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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.
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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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