Stretching: 30th Anniversary Edition

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This is the book that people tell their friends about, that trainers suggest for virtually every sport and activity, and that medical professionals recommend to people just starting to get back in shape. Stretching first appeared in 1980 as a new generation of Americans became committed to running, cycling, aerobic training, and workouts in the gym ? all of which are commonplace now.

It features stretching routines specific to a variety of people, including sports enthusiasts, ...

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Overview


This is the book that people tell their friends about, that trainers suggest for virtually every sport and activity, and that medical professionals recommend to people just starting to get back in shape. Stretching first appeared in 1980 as a new generation of Americans became committed to running, cycling, aerobic training, and workouts in the gym — all of which are commonplace now.

It features stretching routines specific to a variety of people, including sports enthusiasts, travelers, children, gardeners, and people in wheelchairs. There is also an abbreviated version of each routine for people in a hurry, new information on the stretching vs. warming up debate, and new and improved drawings. This 30th anniversary edition features two-color inks to better define the muscle groups helped by each stretching exercise. A new section focuses on office fitness exercises, helpful for both home and office computer users.

"...teaches the right way to stretch with over 1,000 clear drawings and more than 200 stretches...includes stretching routines for 36 sports and activities."

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Every stretch you will ever need… –Rocky Mountain News

The field's pioneer work… –Athletic Journal

…a bible of the stretching gospel –Washington Post

Stretching can get the beginner started and keep the hard core fitness addict in shape. –Jackson Daily News

Carol Krucoff
...[The] bible of the stretching gospel. -- The Washington Post
Athletic Journal
The field's pioneer work.
Jackson Daily News
Truly a total fitness book, Stretching can get the beginner started and keep the hard-core physical fitness addict in shape.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936070469
  • Publisher: Shelter Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Edition description: 30th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 30
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 60,437
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Bob Anderson is the world’s most popular stretching authority. For over 35 years, Bob has taught millions of people his simple approach to stretching.

Bob and his wife Jean first published a home-made version of Stretching in a garage in southern California in 1975. The drawings were done by Jean, based on photos she took of Bob doing the stretches. This book was modified and published by Shelter Publications in 1980 for general bookstore distribution and is now known by lay people as well as medical professionals as the most user-friendly book on the subject. To date it has sold over 3 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 23 languages.

Bob is fit and healthy these days, but it wasn’t always so. In 1968, he was overweight (190 pounds — at 5'9") and out of shape. He began a personal fitness program that got him down to 135 pounds. Yet one day, while in a physical conditioning class in college, he found he couldn’t reach much past his knees in a straight-legged sitting position. So Bob started stretching. He found he soon felt better and that stretching made his running and cycling easier.

The American fitness boom was just starting, and the millions of people who started working out were discovering the importance of flexibility in their fitness programs. After several years of exercising and stretching with Jean and a small group of friends, Bob gradually developed a method of stretching that could be taught to anyone. Soon he was teaching his technique to others. He began with professional sports teams: the Denver Broncos, the California (now Anaheim) Angels, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the New York Jets. He also worked with college teams at Nebraska, UC Berkeley, Washington State, and Southern Methodist University, as well as other amateur and Olympic athletes in a variety of sports. He traveled around the country for years, teaching stretching to people at sports medicine clinics, athletic clubs, and running camps.

In the 1980s, Bob was a serious mountain runner and road biker. For ten years in a row he ran the Catalina Island Marathon in southern California, the 18-mile Imogene Pass run in Telluride, Colorado (which goes up over a 13,000-foot-high ridge), and the Pike’s Peak Marathon. These days Bob spends most of his workout time on a mountain bike and hiking in the mountains above his house in Colorado, often going for 3–5 hour bike rides in the mountains, with occasional trips to Nevada. Though Bob works out a lot, he knows that training like this is not necessary for the average person to be fit. Through his travels, lectures, and workshops, he’s kept in constant touch with people in all degrees of physical condition.

Jean Anderson has a B.A. in art from California State University at Long Beach. She began running and cycling (and stretching) with Bob in 1970. She developed a system of shooting photos of Bob doing the stretches, then making clear ink drawings of each stretch position. Jean was photographer, illustrator, typesetter, and editor of the first homemade edition of Stretching. These days she oversees Stretching Inc.’s mail-order business, and hikes and cycles to stay in shape.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    A very flexible book.

