Anatomy of Stretching

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-06-12
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press

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It doesn't matter if you're a fitness novice or an elite athlete. You should be starting each workout exactly the same way-with a stretching regimen designed to warm up your body and help you achieve a new personal best each time. Without the expertise of a professional trainer and without an expert's understanding of muscle anatomy, it can be hard to know what exercises are best. In 'Anatomy of Stretching', renowned trainer Craig Ramsay shows every exerciser how to get limber and prevent injury. - In Anatomy of Stretching, you'll learn when and how to do a tricep stretch and a shoulder stretch, when to avoid toe touches and hamstring stretches, and why it's important to keep your neck relaxed during a hip flexor stretch. - While taking you through each movement step by step, 'Anatomy of Stretching' also goes beneath the skin to allow you to see just which muscles you are working during each stretch. - Throughout the book, more than 300 full-color images show every pose and every muscle in detail. A full-size poster is also included. Get limber-and get the most out of your workout-with 'Anatomy of Stretching'!

Author Biography

With over ten years of experience, Craig Ramsay is one of the most sought-after trainers in the business. A trained contortionist, ballet dancer, hockey player, fitness model, and Broadway, TV, and film actor, Craig is respected internationally for his knowledge and experience transforming people’s health, bodies, and lives. His clients include some of Hollywood’s top celebrities and professional athletes. Craig’s personal goal is to reach out to all people willing and needing to change their lives. Craig is currently appearing on the Bravo series Thintervention. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 6
Introduction: Stretching for a Better Lifep. 8
Build a Stretching Routinep. 10
Full-Body Anatomyp. 18
The Stretching Sessionp. 20
Assisted Foot Stretchesp. 22
Pointp. 22
Flexionp. 22
Slope-Downp. 23
Slope-Upp. 23
Band-Assisted Stretchesp. 24
Wing Stretchp. 24
Sickle Stretchp. 25
Seated Leg Cradlep. 26
Unilateral Seated Forward Bendp. 27
Bilateral Seated Forward Bendp. 28
Butterfly Stretchesp. 30
Seated Butterflyp. 30
Folded Butterflyp. 31
Scoop Rhomboidsp. 32
Front Deltoid Towel Stretchp. 33
Lying-Down Arch Stretchp. 34
Lying-Down Groin Stretchp. 35
Lying-Down Pretzel Stretchp. 36
Unilateral Leg Stretchesp. 38
Unilateral Knee-to-Chest Stretchp. 38
Unilateral Leg Raisep. 39
Hip Adductor Stretchp. 40
Lying-Down Figure 4p. 42
Internal Hip Rotator Stretchp. 44
Happy Baby Stretchp. 46
Side-Lying Rib Stretchp. 48
Side-Lying Knee Bendp. 50
Cobra Stretchp. 52
Back Stretchesp. 54
Child's Posep. 54
Kneeling Lat Stretchp. 55
Cat Stretchp. 55
Pigeon Stretchp. 56
Shin Stretchp. 58
Frog Straddlep. 60
Half Straddle Stretchesp. 62
Half Straddlep. 62
Side-Leaning Half Straddlep. 63
Double-Leg Straddle Splitp. 64
Chest-to-Thigh Straddle Splitp. 66
Chest-to-Floor Straddle Splitp. 68
Toe Touchp. 70
Standing Back Rollp. 71
Good Morning Stretchp. 72
Scalp and Facial Stretchesp. 74
Scalp Stretchp. 74
Lion Stretchp. 75
Eye Box Stretchp. 75
Neck Stretchesp. 76
Side Neck Tiltp. 76
Downward Neck Tiltp. 76
Upward Neck Tiltp. 77
Neck and Head Turnp. 77
Back-of-the-Neck Stretchp. 77
Triceps Stretchp. 78
Biceps Stretchp. 79
Wall-Assisted Chest Stretchp. 80
Forearm Stretchesp. 82
Wrist Flexionp. 82
Wrist Extensionp. 83
Calf Stretchesp. 84
Calf Heel Dropp. 84
Toe-Up Calf Stretchp. 85
Standing Quadriceps Stretchp. 86
Kneeling Sprinter Stretchp. 87
Sumo Squatp. 88
Side-Leaning Sumo Squatp. 90
Side-Lunge Stretchp. 92
Forward Lungep. 94
Forward Lunge with Twistp. 96
Straight-Leg Lungep. 98
Downward-Facing Dogp. 100
Wide-Legged Forward Bendp. 102
Partner Stretchesp. 104
Assisted Butterfly Stretchp. 106
Assisted Happy Babyp. 107
Assisted Unilateral Thigh Stretchp. 108
Assisted Unilateral Leg Raisep. 110
Assisted Chest Stretchp. 112
Assisted Seated Forward Bendp. 114
Assisted Child's Posep. 116
Assisted Pretzel Stretchp. 117
Russian Split Switchp. 118
Pregnancy Stretchesp. 120
Torso Rotationp. 122
Hand-on-Knee Stretchp. 124
Lying Pelvic Tiltp. 125
Unilateral Good Morning Stretchp. 126
Cat Stretchp. 127
Downward-Facing Dogp. 128
Office Stretchesp. 130
Workplace Stretch Routinep. 131
Seated Twistsp. 132
Seated Figure 4p. 133
Forward Bend Hip Shiftp. 134
Double-Leg Hingep. 135
Supported Hamstrings Stretchp. 136
Foam Roller Stretchesp. 138
Tennis Ball Foot Massagep. 139
ITB Rollp. 140
Foam Roller Lat Stretchp. 142
Foam Roller Back Stretchp. 143
Calf and Hamstrings Stretchp. 144
Foam Roller Shin Stretchp. 146
Extreme Challengep. 148
Dancer's Lungep. 150
Lying-Down Side Hamstring Stretchp. 151
Bilateral Quad Stretchp. 152
Front Splitp. 153
Russian Splitsp. 154
Russian Splitp. 154
Roll-Through from Russian Splitp. 155
Standing Extensionsp. 156
Assisted Side Tiltp. 156
Standing Leg Extensionp. 157
The Quick Stretch Programp. 158
Credits and Acknowledgmentsp. 160
About the Authorp. 160
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