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The Great Stretch Tubing Handbook Paperback – July 22, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Productive Fitness Pub (July 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0969677367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0969677369
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Injuring my upper arm and shoulder in a minor motorcycle spill, and refusing to pay $40/hr. for physio-therapy, I needed to find a less expensive alternative. The Great Stretch Tubing Handbook was the ideal guide for me. Using inexpensive tubing at home, I was able to exercise the exact muscle groups required and working slowly through the clear instructions and well demonstrated routines, I now have over 90% of my original mobility back in my left arm and shoulder. I found the section on the Rotator Cuff of particular interest for my application. The guide is colourful, simple to follow and a good value for [the money]-- when you consider I would have spent about $400 going to a clinic. Although I'll never use the latin names for the muscle groups in daily conversation, the body diagrams in the book provided a good review, should I ever need to talk to my Doctor about specific muscles.
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I liked this book very much.

What was great for me about this book:

1. Small format and only 64 pages.

This book is small enough to take anywhere, it includes everything you need and nothing you don't.

It doesn't waste pages on trying to motivate or make you feel good, it just tells you how to do it, exactly what I needed.

2. Every exercise has a description of, not only how to do the exercise, but the reminders on how to protect yourself, like stabilize your torso and position of your feet. Some books only list these once at the beginning and are too easily forgotten, particularly in the home situation.

3. Every exercise was on its own page.

This meant I could scan each page, print it and display it on a wall while I was doing the exercise, great when you change the routine every 4-6 weeks for a reminder.

4. The muscles targeted are listed with each exercise.

This meant I could easily make up my own workout routine and know which major and minor muscle groups were included or excluded.

5. Sample workout routine.

This gives you the basics on how many exercises to include in each major area of the body and assists in planning my own variations.

6. Muscle anatomy diagrams included.

Knowing where the muscles are that the exercise is targeting helped me in correctly carrying out the exercises as well as the stretches.

7. Stretches included.

What was not so great for me about this book:

1. Time required for stretching.

There was no way I could do each stretch 3 times on a daily basis; this would have meant a minimum of 69 minutes of stretching daily, if following the recommended stretch duration of 60 seconds.
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I teach a group exercise class that uses tubing. I wanted a book to give me some new exercise ideas. This book gives the reader tube exercises--but you have to attach the tube to a doorway! It is not a good a good reference book if you are looking for something to use for a group. If a person were just starting an exercise program at home and wanted a beginners book, this would be OK. Also, for the price it is little more that a pamphlet--kinda a rip. Does have some nice beginners streches and muscle diagrams.
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One reviewer said this book is lacking depth and thus is for beginners. Perhaps that's true but I'm a beginner. Regardless of whether or not the book is for beginners it has many attributes:

It is:

Very well organized: It starts by explaining the pros and cons of Resistance Tubes and the difference between resistance tubes and resistance bands.

It stresses and outlines very clearly with easy to understand language and excellent color photos on high quality paper:

1. Warm up

2. Using Proper Posture

3. Using Proper Form

4. Breathing properly

5. When and why to stop training (e.g. pain)

6. How frequently you should train,

7. What the expected time duration for a training session is

8. Understanding the goal of fatiguing a specific muscle group

9. Range of Motion

10. Speed of your movment

11. the importance of proper form

12. When and why the routine should be changed, and;

13 Rest intervals between one exercise and the next

Every exercise is beautifully illustrated and explains what muscles are being worked.

The book is small in terms of number of pages and size but the paper quality is excellent. In my mind, that the book is small is a bonus because it's easy to through into your bag of tubes and take with you wherever you go.

I needed a book for Beginners. This book fits the bill and I suspect it will be of value to me for at least a year and perhaps longer. Maybe then I'll want or need something more in depth but maybe not. There's a lot of Web sites where people can get tubing exercise routines.
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I mostly like this little book or booklet. Here's why.

1. It offers a stretching routine to do before a workout for those who prefer to stretch.
2. It offers the basics of using rubber resistance. The pros and cons.
3. It breaks the exercises down into the muscle groups the exercise works so you can plan your workout.
3. Has a nice anatomy of the muscles. A page for the front and a page for the back side.
4. Good quality color photos of each exercise. Two to three in most cases.
5. Good instructions for each exercise.
6. A small section (couple pages) on working the rotator cuff. Important to many people.

What I didn't like.

1. Many excellent and important exercises are missing. For example, the chest press. It offers a number of variations of the exercise but not the basic chest press.
2. Lacks many lower body exercises such as leg curl.
3. Advises a 45 minute or more workout plus cardio. That's way too much and very unnecessary. One set to failure of five or six exercises is more than enough and cardio is not necessary unless you really want to do it.

Included in the book are:

A series of stretch tubing exercises to work the whole body
How to make and use your own door attachment
A section on rotator cuff exercises
Stretch tubing safety
Sample routine
A complete stretching section
Training tips
Muscle anatomy diagrams

I've ordered some Bodylastics and expect to get a large manual of exercises with that. Of course, I know most of the exercises this book lacks but I find it a bit of a disappointment that fitness experts would publish a book that's basically incomplete.

I do, however, recommend the book to beginners to this great workout method.
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