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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 andWomen’s Strength Training Anatomy, have sold more than 2 million copies. 

 


Contents

INTRODUCTION 
Why Stretching? 
Exercises That Reconnect You With Your Body 

STRETCHING: A USER’S MANUAL 

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

THE STRETCHES 

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

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
Skiing 
Combat Sports 
Cycling 
Throwing Sports (Shot Put, Basketball, and Handball) 
Horseback Riding 
Swimming 
Bodybuilding 

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