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Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World Hardcover – April 26, 2016
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While Starrett is best known for his work inside the gym, increasingly he’s discovered that many issues underlying injury and deceased performance are related to how people carry themselves in everyday life. Deskbound, offers a scathing critique of our modern environment, which he says encourages poor physical habits, as well as strategies to survive in it. - Outside Magazine
Still not sold on the idea that a desk job could kill you? This new in-depth look from Kelly Starrett, the co-founder of mobilitywod.com, could change that, Starrett makes a compelling case with scientific evidence- and presents a practical fix. - Muscle & Fitness
Kelly Starrett, physical therapist and author of the new book “Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World” a guide that aims to mitigate back pains, carpal tunnel aches and myriad other ailments currently afflicting desk jockies worldwide....Science backs him up: A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that physical inactivity is a bigger risk factor in mortality than obesity. - New York Post
About the Author
Dr. Kelly Starrett is the author of the New York Times bestseller Becoming a Supple Leopard, which has revolutionized how coaches, athletes, and everyday humans approach movement and athletic performance. Dr. Starrett is a co-founder of San Francisco CrossFit and MobilityWOD.com, where he shares his innovative approach to movement, mechanics, and mobility with coaches and athletes. He travels around the world teaching his wildly popular Movement & Mobility Course and works with elite Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard forces; athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB; and national and world-ranked strength and power athletes. He consults with Olympic teams and universities and is a featured speaker at strength and conditioning conferences nationwide. Dr. Starrett’s work is not limited to coaches and athletes; his methods apply equally well to children, desk jockeys, and anyone dealing with injury and chronic pain. He believes that every human being should know how to move and be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves.
Juliet Starrett is an attorney, athlete, and entrepreneur. She is co-founder and CEO of San Francisco CrossFit and MobilityWOD.com. As a mother and co-founder of the nonprofit StandUp Kids, Juliet is committed to getting every public school child at a standing desk within 10 years in order to combat the epidemic of sedentary lifestyles. In her earlier life, Juliet was a professional athlete, paddling on the U.S. Extreme Whitewater Team from 1997 to 2000. She won two world championships and five national titles.
Glen Cordoza is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling co-author of Becoming a Supple Leopard 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 general fitness, with 24 books to his credit.
Top customer reviews
Content is excellent. I've got the other books he wrote, they are very helpful and the amount of pain removed from my body makes it worth far more than I paid. About the only improvement I could suggest is more sketch overlays that indicate the area of focus, direction of motion, things like that. I sometimes have to re-read the text 4 or 5 times to try and figure out the motion implied in the photo or series of them. Sketch lines down the spine and arm or leg, little angle symbol or curved arrows help me to understand very well. I still give it a 5 because maybe I'm just a visual learner and need that kind of thing, maybe most people can just "get it" from the words.
The writing style just isn't for me. It's not bad, it's conversational, and I get why. This is not a textbook. (I think the content could be re-written as a most excellent one.) Repetition bugs me. I know I need to re-read things to understand. Seeing the same phrases written out over and again may help some people, but doesn't make understanding any easier for me. The foreshadowing is excessive, to me, in the beginning. I read the table of contents, I can kinda tell what's coming later. If I had a nickel every time I see the phrase "later in this book you will learn" I'd maybe have a free book. :) Ok, not really true, but read it enough times and it gets annoying. So, 2 pretty minor things that bug me personally and probably nobody else. I give it a 4, you may give it a 5, but this review is simply my opinion.
Now what I really don't like, (and the main reason for giving a 3-star overall), the print quality. Seriously, anybody that thinks light thin text on shiny paper is a good idea should not be publishing books. If the ink were a full black, the font a little thicker, or maybe just printed on regular paper it wouldn't be such a struggle. (And maybe it is a full black, but the shiny paper effect makes it look like a dim gray at best to me.) More light doesn't help since that just makes the shiny glow off the paper worse. The contrast is simply poor and I can't stand reading this book more than a few minutes at a time, which is really frustrating because the information is so valuable that I am compelled to suffer through it. It's really hard to read and I'm very disappointed about that. Even the orange-bownish text used on captions is substantial enough to be easier to read than the main text. The binding is nice, and overall it's a nice well-made book. I can't honestly go lower than a 2 on the quality because it is a quality product. There's a lot of good photos, and maybe that's the reason for the paper type. Let's say the physical book gets a 5, but the #$%^$ main text font gets a -1 million rating.
EDIT: I'm going to try and upload a picture showing what I'm talking about, and I apologize if my camera isn't the greatest. This is a bit of page 48 and 49. Most pages are like 48 with that thin font. For some strange reason the first page or 2 of each section is like page 49, and it's much easier to read even still having a little glare from the paper. Nearly every heading is low contrast gray-on-white, or medium blue on light blue, etc, when there's perfectly readable black and white (or at least higher contrast color choices) nearby. Due to these font and color design choices I am constantly tilting the book to try and reduce glare, or leaning in and squinting to make out some low-contrast text, and in the end the eye-strain makes me want to throw the book at the wall. Maybe the facebook-generation has no visual issues with everything being low-contrast, (and maybe they can see in the dark for all I know), but it really ruins what would otherwise be a great book for me.
Kelly drives home the point that our bodies were designed to move a certain way, and sitting is very detrimental to us.
After reading this book I began to notice a change in my own life as I sat less, or improved posture while sitting. Being a full-time college student, I cannot escape from being tied down to a chair most of the day. I am however able to manage how I sit and correct the damage done by sitting. Not only is it all about sitting less, but standing more, and how to stand correctly. He teaches to keep your feet pointed straight, giving your glutes and abs a 20% constant squeeze. After standing for a while we all experience fatigue, and what I love most about the book is he gives so many suggestions for what can be done in any situation to not give in to slouching back into a chair. It is a must read for anyone looking to improve their health in a simply but meaningful way.
Deskbound is a reference book divided into sections where an introduction is given about various topics and more detailed information is covered as the chapters of the sections are investigated. Posture and moving well are covered in the early part of the book. This is followed by a section called The Dynamic Workstation that discusses the benefits of using a standing desk. The next part looks at sitting in a way that allows for optimal positioning. In the last third of the book, the writers discuss basic maintenance of the body, plus activities that can be used to achieve this outcome.
There is a short afterword that mentions how the Starretts were successful in introducing standing desks into the classrooms of their children. With further support from the principal, this idea was expanded to other year levels in the school. Thereafter, with a number of other interested parties, standupkids.org was established with the aim of encouraging more schools across the United States to use standing desks in their schools.
This book provides its readers with some thought provoking ideas about the impact of sitting and how it affects modern lives. It considers a number of useful alternatives that may be helpful in maintaining positive health.