- 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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The Great Stretch Tubing Handbook Paperback – July 22, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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
A complete stretching section
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't let the size of this book fool you. There are only 61 pages yet it is packed with more information than most larger book . Read morePublished 13 months ago by Barbara Jean
I bought a real nice exercise band set from BMP. The set is great and well made, but what was missing was a good set of instruction (they had a single sheet of paper with only 6... Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by D. Williams
If you intend on completing all the exercises in this book I'd highly recommend that you order a light, medium and heavy resistance band. Read morePublished on June 13, 2008 by Rebecca of Amazon
- clear instructions
- exercises are pictured as well as explained
- large number of exercises
- pretty much all areas of the body are covered
-... Read more
the pictures and product are good. Illustrations that can help one to
get started even a beginner in building and firming muscle
If you don't want to travel with 200 lbs of weights, then stretch tubing is the way to go. Leave your weights at home, and take a small bag of stretch tubing when you're on the... Read morePublished on December 25, 2007 by Book Carpenter
There's a lot to like about this book. First of all,I like the unique evercises for each muscle group of the body. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Dale W. Smith