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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736055290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736055291
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Flexibility is a key to an athlete's success. The advice, exercises, and programs in" Stretch to Win "will enable your body and mind to be balanced and connected so you can perform your best.""
Donovan McNabb
Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
Five-time Pro Bowl selection
"""Stretch to Win "has been a tremendous asset to me. I always had trouble with my hamstrings, but after working with Chris and Ann I was able to compete without pain. I use the routines every day, and they help me stay injury free.""
Sanya Richards
2004 Olympic 4x400-meter gold medalist
2005 world outdoor 400-meter silver medalist and U.S. outdoor champion
""The artistry and rhythm of the Fredericks' approach to stretching are supported by the science of flexibility. The debate may continue over the efficacy of stretching, but in the real world of athletics, the Fredericks' method answers the challenge and meets the need of certified athletic trainers and certified massage therapists.""
Benny Vaughn, LMT, ATC, CSCS, NCTMB
Athletic Therapy Center
Fort Worth, Texas
""Making the Stretch To Win System an essential part of my off and in-season training has maximized my athletic performance and has eliminated major injuries so that I'm able to play my best at each and every game.""
Na'il Diggs
Green Bay Packers

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"Flexibility is a key to an athlete's success. The advice, exercises, and programs in Stretch to Win will enable your body and mind to be balanced and connected so you can perform your best."

Donovan McNabb
Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
Five-time Pro Bowl selection

"Stretch to Win has been a tremendous asset to me. I always had trouble with my hamstrings, but after working with Chris and Ann I was able to compete without pain. I use the routines every day, and they help me stay injury free."

Sanya Richards
2004 Olympic 4x400-meter gold medalist
2005 world outdoor 400-meter silver medalist and U.S. outdoor champion

"The artistry and rhythm of the Fredericks' approach to stretching are supported by the science of flexibility. The debate may continue over the efficacy of stretching, but in the real world of athletics, the Fredericks' method answers the challenge and meets the need of certified athletic trainers and certified massage therapists."

Benny Vaughn, LMT, ATC, CSCS, NCTMB
Athletic Therapy Center
Fort Worth, Texas

"Making the Stretch To Win System an essential part of my off and in-season training has maximized my athletic performance and has eliminated major injuries so that I'm able to play my best at each and every game."

Na'il Diggs
Green Bay Packers


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The series of photos are so clear that it is easy to do the routines as they should be done.
Kari P.
There is very specific information in this book about myofascial release and increasing flexibility through stretching techniques.
fitnessprincess
It is one of the few books that I would say saved me time , energy, money just by doing the stretches.
M. Chavez

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Scott Styles on April 25, 2007
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This book provides:

1. A systematic approach for identifying your movement restrictions and designing a program to resolve them

2. Clear instruction on effective stretching, with a focus on developing the right combination of mobility and stability

3. Specific guidelines for incorporating soft tissue work with a therapy ball into your exercise program

My personal experience applying just the stretching guidelines has been the following:

1. My hips have opened quite a bit. I can comfortably drop into a deep squat.

2. Foot pain I have had for almost a year is quickly going away

3. A shoulder problem I went to physical therapy for but never quite finished fixing is rapidly improving

I've got the recommended equipment for the trigger point therapy on the way (a $10 Footsie roller and a $15 Fitball). If it does as much for me as the stretching has, I'm going to be a very happy person.

On a professional basis, I've been certified by the ACSM as a Health / Fitness Instructor since 2002. I was certified by ACE as a Personal Trainer in 2000. I've read a number of other stretching books and watched several DVDs. This book is the clearest out of any of them, and is one of the few to recognize being overly flexible is just as bad as not being flexible enough. It's also one of the few to address the concept of promoting soft tissue quality to reduce risk of injury.

