Book review: Complete guide to stretching

Stretching has always been an under written about area within the fitness industry. I had the pleasure of reading Christopher Norris’ Complete Guide to Stretching, which is part of the now infamous series by publishers A&C Black.

As with all the ‘Complete Guides to…’ the book is a very easy read with some great information for anyone who is considering improving their flexibility routine. The book starts off with a very good chapter on the biomechanics of stretching, followed by a chapter on posture. These in my view are vital to fully understand the underpinning concepts regarding flexibility that are covered later in the book.

I found the chapter on measuring flexibility to be particularly of interest as it gives you the tools you need in order to set a benchmark in terms of flexibility from which to judge any developments from.  This is a particularly interesting tool for all you out there who have poor ranges of motion, when I did mine I was heavily motivated to improve my flexibility routine to help me get a better range of motion.

The book contains a good balance between theoretical knowledge and practical advice that can be applied to yourself or your clients. If you’re stretching routine is a little limited I would strongly recommend this book and blow your clients away with some new stretches!

Check this book out at Amazon.

Tom has been involved in the fitness industry for nearly 20 years. He is a specialist in rehabilitation, exercise referral and helping other fitness professionals to improve their business. He is also involved with course development, teaching, assessing and IQA of a range of training courses. He is always willing to meet other professionals so please do contact him via social media with any questions or just to say hello.

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