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Stretching: Exercises Bible - Learn How To Stretch With Dynamic Stretching And Flexibility Exercises (stretching exercises, stretches, stretching, yoga ... back pain, anti aging, flexibility Book 1) Kindle Edition

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My home library has a fair number of books on stretching, but I can say without hesitation this one is up in my top 5 list of favorite books on stretching.

- Jasper T, Amazon Verified Purchase

The exercises in this book are beautifully simple and easy to perform. Excellent Book!

- Linda, Amazon Verified Purchase

Recommended for anyone looking for improving stretching routine or start from today. Pictures help lots. Great book. Stretch right now.

- Nilo Lima, Amazon Verified Purchase

About the Author

David Nordmark has a life long interest in health and fitness. In the past he has participated in such sports as soccer, basketball and hockey. He also was once an avid runner and weightlifter, but has since come to his senses. Today he mainly does natural exercises like Yoga and the Body Weight exercises found on his website, www.animal-kingdom-workouts.com. He currently lives in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, although he really wouldn’t mind living somewhere else during the winter. He’s currently working on making that dream a reality. If you have any questions for him, feel free to contact him using the contact form which can be found on this website. Here’s the link: http://www.animal-kingdom-workouts.com/contactme.html

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  • File Size: 7998 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Publication Date: November 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ODIXCW
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My name is David Nordmark and my primary interests are related to health and fitness, with a side order or politics and economics (not to mention film).

I'm probably best known for my fitness ideas. My general health and fitness philosophy is that if you want to be as strong and healthy as you can be, you only need to watch what the animals do in nature and follow their example. Any animal that you can think of is far stronger and healthier than any human being. How do they get this way? By constantly exercising with their own bodyweight. I've created an entire website dedicated to this idea which can be viewed at www.animal-kingdom-workouts.com.

I'm also interested in politics and economics. The first book I've written in this vein is "Understanding American Exceptionalism: What it is, how it came to be, and why it's fading". It's been well reviewed, for the few who've read it, lol.

I was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (I am a Canadian), which is where I currently live.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jasper T. on October 31, 2011
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My home library has a fair number of books on stretching, but I can say without hesitation this one is up in my top 5 list of favorite books on stretching.

Nordmark presents a broad range of stretches that include isolation stretches, functional, compound stretches, and PNF or "Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation" stretches. For those who are not familiar, PNF stretches utilize passive stretching in alternating combination with isometric stretching. For example, take the old "bend over and touch your toes" stretch. One variation of PNF would have you bend at the waste and reach for your toes as far as possible without over straining. At that point you hold the maximum stretch for 10 to 20 seconds, then back off the stretch just slightly, leaving a little bit of tension in the muscles. In this state you then flex and tighten all the muscles in the legs, just like you were flexing your bicept to "make a muscle". You hold that flex for around 6 seconds, then relax completely, and as you relax you allow yourself to reach down towards the toes again, just as you did during the first part of the stretch. Since you are relaxing the flexed muscles at the same time, you find you can now stretch just a little bit further than you could at first. When you reach the maximum point of the stretch, you hold it again, and repeat the whole process. You keep doing this until you find that your relaxation produces no additional stretch, then you move on to work a different set of muscles. That type of PNF is known as a "Hold & Relax - Antagonist" stretch. There are other types as well.

In this book you will learn a good selection of these PNF techniques, and they are nothing short of truly amazing in their ability to produce rapid gains in flexibility.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ShyGal on May 16, 2013
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I've been doing several forms of yoga (basically stretching exercises and flexibility training) for over a decade now on a daily basis. I actually gained an inch in height over the decades because of these. Friends and families have asked me for my basic routine for years. I got so tired of being asked that I actually filmed a short DVD, only to find that no one watched it! But this book on how to stretch is going to be my answer whenever someone asks me for my basic routine. The book has lots of stretching exercises similar to the ones I do, and the text is simple, easy to follow, and not at all intimidating for the beginner. At the same time I found some exercises to add to my own routine, even though I've had a yoga practice for years. Somehow the whole concept of animal stretching makes the idea of stretching approachable. I think my DVD showed too much flexibility and scared people. This book won't scare beginners, and is a good place to start if you want to learn to stretch but don't know where to begin. I also like the flexibility exercises later in the book. This is good for athletes like me who want to be able to keep doing all the stuff we have been doing (for me, competitive horseback riding plus hiking, swimming, and working out at the gym) and maintaining overall body flexibility. On my Xmas list for this year for all those friends and family who have asked for my stretching routine over the years but STILL haven't managed to get going on this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda on May 16, 2013
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The exercises in this book are beautifully simple and easy to perform. Most can be done absolutely anywhere and without any fancy equipment. As with most exercises, breathing is the most important thing other than taking care not to overextend your abilities. The amazing thing I learned by doing the exercises is that instead of tiring me out, they energized me and I became super alert and felt really focused on my body and everything around me. I also never realized before how tight my joints were. I've battled carpal tunnel syndrome before and the pain is intense. There is a stretch in this book called the Clasped Hand Turn that helps this. Most of the stretches are very gentle and not strenuous. Also there is a chart with flexibility training stretches for just about every major sport. Excellent book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John L. Adams on May 24, 2013
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As a martial artist stretching is a key component. This book offers various ways for you to stretch without being a yoga master. I used everyday and often as a warmup. You will not be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2011
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After being a classical karateka for 13 years
and realizing my over 40 body was not working as I wanted I went looking for a book on dynamic stretching. This had the most useful and straightforward routine I found. Other than my Qigong practice this is now the book I follow to get the joints open and loose. While the rest of the book is excellent go straight to chapter 4 and review that routine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Faith on May 31, 2013
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This is a great book! I picked it up on a whim when it was on free promo and I'm so very glad I did. Not only was it well formatted (I'm rather picky about that), it was a pleasure to read.

The best feature about this book is all the pictures it has. I am so tired of ebooks without pictures in them. So not only does every stretching exercise have step-by-step instructions, there are also pictures showing the movement of each stretch. I also appreciated the extra notes that explained where some of the stretches came from, the added health benefits for a particular exercise, and which parts of the body were being worked.

I never knew there were so many different stretching exercises or realize one kind of stretching would be better than another. Overall, it's a great resource and one I will definitely be referring to in the future.
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