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Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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About the Author
Coach Kelly Starrett received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California. He currently runs his own physical therapy practice at San Francisco CrossFit—one of the first 50 CrossFit affiliates—and focuses on performance-based Orthopedic Sports Medicine with an emphasis on returning athletes to elite level sport and performance. His clients see exceptional results from his progressive blend of manual physical therapy and strength training. Since 2009, Kelly has been traveling the country teaching his "Movement, Mobility & Maintenance Course" in an effort to spread his message that good mobility and proper movement are the keys to good performance and that all humans should be able to perform this basic maintenance on themselves.
Kelly's clients have included Olympic gold-medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world-class extreme skiers and X-Games medalists, dancers with Smuin, San Francisco, and Sacramento Ballet Companies, military personnel, and competitive age-division athletes.
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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.
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.
I gave the first part of the book a quick read and then moved to the treatment sections and started working hard on the areas of the upper body to start and the results have been terrific. While I still have a bit discomfort that is gradually decreasing as I continue the work on it. After the therapy work and reading Dr. Starrett's directions on how to properly Dip, I was able to perform Dips pain free for the first time in years.
I am now working on adding more techniques and re-reading the first part of the book more closely as it contains a lot of information how to move properly to both maximize efficiency as well as how to move properly to avoid pain and injury.
If you currently are dealing with pain you should get this book and jump into the section you need to work on.
If you are not dealing with pain but you exercise, weight lift, etc.. you should still get this book and start working on keeping yourself injury free.
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.