Recommended Reading: Stretching by Bob Anderson

Stretching by Bob Anderson << HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!! 🙂

Note from lil ole me: If you can afford to buy only one book, then buy this one.  If you can’t afford to buy it then get it through a library.   I used this book so much that I wore out my first copy and had to buy a replacement.   No matter what sport you do, there are stretches for it in this book. There are also general purpose stretches included as well. And it starts from a zero knowledge base which means they explain everything in simple terms. VERY WELL DONE! 🙂

streching coverDescription from ISBN-10: 0936070463 This is the book that people tell their friends about, that trainers suggest for virtually every sport and activity, and that medical professionals recommend to people just starting to get back in shape. Stretching first appeared in 1980 as a new generation of Americans became committed to running, cycling, aerobic training, and workouts in the gym — all of which are commonplace now.

It features stretching routines specific to a variety of people, including sports enthusiasts, travelers, children, gardeners, and people in wheelchairs. There is also an abbreviated version of each routine for people in a hurry, new information on the stretching vs. warming up debate, and new and improved drawings. This 30th anniversary edition features two-color inks to better define the muscle groups helped by each stretching exercise. A new section focuses on office fitness exercises, helpful for both home and office computer users.

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Posted on Sun, Jan 8, 2012, in Misc and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. static or dynamic stretches?


    • The Bob Anderson book focuses on Static and Passive stretches. There is an excellent chapter in the front of the Anderson book with good illustrations that describe how to correctly stretch and how to avoid triggering the stretch reflex, and how to prevent injury.

      Useful for anyone, the book is really intended for someone just starting on a fitness and exercise program, needing a book that will take them zero through the “exercising for fitness” level but not all the way up to the athlete/training for competition level.

      For Dynamic stretches, and for folks who need more advanced or sports specific information I would recommend looking at the Anatomy series of books from Human Kinetics. Since you’re a runner and training for a marathon, I would specifically recommend the Running Anatomy book.

      Human Kinetics is a specialty publisher who has a whole line of sports related books. The Anatomy Series focuses on stretching. Both Passive/Static and dynamic stretches are included. I have the Dance Anatomy book and it is awesome but it is not really intended for the person who is just getting started on a fitness and exercise program.

      Hope this extra info helps! 🙂


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