Active-isolated stretching is very different from what your high-school gym teacher made you do. Rather than holding a stretch for a half-minute, you hold it for just two seconds. This prevents the muscle from activating an instinctual braking device to keep itself from overstretching. Traditional stretching forces that braking to occur, and the Whartons think that's not only counterproductive, but dangerous. If you force too deep a stretch while the muscle is doing all it can to keep itself from being stretched, something's got to give. And a torn muscle will repair itself with scar tissue, ultimately making that muscle less flexible.
The Whartons--a father-and-son personal-training team who've worked with many pro athletes and Olympic medalists--show you how to use their stretches to prepare for dozens of sports, from aerobics to wrestling. Nonathletes get an entire section of the book, which describes stretch routines to get your body feeling better after prolonged driving, sitting, standing, and word processing. The routines are a bit on the longish side--20 minutes or more--but it doesn't seem like much time when you think of how long you have to live in your body, and how much better it will feel if you keep it supple and flexible. --Lou Schuler
Excellent book helping one learn to stretch for all kinds of exercising.Published 1 month ago by lewbrika
EVERY ONE SHOULD HAVE THIS BOOK......and USE IT... LBKPublished 4 months ago by LILLIAN BUTCHECK KRAMER
I love this book. It has awesome information. The exercise are very helpful.Published 4 months ago by Ceecee
MY PHYSICIAN RECOMMENDED THIS SPECIFIC BOOK AS A GUIDE DURING PHYSICAL THERAPY. iT HAS BEEN HELPFUL AND SHOULD BE A PART OF THE LIBRARY OF ANYONE WHO ENGAGES IN PHYSICAL SPORT.Published 5 months ago by Paul Callsen