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Delavier's Stretching Anatomy

Delavier's Stretching Anatomy



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    Get an inside view of the muscles in action during every stretch you perform!

    Delavier’s Stretching Anatomy is your guide for increasing flexibility, improving range of motion, toning muscles, and relieving pain and discomfort. The very best stretches for shoulders, chest, arms, torso, back, hips, and legs are all here, and all in the stunning detail that only Frédéric Delavier can provide.

    With over 550 full-color photos and illustrations, you’ll go inside more than 130 exercises to see how muscles interact with surrounding joints and skeletal structures and learn how variations, progressions, and sequencing can affect muscle recruitment, the underlying structures, and ultimately the results.

    Delavier’s Stretching Anatomy includes 13 proven programs for increasing muscle tone, releasing tension and stress, and optimizing training and performance in 13 sports, including running, cycling, basketball, soccer, golf, and track and field.

    The former editor in chief of PowerMag in France, author and illustrator Frédéric Delavier is a journalist for Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to Men’s Health Germany and several other strength publications. His previous publications, Strength Training Anatomy and Women’s Strength Training Anatomy, have sold more than 2 million copies.

    Table of Contents

    Why Stretching?
    Exercises That Reconnect You With Your Body


    A Natural Method Based On How Your Body Feels, Not How Hard You Push

    Benefits of Stretching
    A Gentle Form of Exercise
    Types of Stretching
    Structuring a Stretching Program
    Learn How to Breathe!
    Breathing and Relaxation
    For Effective Breathing
    Inhaling and Exhaling
    Breathe Deeply, but Find a Natural Rhythm
    Active Breathing
    External Breathing
    Pulmonary Breathing
    Why Athletes Should Stretch
    Stretching Has Five Benefits for Athletes
    Too Much Flexibility Can Diminish Performance
    Athletes Have Four Opportunities to Stretch
    How an Athlete Should Stretch
    Breathing During Stretching
    Stretching Unilaterally
    Stretching to Prevent Problems Associated With Sports


    Stretches for the Neck
    Stretches for the Shoulders and Chest

    To Prevent Shoulder Pain, Stretch the Infraspinatus
    Preventing Shoulder Pain in Athletes
    How to Protect the Infraspinatus
    Stretches for the Arms and Forearms
    Stretches for the Lateral Flexor Muscles in the Torso
    Stretches for the Rotator Muscles in the Torso
    Stretches to Relax the Back

    Preventing Lower Back Pain
    Relaxing the Spinal Column
    Stretches for the Hips
    Importance of Hip Flexibility
    Stretches for the Buttocks
    Stretches for the Quadriceps
    Stretches for the Hamstrings

    Preventing Hamstring Tears
    Stretches for the Adductors
    Stretches for the Calves


    Stretching Programs for Better Muscle Tone and Well-Being

    Beginner Program
    Intermediate Program
    Advanced Program
    Stretching Programs for Athletes
    Guidelines for Programs
    Basic Athletic Program
    Golf and Sports Involving Torso Rotation
    Running Sports, Soccer, and Skating
    Combat Sports
    Throwing Sports (Shot Put, Basketball, and Handball)
    Horseback Riding

    About the Author

    Frédéric Delavier is a gifted artist with an exceptional knowledge of human anatomy. He studied morphology and anatomy for five years at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied dissection for three years at the Paris Faculté de Médecine.

    The former editor in chief of the French magazine PowerMag, Delavier is currently a journalist for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to several other muscle publications, including Men's Health Germany. He is the author of the best-selling Strength Training Anatomy, Women’s Strength Training Anatomy, The Strength Training Anatomy Workout, and Delavier's Core Training Anatomy.

    Delavier won the French powerlifting title in 1988 and makes annual presentations on the sport applications of biomechanics at conferences in Switzerland. His teaching efforts have earned him the Grand Prix de Techniques et de Pédagogie Sportive. Delavier lives in Paris, France.

    Jean-Pierre Clémenceau is a fitness coach to the stars and has trained numerous French celebrities using an approach based on positioning and breathing. Clémenceau has worked with legendary actresses including an Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (Chocolat, The English Patient, Three Colors: Blue, The Unbearable Lightness of Being), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia, The Science of Sleep, I'm Not There, 21 Grams, Elektra recording artist), Emmanuelle Béart (Mission: Impossible, Don Juan, Manon of the Spring), and Jane Birkin (Blow-Up, recording artist, muse to musicians John Barry & Serge Gainsbourg, and namesake for the Hermès Birkin bag). He is the author of over 15 health and fitness books as well as numerous exercise DVDs. He has a background in yoga, shiatsu, and reiki.

    Michael Gundill has written 13 books on strength training, sport nutrition, and health including co-authoring The Strength Training Anatomy Workout. His books have been translated into multiple languages, and he has written over 500 articles for bodybuilding and fitness magazines worldwide, including Iron Man and Dirty Dieting. In 1998 he won the Article of the Year Award at the Fourth Academy of Bodybuilding Fitness & Sports Awards in California.

    Gundill started weightlifting in 1983 in order to improve his rowing performance. Most of his training years were spent completing specific lifting programs in his home. As he gained muscle and refined his program, he began to learn more about physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics and started studying those subjects in medical journals. Since 1995 he has been writing about his discoveries in various bodybuilding and fitness magazines all over the world.