Considering the price relative to other fitness products on the market, everyone should own a copy and apply the guidelines. Diligent attention to a sound program of mobility work will have more immediate impact on quality of life and ease of movement than just about any other form of exercise.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Todd I. Stark VINE VOICE on July 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Over the years it has become a standard mantra that people should "stretch" to help performance and prevent injuries. On the other hand, recent research has cast doubts on the usefulness of "stretching."

This book provides a good resolution to the stretching dilemma. It recasts "stretching" as a series of fluid, wave-like activities for improving mobility opposing the old "stretch and hold" protocol that so many of us have struggled with for years. The movements are performed in synchronization with breathing and at varying tempo for different purposes.

One interesting aspect of this approach is that it takes a big step toward bridging the fluid, rhythmic emphasis of traditional Eastern practices like Tai Chi and Yoga with the Western functional methods.

The biggest weakness of this book from my perspective was that while it emphasizes the importance of sequence, it did not really give enough detailed examples to help me sequence my own flexibility routines, I found myself guessing in various places. The book suggests working from the core outward but does not indicate how to relate each movement to how far it is from the core, and so on. As a result, I have enough information from this book to know how to do the movements and roughly how to structure my stretching, but it leaves me having to do a lot of experimentation on my own.

Still, the approach in this book is heads and shoulders above the previous generation of "stretch and hold" poses, and I highly recommend it for all athletes and martial artists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William G. Pratt VINE VOICE on July 18, 2009
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Stretch To Win certainly delivers a very comprehensive overview on why and how to stretch using the Fredericks' Stretch To Win system. The book opens with chapters relating the anatomy of stretching to the basic fundamental principles of the system. It then offers the reader a chance to assess their own personal flexibility imbalances prior to describing how to correct imbalances and how to perform each stretch appropriately.
As a Personal Trainer, I have used the principles of undulating stretching with success on clients and myself. The book is geared towards athletes, but anyone who wants to improve their overall flexibility and joint health would do well to follow the instructions in this guide.
Two things I think they could have included more on however are: 1) A more indepth explanation on why it is important to stretch using different velocities surrounding practices & games, and 2) An emphasis that the practitioner learn more about basic anatomy and physiology as some of the knowledge given assumes an understanding of which muscles are which and what their function is.
Overall, this guide (although primarily intended for athletic competitors is usable by anyone) provides a clear, well-researched program for developing a flexibility program that suits the needs of anyone looking to enhance their own pain-free range of motion. It is useful for people looking to form their own program as well as trainers, doctors, and therapists who wish to use the techniques given on their own clients and patients.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 11, 2011
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I see this as a later generation book about stretching compared to such books as (the highly recommended) Thomas Kurz' 'Stretching Scientifically', Pavel's 'Relax Into Stretch', 'Stretching Anatomy' and 'Ultimate Flexibility'. What the book opened up for me was the need to get beyond stretching linearly, even when using advanced forms of isometric stretching, and work the body in 3 dimensions. It also introduced the work of Thomas Myers (Anatomy Trains) whose ideas on the fascia was a big influence on the authors.

Prior to reading this book, when I wrote a rollup of what I'd learned about flexibility training I came up with the following...

1. Increasing strength and flexibility is relatively easy. However, most people are hampered by the wrong approach. (See e.g. McGuff, Body By Science, and Kurz).
2. Flexibility and strength are two sides of the same coin and should be considered together. Proper strength training, which takes movement through a full ROM, enhances flexibility. "When in doubt, strengthen."
3. Intense stretching aimed at improving flexibility should be treated as a form of strength training and should include a full recovery period. Twice, or even once a week, is adequate for most people.
4. Warm ups and stretching are two different things. Intense static stretches do not prevent injury and in fact can indirectly lead to injury in the next phase of activity if used as a warm up. Intense static stretches should not be part of a warm up routine.
5. The surest and safest way to increase flexibility is to learn the advanced versions of static, isometric stretching (PNF, CR and CRAC techniques). Isometric stretching builds strength in the extended position while improving flexibility.
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