, arms, torso, back, hips, and legs are all here, and all in the stunning detail that only Frédéric Delavier can provide.

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Get an inside view of the muscles in action during every stretch you perform!

Delavier’s Stretching Anatomy is your guide for increasing flexibility, improving range of motion, toning muscles, and relieving pain and discomfort. The very best stretches for shoulders, chest, arms, torso, back, hips, and legs are all here, and all in the stunning detail that only Frédéric Delavier can provide.

With over 550 full-color photos and illustrations, you’ll go inside more than 130 exercises to see how muscles interact with surrounding joints and skeletal structures and learn how variations, progressions, and sequencing can affect muscle recruitment, the underlying structures, and ultimately the results.

Delavier’s Stretching Anatomy includes 13 proven programs for increasing muscle tone, releasing tension and stress, and optimizing training and performance in 13 sports, including running, cycling, basketball, soccer, golf, and track and field.The former editor in chief of PowerMag in France, author and illustrator Frédéric Delavier is a journalist for Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to Men’s Health Germany and several other strength publications. His previous publications, Strength Training Anatomy and Women’s Strength Training Anatomy, have sold more than 2 million copies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781450413985
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/10/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 231,326
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Frédéric Delavier is a gifted artist with an exceptional knowledge of human anatomy. He studied morphology and anatomy for five years at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied dissection for three years at the Paris Faculté de Médecine.

The former editor in chief of the French magazine PowerMag, Delavier is currently a journalist for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to several other muscle publications, including Men's Health Germany. He is the author of the best-selling Strength Training Anatomy, Women’s Strength Training Anatomy, The Strength Training Anatomy Workout, and Delavier's Core Training Anatomy.

Delavier won the French powerlifting title in 1988 and makes annual presentations on the sport applications of biomechanics at conferences in Switzerland. His teaching efforts have earned him the Grand Prix de Techniques et de Pédagogie Sportive. Delavier lives in Paris, France.

Jean-Pierre Clémenceau is a fitness coach to the stars and has trained numerous French celebrities using an approach based on positioning and breathing. Clémenceau has worked with legendary actresses including an Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (Chocolat, The English Patient, Three Colors: Blue, The Unbearable Lightness of Being), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia, The Science of Sleep, I'm Not There, 21 Grams, Elektra recording artist), Emmanuelle Béart (Mission: Impossible, Don Juan, Manon of the Spring), and Jane Birkin (Blow-Up, recording artist, muse to musicians John Barry & Serge Gainsbourg, and namesake for the Hermès Birkin bag). He is the author of over 15 health and fitness books as well as numerous exercise DVDs. He has a background in yoga, shiatsu, and reiki.

Michael Gundill has written 13 books on strength training, sport nutrition, and health including co-authoring The Strength Training Anatomy Workout. His books have been translated into multiple languages, and he has written over 500 articles for bodybuilding and fitness magazines worldwide, including Iron Man and Dirty Dieting. In 1998 he won the Article of the Year Award at the Fourth Academy of Bodybuilding Fitness & Sports Awards in California.

Gundill started weightlifting in 1983 in order to improve his rowing performance. Most of his training years were spent completing specific lifting programs in his home. As he gained muscle and refined his program, he began to learn more about physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics and started studying those subjects in medical journals. Since 1995 he has been writing about his discoveries in various bodybuilding and fitness magazines all over the world.

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Table of Contents


Why Stretching?

Exercises That Reconnect You With Your Body


A Natural Method Based On How Your Body Feels, Not How Hard You Push

Benefits of Stretching

Stretching: A Gentle Form of Exercise

Types of Stretching

Structuring a Stretching Program

Learn How to Breathe!

For Effective Breathing.

Inhaling and Exhaling

Breathe Deeply, but Find a Natural Rhythm

Active Breathing

External Breathing

Pulmonary Breathing

Why Athletes Should Stretch

Stretching Has Five Benefits for Athletes

Too Much Flexibility Can Diminish Performance

Athletes Have Four Opportunities to Stretch.

How an Athlete Should Stretch

Breathing During Stretching .

Stretching Unilaterally

Stretching to Prevent Problems Associated With Sports


Neck Stretches

Stretches for the Shoulders and Chest Muscles

To Prevent Shoulder Pain, Stretch the Infraspinatus

Preventing Shoulder Pain in Athletes

How to Protect the Infraspinatus

Stretches for the Arms and Forearms

Stretches for the Lateral Flexor Muscles in the Torso

Stretches for the Rotator Muscles in the Torso

Stretches to Relax the Back.

Preventing Lower Back Pain

Relaxing the Spinal Column

Stretching the Hips

Importance of Hip Flexibility

Stretching the Buttocks

Stretching the Quadriceps

Hamstring Stretches

Preventing Hamstring Tears

Adductor Stretches

Calf Stretches


Stretching Programs for Better Muscle Tone and Well-Being

Beginner Program

Intermediate Program

Advanced Program

Stretching Programs for Athletes

Guidelines on Programs

Basic Athletic Program

Program for Golf and Sports Involving Torso Rotation

Program for Running Sports, Soccer, and Skating

Skiing Program

Program for Combat Sports

Cycling Program

Program for Throwing Sports (Shot Put, Basketball, and Handball)

Horseback Riding Program

Swimming Program.

Bodybuilding Program

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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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