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Full-Body Flexibility - 2nd Edition Paperback – November 2, 2010
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
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)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Straight forward, easy to understand, colored pictures, perfect book for flexibility!Published 1 month ago by Connor
Great great book for learning about stretching and flexibility with a myriad of stretches and stretch programs to accommodate pretty much anyonePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very comprehensive with easy to follow instructions and photographs. Contains hundreds of stretches grouped by muscle area and also has short and long stretch routines. Read morePublished 20 months ago by BtBB
When I bought this book I had no much information about stretching how and when to stretch when to do it and what to do exactly, the first 2 chapters helped me understand all of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sara