The Whartons' Stretch Book: Featuring the Breakthrough Method of Active-isolated Stretching

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Times Books, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 253 pages
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Whether you're a serious competitor or weekend warrior, you know that proper stretching before and after your workout can improve your performance, increase your flexibility, help prevent injury, and make you feel better. But did you know that the traditional way of stretching -- lock your knees, bounce, hold, hurt, hold longer -- actually makes muscles tighter and more prone to injury?

There's a new and better way to stretch: Active-Isolated Stretching. And with The Whartons' Stretch Book,  the method used successfully by scores of professional, amateur, and Olympic athletes is now available to everyone.

This groundbreaking technique, developed by researchers, coaches, and trainers, and pioneered by Jim and Phil Wharton, is your new exercise prescription. The routine is simple: First, you prepare to stretch one isolated muscle at a time. Then you actively contract the muscle opposite the isolated muscle, which will then relax in preparation for its stretch. You stretch it gently and quickly -- for no more than two seconds -- and release it before it goes into its protective contraction. Then you repeat. Simple, but the results are outstanding. The Whartons' Stretch Book explains it all.

Part I contains the Active-Isolated Stretch Catalog, with fully illustrated, easy-to-follow stretches for each of five body zones, from neck and shoulders to trunk, arms, and legs -- over fifty stretches in all. Part II offers specific stretching prescriptions for over fifty-five sports and activities, from running, tennis, track, and aerobics to skiing, skating, and swimming. You'll also find advice on stretching for daily activities such as driving, working at a desk, lifting, and keyboarding. Part III discusses stretching for life, with specific recommendations for expectant mothers and older athletes. It also includes specific stretching exercises that could help you avoid unnecessary surgery.

Give Active-Isolated Stretching a try for three weeks. You'll never go back to your old stretching routines again.
 

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Review: The Whartons' Stretch Book

User Review  - Jerry Gartner - Goodreads

An excellent resource for athletes and non-athletes alike. It's not the traditional stretch that most of us are used to. I've seen great results getting warmed up and reducing swelling and speeding recovery after runs. You don't have to have aches and pains - just good stretch regimen! Read full review

Review: The Whartons' Stretch Book

User Review  - Goodreads

An excellent resource for athletes and non-athletes alike. It's not the traditional stretch that most of us are used to. I've seen great results getting warmed up and reducing swelling and speeding recovery after runs. You don't have to have aches and pains - just good stretch regimen! Read full review

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Contents

Upper Legs Hips and Trunk The Foundation
9
Shoulders
45
Neck 67
66
Arms Elbows Wrists and Hands
75
Lower Legs Ankles and Feet
91
Sports
119
AerobicsAerobic Dancing
120
BaseballSoftball
121
Discus
130
Fencing
131
Football
132
Golf
134
Gymnastics
135
Hammer Throw
136
Handball
137
High Jump
138

Basketball
122
Bodybuilding
123
Bowling
124
Boxing
125
Canoeing
126
Cricket
127
CrossCountry Skiing
128
Cycling
129
Hiking
139
Hurdles
141
Ice Hockey
142
Understanding What Your Body Is Saying
211
Stretching or Surgery?
219
Index
241
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About the author (1996)

Jim Wharton, an exercise physiologist known as "The Mechanic" (for his ability to finely tune athletes), and his son, Phil, a competitive long-distance runner, are the President and Vice President of Maximum Performance International. Their Active-Isolated Stretching technique is taught in fitness centers and clinics around the world. The Whartons are internationally-known personal trainers who have worked with luminaries in the sports world, from professional football players to Olympic gold medalists.

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