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The Genius of Flexibility: The Smart Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Body
     

The Genius of Flexibility: The Smart Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Body

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by Robert Donald Cooley
 

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Stretches for sixteen unique muscle groups with physiological and psychological benefits.

The Technique: RESISTANCE STRETCHING® offers immediate, cumulative, and permanent increases in flexibility, takes the pain out of stretching, and protects you from injuring yourself by overstretching.

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Stretches for sixteen unique muscle groups with physiological and psychological benefits.

The Technique: RESISTANCE STRETCHING® offers immediate, cumulative, and permanent increases in flexibility, takes the pain out of stretching, and protects you from injuring yourself by overstretching.

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Publishers Weekly
After a life-threatening accident, Cooley developed a series of 16 resistance stretches that he says gave his body a degree of flexibility that far surpassed his pre-accident levels. Cooley explains that program here, organizing the stretches into four difficulty levels and addressing personality traits, since, he says, stretching certain muscles can affect nonphysical areas in one's life. Once he used the program to heal himself, Cooley began to work with professional athletes and others suffering from injuries, including Olympic gold medal swimmer Dara Torres. While these athletes' testimonies and Cooley's own enthusiasm for his subject are inspiring, the principles he describes will be familiar-and hardly groundbreaking-to yoga students. Cooley's more direct approach and language, however, will appeal to those who find cues in yoga class too subtle or unclear. The chapter on adjusting the intensity level of stretches for maximum benefit without overstretching will be particularly useful, as will the charts listing physiological, spiritual, emotional and psychological concerns and associated stretches; organic meal plans; and an extensive resource list. 170 b&w photos. Agent, Michael Broussard. (Sept. 6) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
These books offer self-guided exercises designed to increase strength and flexibility and address differing levels of physical fitness and athletic ability. Lyon, a Pilates instructor based in New York City, aims to dispel the myth that Pilates is only for women; his clear, organized text explains and illustrates 40 traditional mat exercises and 60 reformer-on-the-mat exercises for men. (Reformer refers to an apparatus commonly found in Pilates studios.) The Pilates philosophy recognizes an integral connection between the mind and the body and focuses on the strongest part of the body-the abdomen or "core" from which all movements derive. These routines, according to Lyon, are supposed to be natural for our bodies, and their practice should increase strength, coordination, and confidence. Cooley, founder of the California-based Meridian Stretching Centers, has trained professional athletes with his program of 16 "magic" stretching exercises that are linked to the body's "meridians," or energy pathways identified in traditional Chinese medicine. Unlike conventional stretching, these exercises employ resistance. A total of 64 stretch movements are presented in workouts at four different levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and assisted advanced. Each exercise is clearly explained and accompanied by photographs. However, Cooley makes fervent claims about the psychological benefits of his regimen: the Seated Lotus Opener exercise, for example, is supposed to "help to give you greater understanding and confidence, and a better sense of humor." Lyon's book, though comparatively conservative, is inspiring nonetheless and will probably find a larger audience; recommended for public and academic libraries. Larger health collections with a New Age emphasis may find room for Cooley's manual.-Deborah Anne Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Dunwoody Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"The best trainers in the world have put their hands on me from Sweden to Japan. And nobody knows what Bob knows."

— Charles Austin, 1996 Olympic Gold Medal High Jumper

"It is my strong impression that you have uncovered an entirely new discipline of healthcare."

— Dr. Joseph Mercola

"Without the flexibility training that Bob developed for me, I could have never accomplished the five Olympic medals I won in Sydney....I also know that Bob's program single-handedly developed me psychologically in very specific ways. With this mental edge, I felt unbelievable. There was no part of me that wasn't improved....What he has figured out about stretching no one knows yet. The world will give Bob the Gold."

— Dara Torres, Olympic Gold Medalist

"I do not think that I could have made my fourth Olympic Team without Bob's help. Thank you, Bob, for allowing me to feel and perform better than I ever thought possible."

— Eric Flaim, four-time Olympic Speed Skater

What Bob has created is not a trend — it will change the way the world will exercise forever!"

— Joni Evans, Senior Vice President, William Morris Agency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439188798
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
360,598
File size:
12 MB
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The Genius of Flexibility: The Smart Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Body 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The smart way to stretch. The use of resistance into stretching is not a new concept by far but Genius of flexbility shows you how to do it and do it right the first time. I enjoyed the first half of the book and the methods of stretching. The second half of the book explories the asian thoughts on body energy and balancing out your medrian channels. Very new age thinking that stretching out your body parts will help with your health issues. Keeping an open mind and getting past the new age concepts you can benefit from learning new stretches and revisit old ones that you haven't done in a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Bob Cooley's book and have tried all the stretches. He's right. When you do his specific stretches and add the resistance, it has amazing effects of relieving tension and making you feel great! I feel so centered and in control afterward. The book is a real bargain, jammed with information, and the stretches are easy to do with great instructions and photos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I guarantee that no one would ever think that stretching could really do all of this for people - but it can and it does! You have to see for yourself. Give yourself a better life - buy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suits the entire population especially with the current health care issues. Each household should be given a copy of this book if they don't already have one. Caring for ones health is a sole responsibility and need not involve government intervention. Reading this book and following its suggestions will help achieve this.
aikitroy More than 1 year ago
Stuff in in here pretty good,it just like Pavel Tsatsouline book on stretching.I like the drills in Pavel book better maybe I just know them so well,this book more informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
but ive never been flexible and i thik im going 2 do it next year and im a tween. Will this book help?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book on keeping your body flexible! For everyone!!
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