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Stretching: 30th Anniversary Edition
     

Stretching: 30th Anniversary Edition

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by Bob Anderson, Jean Anderson (Illustrator)
 

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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 —

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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, 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780936070469
Publisher:
Shelter Publications, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Edition description:
30th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
42,274
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.60(d)

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What People are Saying About This

Robert Swearingen, M.D.
[Stretching] still remains my second or third most common prescription...in most all orthopedic problems I face, particularly backs...
Richard Keelor, M.D.
I use the book regularly and find it an extremely valuable resource.
John H. Bland
I am advising it a good deal among young athletes and runners, particularly young people with various rheumatic diseases.

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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Stretching 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
redrockgrp More than 1 year ago
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 :)
l_he-m More than 1 year ago
Great instruction and visuals.
PenngroveChic More than 1 year ago
Useful, Easy,and Educational for everyone who wants to improve their health and feel a sense of well-being.
DrLouNY More than 1 year ago
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