- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; 2nd edition (May 19, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1628600837
- ISBN-13: 978-1628600834
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,455 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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One warning: This is a big technical book, that is more of a textbook than just your average fitness book. Geared toward coaches and trainers and physical therapists. But if I can find value here, so can others looking to improve mobility.
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.
I was diagnosed with kyphosis (similar to scoliosis, think hunched back) in high school. It was not that bad, most people would never notice, but I had some back pain. Doctors just said there was not much I could do.
10 years later I started lifting and came across Kelly's work and started working to improve my body mechanics. I have significantly improved the curvature of my spine and mobility in my spine, hips, and shoulders. I notice big differences when I look in the mirror and have much less back pain.
I am in my 20s, but see my parents loosing their mobility in their 50s. I have shared th book and ideas with them. I am sure this will help me stay functional long past my 50s and 60s.
Kelly starts with simple standing and shows us how to do it properly, with tests to determine if we are doing it properly. He progresses into torque and lever mechanics as they apply to the human body. The majority of the book is explaining and demonstrating with well designed pictures the basic athletic exercises (deadlift, pushup, dip, etc). He does the same with stretching and development of flexibility techniques.
Many may think this book is too simple, too basic. But the fact remains that many of us damage ourselves over time with improper movement and posture habits. Our human body is designed do millions of repetitions of every movement. If we put undue stress on various areas by poor mechanics, we will weaken and damage our bodies. Many great athletes get by for a time with poor body mechanics, but it does catch up with them. Yes, we age and are mortal, but we let ourselves age far too fast through improper uses and mechanics of our bodies. The vast majority of Americans stop being active just at the moment they need to be more active. But, we have let (Kelly's list page 25) no warm up, no cool down, sleep deprivation, dehydration, poor nutrition, prolonged sitting, chronic inflammation, stress and insulin sensitivity rob of us the use of our body far before we should. This book is not about those errors, but about the body mechanics necessary to maintain the ability to perform for many more years than average in our society.
Kelly stresses that we will perform as we practice. Kelly stresses that many tasks are mechanically identical using the same postures and strengths and self support systems to the basic exercises. Example from this book: round back deadlifts lead to round back tackles with a much higher incidence of injury. Kelly's point is that if we teach proper movement mechanics, we will perform better, perform longer, have less pain, have fewer injuries, have less wear and tear failures (e.g. ACL tears, disc herniations, spinal stenosis) and feel better and look better far longer than average. And the best place for this teaching is in the gym, concentrating on the basic movements.
There should be at least one well used copy of this book in every coach's office, in every PT department that deals with athletes and the aging, in every gym, in every sports medicine clinic. Kelly's point is that the practice of correcting dysfunction and exercise mechanics is neccessary and needs to be done in the gym as we teach our youth to move, our young adults to move and perform, and our aging to age gracefully.
This book is another notch in Victory Belt Publishing and Glen Cordoza's ventures moving from MMA technique books, to paleo diet books, to exercise. From Victory Belt Publishing we now have Marthone's "The Kettlebell Rx," MacKenzies "Power Speed Endurance," Starrett's "Supple Leopard." And forth coming is "Beyond Parallel," due out late May or early June . Victory Belt has a winning formula in taking great Crossfit coaches and publishing their wisdom. Let's hope they keep it up.
The book reads well. The book is well organized and well laid out. The pictures are excellent elaborating on the text. This book will become a standard text filling a need for many years to come.