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Full-Body Flexibility Paperback – November 7, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0736041508 ISBN-10: 0736041508 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (November 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736041508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736041508
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,463,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

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Clear organized pictures.
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As is , we have to put our shoe or something heavy on the book to keep it flat and open.
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THIS is easy to understand and won't waste your time trying to figure it out.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Train to Win on November 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have been looking for a good stretching/yoga book, and came across Full-Body Flexibility and was reading the reviews. I have actually seen Jay speak in person, and so I was compelled to buy it. I was not surprised by the positive reviews, but was very surprised by the negative one because I thought Jay had a lot of interesting things to say about stretching and flexibility in the lecture he presented. I am a personal trainer, and enjoy Jay's approach and philosphies because he keeps things simple and straight-forward. I bought the book, and was very satisfied and impressed, and am baffled by the negative review. The pictures are clear, the instructions are simple, and the entire concept of active or "unassisted" stretching is VERY unique and not found in most books. In addition, Jay's book has great stretching routines at the end that I have found very useful and so have my clients. I have used the routines many times since I bought the book. I have seen Jay speak in person. He is not just a marketer. He is a renowned Trainers with an extensive background in exercise and health education. In fact, he has provided me with useful training information over the years that is often better than the PhDs in the same field. Jay has been a trend-setter in the health club fitness industry for years, and continually clarifies, simplifies and organizes what is often complex information into easy to understand and use exercise protocol that I use every day in my exercise routines with my clients and students. I am not sure what that particular reviewer was looking for in a stretch book, and maybe he never read the the opening section of the book (where much of the interesting information is presented), but I think it is a great book. Easy to read. Clear organized pictures. A variety of stretches. Routines I can use. Not a clinical text book, but not an artsy-fartsy picture book either. Well done...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2003
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I have been looking for a good book on stretching, and there are so many out there, I had no idea which one to select. However, I have been to a couple of Jay's presentations (author), and he is an amazing teacher. So, I thought buying his book would be a safe bet amongst all the other choices.
It is amazing! Easy to understand, great pictures and some interesting new information about stretching I did not know. Mostly, though, I love the routines. Every stretch book has stretches, but not every one has routines! There is a simple to follow routine for everything from tight shoulders to lower back problems. Some short routines, and some longer routines.
I love this book, and have already noticed a difference in the way I feel and my flexibility.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2003
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I was an athlete in my younger days and now only get to workout occasionally - but I know the importance of stretching, and over the years have lost so much flexibility. This book has helped me get it back and it's so easy to follow! There are routines for every level, clearly explained with great pictures demonstrating each move. I never thought I'd like yoga with all the strange positions and such, but the yoga-inspired poses in this book make it simple and I actually feel how effective they are. I'm buying this book for all the "weekend warrior" athletes on my Christmas list.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rumpelzstilzchen on June 24, 2005
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What can I say. I am not getting paid to write this, but the benefits of this book are immense. I am a 33 year old male, I have always been fairly athletic, but put on a lot of weight over the last three years and in the process have become entirely stiff. I can feel that, for example, in my hip flexors when I go jogging, also my harmstrings feel very tight.

After buying this book you can plunge right into it (except the author asks you to read his forword, which really helps though). There is exercise upon exercise, 8 for harmstrings alone (of course the entire body gets covered in the book. Just happens to be that I am into harmstrings right now).

And it's not that you have to do them all, it doesn't make a difference in the world. You do whatever you want. But some you do laying down, some standing up, some with a chair, etc, so pick whatever you are comfortable with. Some require just holding the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds, some ask to execute a movement 10 to 12 times.

So what is so good about it? Well, just that, the variety, and how incredibly easy everything is.

Example. The "Dynamic Knee Kick".

Stand tall and lift one leg up to hip heigt, keeping the knee bent.

Start: Straigthen the knee.

Finish: Rlease the stretch by bending the knee.

Repeat as a continuous , controlled, fluid sequence 10 to 12 times.

Repeat on the other leg.

Touch a wall or hold on to someting for balance, if necessary.

Then there is a foto that goes with it. THIS is easy to understand and won't waste your time trying to figure it out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Mclaren on July 2, 2004
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I have seen Jay at fitness conferences before and knew I could trust him as a great resource. This book did not disappoint me. As a group fitness instructor and new personal trainer, I was looking for a book to go beyond the basics. This certainly did the trick. Jay's approach is applicable to anyone - novice or stretching pro. The pictures and text are so easy to follow. There were many familiar stretches in the book but also quite a few that were new to me. I also liked the timed stretch routines and sports specific stretches. His 3 step approach takes stretching beyond the basics. I've incorporated many of the moves into my classes and they love it. This will always be a great reference book for me. I highly recommend this book.
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