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Full-Body Flexibility is flawless and on the mark. Jay’s methodology is simple and offers an exercise instruction formula that is seamless, exciting, fun, and useful to both fitness professionals and consumers!”

Douglas S. Brooks, MS -- Author of Your Personal Trainer, BOSU Programming and Master Trainer Team Director, RealRyder Director of Programming and Education

“As a true visionary, Jay Blahnik brings stretching into the 21st century. His book Full-Body Flexibility takes a holistic approach to training that is both scientifically sound and easy to apply.”

Keli Roberts -- IDEA International Instructor of the Year

"This is a smart, straightforward approach to stretching for flexibility, strength, and injury prevention.”

Lindsey Emery -- Fitness Magazine Fitness Editor

About the Author

Jay Blahnik is recognized as one of the premier fitness professionals in the industry and has over 25 years of teaching and training experience. As a fitness educator and keynote speaker, he has traveled to over 30 countries and is known for his insightful viewpoints on engaging and motivating consumers.

Jay was chosen by Shape magazine as one of the top fitness instructors in the world, and Men’s Health listed him as having one of the top 10 workouts of all time. He is the youngest person ever to receive both the IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year Award and IDEA’s Fitness Industry Icons and Innovators title. He was also chosen as Can-Fit-Pro’s International Presenter of the Year in 2005.

He has starred in over 30 award-winning exercise videos and has designed, created, and choreographed some of the best-selling exercise videos of all time for other fitness professionals and celebrities.

Jay has been featured as a fitness expert in over 200 magazines across the globe, and his weekly and monthly fitness columns in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC.com are read by millions of people each year. He has served as an editorial advisory board member for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is the group exercise spokesperson for IDEA Health and Fitness Association.

Jay is a consultant and program developer for Nike, Nautilus, Bowflex, Schwinn, Stairmaster, BOSU, and Indo-Row. He resides in Laguna Beach, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736090363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736090360
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is perfect for stretching or a stretching/yoga workout. There is a detailed chart showing which stretches are for which muscles. More importantly there is a very well photographed, easy to follow direction for each stretch: one per page. In the back, you can choose from several stretching workout routines based on your goals (ie yoga-inspired, sports, etc.) and how much time you can commit (10-20 min. vs. 40+ minutes)... which is brilliant. I normally have 10-15 min. in the morning, and do the "Express" yoga routine, my back feels noticeably better all day and especially when I get up in the morning. I highly recommend this book - especially if you've always thought of trying yoga and don't care for the metaphysical BS that usually accompanies that.
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Flexibility is often an overlooked part of getting and staying fit. We spend time doing resistance exercises and cardio and from time to time a few stretches. But flexibility is something only fans of yoga and similar activities take seriously. Yet it's very important to be flexible. For one thing, it's easy to get injured if we lack flexibility.

In this new book by fitness expert Jay Blahnik, you'll learn the three-step method for flexibility, mobility, and strength. It's full of colorful instructions that will make your workouts easy and fun. In many cases you'll see two views so you really understand the exercise or stretch. I did some of these and they're fun and feel really great.

Here's what you'll find in the book . . .

Part I Total-Body Stretch System

Chapter 1: Stretching Basics
Chapter 2: Three-Step Stretch System

Part II Regions of Flexibility

Chapter 3: Neck, Shoulders, Arms, and Hands
Chapter 4: Chest, Back, and Abdominals
Chapter 5: Glutes and Hips
Chapter 6: Quadriceps and Hamstrings
Chapter 7: Calves, Shins, and Feet
Chapter 8: Multiregion Stretches
Chapter 9: Sport Mobility Stretches

Part III Fitness and Sport Routines

Chapter 10: General Stretch Routines
Chapter 11: Sport Stretch Routines
Chapter 12: Specialty Stretch Routines

If you want to improve your workouts and add flexibility training, you'll want to add this book to your collection. It's a real gem.

Highly recommended.

-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
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Full-Body Flexibility could not have come into my hands at a better time. I am in the process of regaining full mobility of one of my knees as the result of knee replacement surgery. I was becoming frustrated with the lack of progress through the routines prescribed for me and felt I needed something different. This helped me immeasurably.

Let me begin with a disclaimer: consult you medical provider before you undertake any change in your present workout routines. What works for one person may not work for another. Listen to your body and your medical provider if you have any problems with these exercises.

Jay Blahnik has done a great job of collecting truly useful stretching exercises that incorporate some of the latest in sports medicine. What sets this book apart is not the exercises, but the clear language used throughout to explain the background of why stretching is so important, the easy to follow directions for each stretch and the accompanying photographs.

I am far from the most athletic person in the world, and I am approaching a "certain age", yet I had no problems with most of the exercises shown. Yes, some of the more extreme stretches are beyond my capability, but the author does not make anyone who cannot do ALL the exercises feel inadequate. Quite the opposite: I've become inspired to do more.

Once you have some of the basics mastered, there is a section on the back, Part III, with suggested routines you can incorporate into your present workout. They are divided up by time and related activity, so you can easily tailor the routine to your needs.

If you are presently active, becoming more active or want to increase your activity and mobility levels, you owe it yourself to acquire this book. Excellent reference material and excellent all the way around.

(Review was originally on my LibraryThing page)
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I absolutely LOVE the Human Kinetics publications. I have [Dance Anatomy], [Stretching Anatomy], and [Fitness Illustrated]. I love the layout, the depth of information, and most of all the illustrations that highlight exactly what area is being worked. That is THE #1 selling point to me.

But Full-Body Flexibility has a different layout and none of those awesome illustrations. There's a ton of great information here, and the photos are crisp and clear with fit models. Instructions are clear, too. And this one has the exercises broken down into sections passive and active. The coolest feature is in Chapter 10, General Stretch Routines organized by minutes. Only got 10 minutes to move through standing stretches for the whole body? It's here. You want to do a 10-minute yoga-inspired stretch warm-up? It's here. So are stretch workouts for 20 and 40 minutes. It's a great tool.

My gripe is that I'm totally spoiled by the other format of the Anatomy Series books. They aren't trying to fool the reader; this one doesn't even have "anatomy" in the title. It's my hang-up. If it weren't for that, I'd probably give this baby 5 stars. Yeah, 5 stars. Jay Blahnik's 3-step method is to maximize, minimize, and equalize. Overall, it's a great book. It's not his fault the publisher spoiled me with those illustrations. If you love/need/have to stretch, this is an excellent book no matter what your level.
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