Stretching Scientifically: A Guide to Flexibility Training
* How to stretch safely and quickly to achieve and maintain your maximum flexibility
* How to make your muscles grow stronger and longer so you stay flexible all the time
* How to do splits even if you are over 40 or 50
* How to kick high and do splits with n
- Static stretching before a work is bad (knew this, but science confirms)
- Stretching with a partner is a bad idea - you need the strength to stretch yourself to be safe.
- Isometric stretching (which I've never tried) is the fastest way to splits-with-no-warmup, but still need dynamic and static active for other types.
The end result is I've ...more
## About the book
The author, Thomas Kurz is a Polish trainer. His style of writing is very direct and to the point, and mak ...more
I liked the book and its system. After teaching the streching terminology, Kurz gives examples of all types of strech for every muscle and joint. Every step of the way, he points out he approved methods, alternatives and what specifically worked for him. With references to lots and lots of studies of course. After all it's streching scientifically, remember?
Explaining body movements with a text is often a hard job ...more
Some parts were probably good but not for me. I don't really do one sport over and over. (biking I guess, but the main message I got was "biking will make you less flexible." ...more
I enjoy yoga and would like to get more out of that by improving my flexibility.
I tentatively award it 4 stars (vs 3) for its ability to deliver its point concisely and effectively.
The book begins with a short primer on the anatomical principles that underpin stretching before launching into subsequent sections on each type of stretching.
The core chunk of the content is populated with illustrated explanations of various stretches arranged per stretching type with th ...more
★★ - Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
★★★ - Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
★★★★ - Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
It's been extremely helpful for me. And it comes with routines to help you improve flexibility.