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Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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About the Author
Kelly's clients have included Olympic gold-medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world-class extreme skiers and X-Games medalists, dancers with Smuin, San Francisco, and Sacramento Ballet Companies, military personnel, and competitive age-division athletes.
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Top Customer Reviews
Pros: Solid info on 'smashing', picked up some new stuff.
Cons: Lack of detailed explanations
Errors in simple understandings of human mechanics
Heavily influenced by Crossfit propaganda
Little info on causation
Recommendations: NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
Pain-Free Program-Anthony Carey
Advances in Functional Training-Mike Boyle
While I subscribe to much of what the author puts forth and on balance this is a worthwhile resource there are some real pros and cons...
Among the pros is the philosophy, comprehensiveness and generally easy to read style that is at times conversational in a positive manner.
There are some major cons. Starting with the fact that there is no index -- are you kidding me. This matters as for many I suspect this will serve more as a resource than read it once and absorb everything. Second issue is that it is very dense in material. This makes synthesizing things a challenge at times as we are left to figure them out on your own. I suspect many more lay or casual athletes will give up due to this. I could only read a chapter, or so, at a time. Pictures are okay but a tie to all the videos on his site would be much better. When dealing with movement still pictures aren't the same. I also would have liked to have seen a chapter relating sporting activities to the motions and mobility they require and the issues they tend to raise.
One other important point. Prior to publication of the book mobilitywod.com, the author's web site, was a free blog. It is pushed heavily in the reviews and in the book. It is now a for pay site. Fair enough, it doesn't need to be free but it is a material turnoff to link the two in the way it has been done.
So, I recommend this more for a trainer, serious athlete, and less for the casual athlete who arguably this should be most useful for.
First off, a squabble with how the book was published: I ended up paying 50 euros to purchase the book and get it shipped over here, at Amazon.com, which is a US-based website. This is odd because I live in the Netherlands, so it would've made much more sense to order at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.de, but then I would've paid 50 euros for just the book sans the shipping. This is odd and in dire need of correction.
On Amazon, all you read are rave reviews of how the book will change your life and will instantly make you the healthiest human being on the planet and all that... well, I don't believe in magic bullets, and neither should you. Don't take this as me saying the book isn't good; it is and there are definitely a lot of things I've learnt from it. However, I don't think it's the be-all-end-all of fitness books.
Overall, the book is well-written; very digestible writing. However, I can see that if you're new to this, you'll probably have a hard time on some parts, and will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information. Because there is a lot of information: there are 32 individual movements described, ranging from a basic air squat to a muscle-up and there are over a 150 pages describing specific mobility techniques.
The book starts of with an introduction, which, as expected, is Kelly banging his own drum loudly for a couple pages; there is no real info there. From there on out, the book is divided up into roughly three parts:
* Introduction to/Explanation of the movement and mobility system: this explains Kelly's general rules for movement, mainly concerning spinal organisation and bracing.Read more ›
I came across Kelly's work over a year ago through his mobilityWOD.com site. I was so impressed with the dedication he showed by posting a daily video on helping others not only treat but prevent injuries. When I heard of his upcoming book I can say for the first time in a long time I was very excited for a new book to read. I pre-ordered it many months ago and continued to check for its release like a kid waiting for Christmas. I received my copy early this week and after spending about 4 days and unable to put it down, reading it at every opportunity, let me summarize my thoughts on what I can say without question is the absolute best volume of information I have ever seen compiled in one book that addresses the human body.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
its a long read but it keeps you moving and learning your bodyPublished 3 days ago by Michael Cates
I read the Bible to maintain my soul.
I read this book to maintain my body.
I'm about halfway though reading this book and so far I am blown away. This guy knows his stuff and I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to improve their athletic... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
My husband took a mobility class and does CrossFit and this book was suggested to him. HE LOVES this book. It has not been put away on the shelf, so that says something. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jadecat
I amiss pretty new to crossfit and this book has helped me tremendously with both mobility and the way my body needs to move through the lifts we do. Thank you Dr. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book!! This book provided me systemic methods to resolve my pain and posture control problems.Published 18 days ago by Chih-cheng Chen
Someone bought me the book for Christmas, off of my wish list. The book itself is great, I've only picked it up a couple of times , but I'm nearly done with it. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer