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 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 THE STRETCHES 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 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
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.