    I liked this book on stretching for several reasons. The first is its simplicity. The pictures and instructions are very straightforward, making it quite easy to do basic stretches. Stretches are given for just about every muscle and limb you'd ever want to stretch and the author has even included some suggested stretching routines for various sports. Whether you're a competetive athlete, business person or housewife, I feel that this is book will have something to offer everyone making it a very handy and "flexible" book. Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff for anyone looking for more specific rotator cuff and shoulder stretches.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    A great book- and I'm not stretching the truth!

    It's greatness as a user friendly book lies in its simplicity. I can't really see anyone having trouble following the stretches that are shown through great pictures. Likely the only book on stretching you'll ever need.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    Exceptional Book on Stretching. A Classic.

    This is the book on stretching. It is easy to read and filled with various important stretches for people who do or do not perform sports. If you have to buy one book on stretching this should be it. Something many people do not know about stretching is that you need to RELAX your muscles which allows them to be more flexible. Many people simultaneously tighten muscles as they stretch and that is counterproductive. See EFFORTLESS WELLBEING by Evan Finer to help with getting supple in mind and body, a great compliment to this classic book.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    A very flexible book.

    I liked this book on stretching for several reasons. The first is its simplicity. The pictures and instructions are very straightforward making it quite easy to do basic stretches. Stretches are given for just about every muscle and limb you'd ever want to stretch and the author has even included some suggested stretching routines for various sports. Whether you're a competetive athlete, businessperson or housewife, I feel that this is book will have something to offer everyone making it a very handy and "flexible" book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    Wonderful addition to your workout routine

    I have had trouble with my back through the years and then my Dr. recommended this book/dvd for everyday use. I have integrated it into my workout and find that the stretching eases my tightness and therefore strain and pain. Additionally, the 80's look and feel makes me smile :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    Recommend

    Great instruction and visuals.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Permanent Library

    Useful, Easy,and Educational for everyone who wants to improve their health and feel a sense of well-being.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Stretching is good for you.

    This is a great book on stretching exercises for anyone, of any age. Young and old and everywhere in between, you will find the perfect exercise for you. I initially borrowed it from a co-worker to find some new stretching exercises to do before my workout, but I found it so useful that I bought a copy for myself. Even my daughter in college finds it helpful, showing her new stretching exercises she can do before her workout.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2009

    Excellent Book

    This is my 3rd copy of this book because the others grew legs and walked. But this book is very informative, and has actually helped and inspired me to want to start stretching again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    great tool

    stretches for anything and everything you can think of...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

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    Stretching made easy

    From the introduction of this informative book to the very end, this book truly gives the anyone not just beginners the 101 on stretching. Tells the reader how to stretch while keeping the opposing muscle in mind. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a better, limber life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

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    If you are NOT stretching you will be Sorry.

    Maximize your performance and eliminate down time caused by injuries. Be consistent and your rewards will be worthwhile. This book makes it easy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2000

    Stretching made easy.

    Streatching is a wounderful book. It teaches one how to streatch properly, and without pain. I also like the great illustration, which enables individuals to easily learn how to do many types of stretches. This book also covers streatches for many different activities. I highly reccomend this book for people who would like to learn about all aspects of stretching.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Highly recommend

    It is a book you will keep for a lifetime, helping you to understand how to stretch various parts of your body. It is the kind of the thing physical therapists count on to develop the right stretching for their clients

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2000

    Everything in this book is wrong. Check out Beyond Stretching to find out why.

    This book is about relaxed stretching. Americans have been using this method of stretching for years,but there is a better way. Check out Beyond Stretching by Pavel Tsatsouline, a much more knowledgeable man. Your muscles already have enough length to do the splits, your body just doesn't know it yet. You must reeducate your nervous system into believing that it's safe to move into a new range of motion. Pavel's book explains how relaxed stretching messes with the stretch reflex and how dynamic, plyometric, and shutdown threshold isometric flexibility training is much safer.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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