From Publishers Weekly
Stretching before you exercise or engage in sports can actually cause fatigue and damage to your body by putting undue stress on soft tissue, maintains Blahnik. Yet "a good warm up," he argues, "can in fact reduce the risk of injury prior to a workout if the warm-up is designed appropriately for the workout that follows." In this stretching guidebook, the fitness consultant, whom Shape magazine named one of the country's top five exercise instructors, emphasizes the importance of variety, strength and balance for increased flexibility, performance, and comfort in the workplace, home, or on the football field. Following an introduction that clarifies essential terms and concepts for the beginner, the book provides an assortment of stretching exercises, complete with explanations and illustrations, for all parts of the body. Chapter six presents challenging workouts based on yoga poses, which require strength and superior flexibility, and later sections specify the best exercises for different sports. For those who have a limited amount of time to devote to fitness routines, Blahnik organizes 10-, 20-, and 40- minute workouts as well as morning and evening stretch routines. Though perhaps a bit rudimentary, this volume should help novices reach their physical health goals.
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""""Jay Blahnik is a diamond in the fitness industry! In "Full-Body Flexibility" he has created an indispensable tool for anyone looking to make substantial gains in physical health. Jay's comprehensive, in-depth, and easy-to-apply strategy combined with muscle group graphics, positioning arrows, and range of motion recommendations result in a refreshing understanding and goal-oriented approach to improved flexibility that many will find revolutionary.""" Kari AndersonAmerican Council on Exercise fitness director for 2003International fitness personality featured in 25 workout videos """Jay Blahnik's extensive knowledge and teaching experience are evident in the concise and accurate descriptions of the goals and techniques of the various stretches. This unique book should improve the performance of recreational and competitive athletes and enhance the comfort of nonathletes while they perform daily activities.""" Benjamin D. Rubin, MDTeam physician, co-chairman, Sports Medicine CommitteeUnited States Diving"