- 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: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great Stretch Tubing Handbook Paperback – July 22, 2007
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The Great Stretch Tubing Handbook includes exercises that work each part of the body. If you want to maintain a toned figure the handbook is for you. It is not to be used for heavy "stretching".
First there are a dozen stretches listed and displayed by a model. Then the exercises for: chest, shoulders, rotator cuff, back, biceps, triceps, forearms, core, and legs.
The only equipment you will need is stretch tubing (or bands). The handbook explains how to make and use your door attachment.
Each exercise (and stretch) is demonstrated by a model. You don't have to guess about how the movement is executed.
Also, for those body-conscious folks, each exercise explains EXACTLY which muscles you'll work. Example: For the downward chest crossover: muscles worked = anterior deltoid, pectoralis major.
=small enough to pack in a gym bag
=easy to follow step by step instructions
=general and specific descriptions of muscle groups being worked
=lots of instructions (for a newbie)
=too small for someone trying to follow along (posters are available)
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 ›
The exercises are all fairly simple to do. The only problem I encountered was the fact that you had to keep changing the resistance band height in the door. This is a minor irritation that could have been prevented by putting all the exercises in a different order. In this book they are organized in the following order: Chest, Shoulders, Rotator Cuff, Back, Biceps, Triceps, Forearms, Core and Legs. So if you want a full-body workout you have to just adjust the band for each exercise. Some that might be familiar to you include:
Incline Chest Press
Overhead Shoulder Press
Seated Low Row
If you don't have time to go to the gym then these exercises are fun to do at home. The place I felt the work was mostly in my upper body and back. If you have any back problems you might want to try the light resistance band first. Once you have three bands you can just write the color of the band that works on each exercise.
As with the Medicine Ball Workout, the easiest way to use this book (so it stays open) is to cut it in half. Then, simply punch holes in the corner of each page and put it on a metal ring. This will allow all the pages to lay flat when you are exercising. This book also includes a brief section on stretching, muscle diagrams and information on aerobic training. You can start with as little as 8 reps per exercise and work your way up to two sets of fifteen reps.
~The Rebecca Review
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 10 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
One reviewer said this book is lacking depth and thus is for beginners. Perhaps that's true but I'm a beginner. Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by Robert A. Grossman
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. Read more
- 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