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Full-Body Flexibility-A Review
This is a review of the book “Full-Body Flexibility”, by Jay Blahnik. The “3-step Method for Flexibility, Mobility, and Strength” includes (as described by Blahnik):
“Step 1: Maximize your range of motion in each stretch.”
“Step 2: Minimize the difference between passive and active flexibility around each joint and within each muscle group.”
"Step 3: “Equalize the range of motion in the left and right sides of the body as well as the front and back sides of the body.”
Flexibility is often thought of as a choice. If you are running out of time during your workout you may forgo the stretching. However, flexibility is one of three major components of fitness and plays an important role in a complete balanced workout. Blahnik is avid about the need to stretch more often. He suggests people will get a “nudge” from the book and include more stretching in their fitness routines.
This is a beautiful book. It is illustrated with clear color pages that include 175 individual stretches. Each stretch is shown with a picture and step-by-step instructions on how to perform the pose. The instructions are precise and easy to follow.
Blahnik has designed the book around 5 sections of the human body. Each chapter is based on one of these sections and includes stretches for the major muscle groups included in the specific section. He also includes a chapter of stretches which he calls “multiregion” and a chapter of stretches for Sport Mobility.
One part of the book that I highly valued was the “Stretch Finder” charts. These charts include the names of the stretches, what region of the body is affected by each stretch, and the page number of the stretch in the book. They are well illustrated and easy to read.
Part III of the book is titled “Fitness and Sport Routines”. There are over 20 prepared routines such as: General Stretch Routines for Total Body, Sport Stretches, and Specialty Stretch Routines. The practices are illustrated with the poses and the page numbers where the pose can be found.
The photos in the book portray ideal range of motion. I found this misleading. Most people do not have ideal range of motion so it is unwise to try to achieve the stretch shown in the photos. Blahnik addresses range of motion in chapter 2, step one “Maximize” as part of “The Three-Step Stretch System”.
I read the procedures and discussion of range of motion several times before I felt comfortable with the described methods. There is a lot of information in chapter 2 for the reader to digest and I don’t think it will sink in quickly.
The "system” may take a little understanding but the pictures are great; the individual pose instructions are clear and specific; and the charts are fun and useful. The stretching routines are well designed and flow easily. Overall, I loved this book and highly recommend it.
I reviewed the 2nd edition of Full-Body Flexibility, by Jay Blahnik, (Nov. 2, 2010), available in paperback. This review was based on my personal copy of the book which was purchased by me with my own funds.
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