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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: 8.7 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are good color pictures and detailed instructions.
Book Carpenter
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.
Inge Buchanan
The Great Stretch Tubing Handbook includes exercises that work each part of the body.
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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful By "bombchell" on April 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
I found out about this handbook from my aerobic instructor. We use the stretch tubing with most of the classes. I immediately searched at Borders bookstore. Couldn't find it. Went online and found and ordered it from Amazon.com. I ordered one for me (a gym junkie who needs a stretch tubing routine for rainy days) and for a friend who works out at home with his home gym. We both agree that the handbook is very useful.
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.
pros:
=low price
=great photos
=small enough to pack in a gym bag
=easy to follow step by step instructions
=general and specific descriptions of muscle groups being worked
cons:
=lots of instructions (for a newbie)
=too small for someone trying to follow along (posters are available)
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By G W Skett on March 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Inge Buchanan on January 27, 2007
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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 13, 2008
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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. Most of the exercises can be completed with a medium resistance band, however there are some that are impossible to do properly without light or heavy resistance. The "Bell" resistance bands have a door attachment but there are also instructions for creating your own door attachment using nylon cord/rope.

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
Chest Flye
Overhead Shoulder Press
Seated Low Row
Crunch
Squat

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
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