46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2011
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.
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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.
-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2011
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)
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2012
Full Body Flexibility is a first rate book on stretching. I bought the Kindle Version for my iPad, and I'm really happy with it. I can easily zoom the photos to see exactly how the stretch is to be done. Explanations are succinct and easily understood. The stretches are grouped by area of the body, and the groupings seem to make intuitive sense. This is probably the only streching book you'll ever need. Highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2012
I was looking for a reference book that provides me with the basics of stretching and gives me a wide range of stretches in an easy to understand fashion to improve my flexibility doing martial arts. This book does it and I believe I don't need any other books on the topic for a long time. The first chapter provides some basics on the types of stretching and the pro's and con's, i.e. active vs passive and dynamic vs. static. The remainder of the book then focusses on a vast range of stretches looking at all the different muscle groups and a number of different stretches for them. Each stretch is clearly documented and supported by photos showing the different stretches. I bought the Kindle version and use the book on my iPad and have to say it is one of the better books on the iPad. Sometimes I find ebooks with illustrations are not well thought through when converted from print to electronic versions, but whether intentionally or not I didn't have an issue at all using the Kindle version of the book on the iPad. It probably won't look as good on a Kindle, since the illustrations are better in colour, but then I haven't tested it on my Kindle in comparison to the iPad. All in all a great reference book for someone who wants a large variety of stretches to increase flexibility.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
The book is good, but it could be better. The pictures are a weak point, a lot of the stretches would benefit from an additional angle or a couple more pics showing the steps of te stretches because some of them are subtle, also for beginners an arrow in the picture (or some other visual artifact) pointing to the muscle worked in the stretch would be great: it is not obvious where the exercise should be felt.
The other week point are alternatives, what if I find a stretch difficult or painful? Are there alternatives? How can you make it easier or stronger. That's something that I miss in this book.
Again, is a good book. A little more detail will make it better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2012
This book provides a wide range of stretching probabilities, from abbreviated stretching routines to longer routines. It also introduces the reader to the latest trend in stretching which is dynamic stretching. Not very new as an idea, but definitely not done by the majority of trainees in gyms. It also explains the difference between active, passive and dynamic stretching which are the types included in the manual.
I found the book very helpful and clear. The routines are very good and rejuvenating. I use stretching as a part of my daily recovery from my 2x per week weight lifting routine and I was positively surprised to find out that these stretching routines made me more flexible and efficient in squatting, dead lifting and my other compound lifts. And this is the reason why I rate this book so highly.
If you look for a book on stretching and you don t have enough knowledge on the topic to make your own schedule, I believe that you should seriously consider this one. If you have already tried other stretching types or routines, but have not seen the expected results in flexibility and strength, definitely give this book a try.
24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2010
THIS BOOK IS A MUST IF YOU WANT TO BE FIT. IT'S FOR THE ELITE ATHLETE TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE AND SPEED. IT'S FOR THE OLDER PERSON WHO WANTS BETTER POSTURE AND STRENGTH. IT'S FOR THE GYM RAT HITTING IT EVERY DAY YEAR AFTER YEAR. THE PICTURES ARE CRYSTAL CLEAR, THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE CONCISE AND SIMPLE. THE ROUTINES IN THE BACK OF THE BOOK PUT FLEXIBILITY EXERCISES IN SEQUENCES. THE SEQUENCES ARE EASY TO FOLLOW. THE ROUTINES CAN MATCH YOUR FITNESS GOALS WITH THE RIGHT STRETCHING MOVEMENTS. I'M A PHYSICAL THERAPIST, 34 YEARS IN THE CLINIC, A COMPETITIVE RACQUETBALL PLAYER, AND A FITNESS FANATIC. I PROMISE YOU JAY BLAHNIK KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING AND THIS BOOK IS COMPLETE. WE ALL NEED THIS BOOK.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
This is a review of the book “Full-Body Flexibility”, by Jay Blahnik. Taken directly from the book, Blahnik’s “3-step Method for Flexibility, Mobility, and Strength” includes:
“Step 1: Maximize your range of motion in each stretch.”
“Step 2: Minimize the difference between passive and active flexibility around each joint and within each muscle group.”
Step 3: “Equalize the range of motion in the left and right sides of the body as well as the front and back sides of the body.”
This is a beautiful book. It is illustrated with clear color pages that include 175 individual stretches. Each stretch is shown with a picture and step-by-step instructions on how to perform the pose. The instructions are precise and easy to follow.
Blahnik has designed the book around 5 sections of the human body. Each chapter includes the major muscle groups of each of these 5 sections and the stretches for these muscles. He also includes a chapter of stretches which he calls “multiregion” and a chapter of stretches for Sport Mobility.
One part of the book that I highly valued was the “Stretch Finder” charts. These charts include the names of the stretches, what region of the body is affected by each stretch, and the page number of the stretch in the book. They are well illustrated and easy to read.
Part III of the book is titled “Fitness and Sport Routines”. There are over 20 prepared routines such as: General Stretch Routines for Total Body, Sport Stretches, and Specialty Stretch Routines. The practices are illustrated with the poses and the page numbers where the pose can be found.
The photos in the book portray ideal range of motion. Most people do not have ideal range of motion so it is unwise to try to achieve the stretch shown in the photos. If the reader skips the first two chapters and jumps straight to the exercisies you will miss Blahnik's explanation of range of motion included in chapter two. A caution in each picture's instructions would be good.
I read the procedures and discussion of range of motion several times before I felt comfortable with the described methods. There is a lot of information in chapter 2 for the reader to digest and I don’t think it will sink in quickly.
The ‘system” may take a little understanding but the pictures are great; the individual pose instructions are clear and specific; and the charts are very useful. The stretching routines are well designed and flow easily. Overall, I loved this book and highly recommend it.