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 Frederic 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 Frederic Delavier is a journalist for Le Monde duMuscle 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 10.16mm | 567g
  • Human Kinetics
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • English
  • 311 illustrations, 253 photographs
  • 1450413986
  • 9781450413985
  • 6,008

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

Stretching: A Gentle Form of Exercise

Types of Stretching

Structuring a Stretching Program

Learn How to Breathe!

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


Neck Stretches

Stretches for the Shoulders and Chest Muscles

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

Stretching the Hips

Importance of Hip Flexibility

Stretching the Buttocks

Stretching the Quadriceps

Hamstring Stretches

Preventing Hamstring Tears

Adductor Stretches

Calf Stretches


Stretching Programs for Better Muscle Tone and Well-Being

Beginner Program

Intermediate Program

Advanced Program

Stretching Programs for Athletes

Guidelines on Programs

Basic Athletic Program

Program for Golf and Sports Involving Torso Rotation

Program for Running Sports, Soccer, and Skating

Skiing Program

Program for Combat Sports

Cycling Program

Program for Throwing Sports (Shot Put, Basketball, and Handball)

Horseback Riding Program

Swimming Program.

Bodybuilding Program
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About Frederic Delavier

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

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 Pedagogie Sportive. Delavier lives in Paris, France.

Jean-Pierre Clemenceau is a fitness coach to the stars and has trained numerous French celebrities using an approach based on positioning and breathing. Clemenceau 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 Beart (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 Hermes 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.
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Received a defective book. Page tear and extra binded torn page, missing pages 17 to 32. Otherwise the contents of the book are really good. Would have rated it 5 based on the content alone, but due to the binding issues it surely doesn't deserve that. Book replacement sent very quickly. Excellent customer more
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