Master the Art of Workout: Raising Your Performance with the Alexander Technique

Master the Art of Workout: Raising Your Performance with the Alexander Technique

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By (author) Malcolm Balk, By (author) Andrew Shields

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  • Publisher: COLLINS & BROWN
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 218mm x 14mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 28 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843403501
  • ISBN 13: 9781843403500
  • Illustrations note: 60 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 221,956

Product description

Although gym membership is on the increase, the way people actually exercise in the gym is rarely correct and frequently causes injury. Activities that should be pleasurable and fulfilling often end up being frustrating, can cause injury or are simply regarded as boring. Often the desired effects are not achieved due to bad technique. "Master the Art of Workout" teaches us how to approach our gym workout in a new and refreshing way. We are encouraged to look at working out as an art rather than just a means to an end. Balk and Shields have developed a way of improving a gym workout using the principles of the Alexander Technique. This simple method promotes coordination, balance, posture, the importance of the relationship between the head neck and back, body awareness and efficient body use. The book teaches that if you focus on what you are doing and all these things are done properly, then the workout will achieve the desired effect. The author look at all aspects of gym exercise including resistance training, using gym machines, fitness classes including aerobics, step, pilates, yoga and Tai chi. The book has illustrations showing the wrong and right technique.

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Andrew Shields is Sport and Health Editor of Time Out London magazine, and the author of four books including the best-selling The Lad Done Bad: Sex, Sleaze and Scandal in English Football. He has twice been runner-up in the British Sports Journalism Awards. He is a UK Athletics development coach working with the London Active Partnership, from whom he received a Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Coaching in 2005. A former nationally ranked triple jumper, he now competes in masters' events. Malcolm Balk is a masters' athlete and former head coach of Concordia University's track and cross country programmes. Malcolm now teaches the Alexander Technique in Montreal, Quebec. They are also the authors of Master the Art of Running. Other titles in this series include Master the Art of Running (1843403390) and Master the Art of Swimming (1843403498).