Stretching: 40th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)

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By Bob Anderson, Jean Anderson (Illustrator)
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Stretch with the most popular fitness book in the world--more than 3.75 million copies sold, translated into 23 languages

The benefits of stretching are bountiful, from increased blood flow and better range of motion to improved physical performance and decreased risk of injury. Maximize your fitness journey with the most popular fitness book in the world Stretching by Bob Anderson has been proven effective for decades. Now, with this 40th Anniversary Edition, a new generation can enjoy the advantages of stretching.

With step-by-step illustrations by Jean Anderson, Stretching is user-friendly. It's the book that people tell their friends about, that trainers suggest for virtually every sport and activity, and that medical professionals recommend to people just starting to get back into shape. It features stretching routines specific to a variety of individuals, including sports enthusiasts, travelers, children, gardeners, and wheelchair users. A new section titled "Stretches for the Digital World" presents stretches for people using mobile phones and/or computers--to combat "tech neck"--as well as tips for better posture and stretches to do in an office environment.

This 40th Anniversary Edition contains:

  • 150 stretches with simple instructions for each stretch
  • 17 stretching routines for everyday activities
  • 10 stretching routines for computer users and office workers
  • 37 stretching routines for different sports
  • Graphic index of all 150 stretches, useful for medical professionals and body workers in prescribing stretches for patients
  • Tips on back care, body tools (e.g., personal massagers), and more

Stretching is a great addition on your path to better health. Get started with the guide that has been helping people around the world for more than 40 years.

About the Author

Bob Anderson is the world's most popular stretching authority. For more than 35 years, Bob has taught millions of people his simple approach to stretching. Bob and his wife, Jean, first published a homemade version of Stretching in a garage in Southern California in 1975. The drawings were done by Jean, based on photos she took of Bob doing the stretches. This book was modified and published by Shelter Publications in 1980 for general bookstore distribution and is now known by lay people, as well as medical professionals, as the most user-friendly book on the subject. To date it has sold more than 3.75 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 23 languagesBob is fit and healthy these days, but it wasn't always so. In 1968, he was overweight and out of shape. He began a personal fitness program that got him down more than 50 pounds. Yet, one day, while in a physical-conditioning class in college, he found that he couldn't reach much past his knees in a straight-legged sitting position. So Bob started stretching. He found that he soon felt better and that stretching made his running and cycling easier.The American fitness boom was just beginning, and the millions of people who started working out were discovering the importance of flexibility in their fitness programs. After several years of exercising and stretching with Jean and a small group of friends, Bob gradually developed a method of stretching that could be taught to anyone. Soon, he was teaching his technique to others. He began with professional sports teams: the Denver Broncos, the California (now Los Angeles) Angels, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the New York Jets. He also worked with college teams at Nebraska, UC Berkeley, Washington State, and Southern Methodist University, as well as other amateur and Olympic athletes in a variety of sports. He traveled around the country for years, teaching stretching to people at sports-medicine clinics, athletic clubs, and running camps.In the 1980s, Bob was a serious mountain runner and road biker. For 10 years in a row, he ran the Catalina Island Marathon in Southern California, the 18-mile Imogene Pass run in Telluride, Colorado (which goes over a 13,000-foot-high ridge), and the Pike's Peak Marathon. These days, Bob spends most of his workout time on a mountain bike and hiking in the mountains above his house in Colorado, often going for 3- to 5-hour bike rides in the mountains, with occasional trips to Nevada. Although Bob works out a lot, he knows that training like this is not necessary for the average person to be fit. Through his travels, lectures, and workshops, he's kept in constant touch with people in all degrees of physical condition.Jean Anderson has a B.A. in art from California State University at Long Beach. She began running and cycling--and stretching--with Bob in 1970. She developed a system of shooting photos of Bob performing the stretches, then making clear ink drawings of each stretch position. Jean was the photographer, illustrator, typesetter, and editor of the original homemade edition of Stretching. These days, she oversees the mail-order business of Stretching, Inc., and hikes and cycles to stay in shape.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780936070841
ISBN-10: 0936070846
Publisher: Shelter Publications
Publication Date: October 6th, 2020
Pages: 240
Language: English


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