The Wharton's Stretch Book

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Whether you're a serious competitor or weekend warrior, you know that proper stretching before and after your workout can improve your performance, increase your flexibility, help prevent injury, and make you feel better. But did you know that the traditional way of stretching -- lock your knees, bounce, hold, hurt, hold longer -- actually makes muscles tighter and more prone to injury?

There's a new and better way to stretch: Active-Isolated Stretching. And with The Whartons' ...

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Overview

Whether you're a serious competitor or weekend warrior, you know that proper stretching before and after your workout can improve your performance, increase your flexibility, help prevent injury, and make you feel better. But did you know that the traditional way of stretching -- lock your knees, bounce, hold, hurt, hold longer -- actually makes muscles tighter and more prone to injury?

There's a new and better way to stretch: Active-Isolated Stretching. And with The Whartons' Stretch Book,  the method used successfully by scores of professional, amateur, and Olympic athletes is now available to everyone.

This groundbreaking technique, developed by researchers, coaches, and trainers, and pioneered by Jim and Phil Wharton, is your new exercise prescription. The routine is simple: First, you prepare to stretch one isolated muscle at a time. Then you actively contract the muscle opposite the isolated muscle, which will then relax in preparation for its stretch. You stretch it gently and quickly -- for no more than two seconds -- and release it before it goes into its protective contraction. Then you repeat. Simple, but the results are outstanding. The Whartons' Stretch Book explains it all.

Part I contains the Active-Isolated Stretch Catalog, with fully illustrated, easy-to-follow stretches for each of five body zones, from neck and shoulders to trunk, arms, and legs -- over fifty stretches in all. Part II offers specific stretching prescriptions for over fifty-five sports and activities, from running, tennis, track, and aerobics to skiing, skating, and swimming. You'll also find advice on stretching for daily activities such as driving, working at a desk, lifting, and keyboarding. Part III discusses stretching for life, with specific recommendations for expectant mothers and older athletes. It also includes specific stretching exercises that could help you avoid unnecessary surgery.

Give Active-Isolated Stretching a try for three weeks. You'll never go back to your old stretching routines again.

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Library Journal
This humorously written, nonscientific book is directed at both amateur and professional athletes. The authors describe their "breakthrough method" of Active-Isolated Stretching. The premise is that quick contractions of the muscle opposite the desired muscle will greatly boost athletic or occupational performance. The 20-minute routine is divided into five body zones. Each stretch is held for only two seconds. A minimal time commitment is required for a large payoff in terms of greater flexibility, fewer injuries, and delayed aging. The second part of the book is indexed by sport and occupation and directs the reader to specific stretches that should be performed for each activity. There is also a section on stretching during pregnancy and stretching for seniors. Recommended for large fitness collections.Goldman Horning, Lawrenceville, Ga.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812926231
  • Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 251,345
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Wharton, an exercise physiologist known as "The Mechanic" (for his ability to finely tune athletes), and his son, Phil, a competitive long-distance runner, are the President and Vice President of Maximum Performance International. Their Active-Isolated Stretching technique is taught in fitness centers and clinics around the world. The Whartons are internationally-known personal trainers who have worked with luminaries in the sports world, from professional football players to Olympic gold medalists.
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  • Posted December 28, 2011

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    Highly recommended

    As a fitness professional, I can say that this book is an invaluable tool to aid a person in their pursuit of optimal fitness. I've been in the business of fitness for 28 years and owned this book 3 times, repurchasing to replace copies I loaned out and were never returned.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2003

    theoretically great, but illustrated less than...

    i felt the book was theoretically great, but poorly illustrated in its execution. as a massage therapy student, i'd hoped the book would help me greatly, but felt held back by the lack of 3-D illustration i could better follow. where's the video? justjeff@hotmail.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2001

    This book solved my chronic back problems

    I was recommended to read this book by a physical therapist after years of back problems. After following the program in this book, I'm free of pain for the first time in 15 years. Commonsense, easy to follow.

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