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The Whartons' Stretch Book: Featuring the Breakthrough Method of Active-Isolated Stretching

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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 pr ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 9th 1996 by Harmony
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Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can use keyboards without pain because of this book.
This book explains the reasons for several, if not all, repetitive stress injuries.
Before I found this book I could no longer play my synthesizer because I had
overworked myself to the point where I would experience throbbing pain for
two weeks or so, after playing for just ten minutes. It was a nightmare.
After reading the sections of this book that applied to me, I started doing the
exercises every day.

I can't remember exactly how long i
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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This is about active stretching (flexing one muscle while stretching another) not dynamic stretching.
This could use better pictures/explanations
Kathleen Basi
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is not a book you read and are done with; it's a reference book that I expect to get steadily more dog-eared as time passes. The Whartons' method of stretching is called "active isolated," which means you stretch one muscle at a time by flexing the opposing muscle--and instead of doing long, intense stretches, you do multiple reps at 2 seconds each. This prevents the muscles from going into their instinctive protective reactions and makes them much more effective.

I have been using various s
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book gives very detailed level of stretching of the muscles present in the body. Good part is that the stretches are very well categorized based on your sport e.g. Running, tennis blah blah and even sedentary lifestyle. Bad part is that in some cases its hard to follow the instructions to stretch. Overall, a very good book if you are fitness enthusiasts and care about minute details of your muscles.
Joyce Calkins
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this logical, techniques of stretching. Already practiced some on my Bach. Good results. Looking forward to more.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first bought this book in 2002 as a set of 3 of their books. It impressed me even before I bought it.

With my wife recovering from surgery, I dug it out to look at it again. It took 4 months of looking to find the book. Once I looked inside it, I remembered that for some of the exercises greater clarity would be nice. In checking Amazon, I hoped there would be a newer edition. Even though it is not a second edition, I bought the Kindle for convenience. The price was low enough that it will be
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent how-to book for stretching all muscles of the body. The Whartons worked with the Olympic athletes of the Lake Placid games. This book is an excellent guide for all people who need to stretch their muscles for flexibility and strength. Injury prevention is the key with low impact. I'm using many positions for my Tai Ji Quan class. Highly recommend for those who are suffering from back pain. ...more
John Harris
Jul 12, 2009 rated it liked it
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I was recommended this book by my chiropractor. I have followed the instructions and completed a full self assessment. I have developed a stretching program and now have to make sure I follow it. So far so good. The stretches seem to help and I definitely feel better after each session.
Apr 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Written almost casually with even more basic pictures. But I found the information worthwhile. I still haven't had enough self control to create a better workout or stretch routine, but someday my body will thank me because I know how. :) ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
All excercises are explained in detail with illustrations. I took a class from a former student of the authors. The stretches were very helpful increasing my range of motion with a frozen shoulder and relieved muscle spasms in my legs.
Aug 31, 2009 added it
The Whartons' stretch book : featuring the breakthrough method of active-isolated stretching by Jim Wharton (1996), 1st ed ...more
May 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody and everybody
This book is OUTSTANDING. I've got a copy to keep on its way to me - The library won't let me keep it as long as I want to keep it :) ...more
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stretch techniques in this book really do work.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Their program of stretching takes an hour a day, every day. I don't care what benefits they claim, no one will be able to stick with it. ...more
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