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Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance Hardcover – May 19, 2015
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About the Author
Dr. Kelly Starrett—coach, physiotherapist, and author of the New York Times bestseller Ready to Run—has revolutionized how coaches, athletes, and everyday humans approach performance as it relates to movement, mechanics, and the actualization of human and athletic potential. He and his wife, Juliet Starrett, co-founded San Francisco CrossFit and MobilityWOD.com, where they share their innovative approach to movement, mechanics, and mobility with millions of athletes and coaches around the world. Kelly travels the world teaching his wildly popular Movement & Mobility Course and also works with elite military forces and every branch of the military; athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB; and nationally ranked and world-ranked strength and power athletes. He consults with Olympic teams and universities and is a featured speaker at strength and conditioning and medical conferences nationwide. Kelly believes that all human beings should know how to move and be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. He lives in northern California with his insanely talented and amazing wife and their two young lionesses, Georgia and Caroline. His chief life goal is to spend more time on the beach with his family.
Glen Cordoza is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a former professional mixed martial artist and Muay Thai boxer. He is one of the most published authors on the topics of MMA, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and fitness with 20 books to his credit.
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I do not personally know Kelly, so please do not consider this an endorsed review from a buddy. However, he was incredibly gracious to grant me an interview for my Podcast to discuss the "Supple Leopard" philosophy because I was so excited and anxious for the release of this book. There aren't many people I know that would block out an hour of their time one month prior to a major book launch for a complete and total stranger, but that's exactly what he did.
So, as a physical therapist I am beyond excited to see that this book significantly helps to bridge the gaps between strength and mobility, movement and performance, and understanding technique and preventing injury. By the way, it is a college level textbook, not just a "book."
This book is brilliant in every way possible and the practicality is literally mind-blowing. The organization and explanations of the human body movement hierarchy are unbelievable. While I am in total and complete agreement with the philosophy and approach of "Supple Leopard," I can't help but secretly wish this was the book I had written because I am so congruent with the methods of optimizing human movement and performance.
The book hits you right from the start, as Kelly discusses the importance and relevance for each of us to improve our basic movement patterns. There is no denying the numerous hours of practical implementation to the methods and techniques described in this book. The content (descriptions and visuals) contained in this text is invaluable and essential.
Who is this book for? It's for the athlete, fitness enthusiast, strength coach, trainer, physical therapist, athletic trainer, MD, and all people that are dedicated to learning and improving how to prevent injury and optimize performance. That's quite a list and I'm sure there are others I should have mentioned. Maybe I should say it's for everyone and it is.
The most profound desription of who this book is for is the citation contained on page 25 which reads, "It is both a human right and responsibilty to understand how your body works." Enough said.
Get this book and use the information. Yes, this book is THAT GOOD.
This is breakthrough material and I am elated that this book is finally available for others to discover and use to make themselves better. Now, go forward and become a supple leopard!
Two things I would question, and I am no expert by any stretch.
1) People in other parts of the world do all sorts of activities in a squat position, so we all should.
I think this is an over-simplification. Many people the world over carry things on top of their heads, too. Should we all now do likewise?
2) The effect of external rotation on the shoulder/hip is illustrated by wrapping a rag around a sheleilia. In practice, how much external rotation can you get in your hip by pointing your feet straight in a squat? Seems strange that the natural placement of the feet for most squatters is pointing out, yet Kelly says they should be straight, then somehow 'screw them into the floor'.
Overall though, the book is good. It tells you HOW to do the exercises, how NOT to (common faults). and how to increase mobility (smashing, flossing, etc)
If you are into fitness, this is a must have.
If you have mobility or other physical issues, the last third of the book is invaluable. I pair the book with his videos for best results. The book helps me discover the the methodology more easily and then I can pinpoint my search of his Youtube channel for better instruction.
I have made more progress in addressing twenty year old physical problems in a few weeks than in all of the other modalities that I have used combined.
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SO MUCH information! It's a heavy book and a dense read, but worth it.Read more