Book Review: Anatomy of Stretching by Craig Ramsay

1 Aug

By Dr. Joseph S Marseca, BLOGCRITICS.ORG

Anatomy of Stretching by Craig Ramsay is a fairly comprehensive rendition on the various stretch exercises that can be done to train the limbs to move in an enhanced full range of motion. The beauty of this book is that the author presents numerous diagrams of the torso engaging in stretches to achieve a greater range of motion than can be obtained through standard exercises and sports. The author’s objective is to train the body to move in a greater range of motion than a typical sport would require.

Ramsay depicts a series of exercises in standing position or lying down. For instance, there are stretches depicting the torso lying down with the leg stretched outward multi-directionally. In addition, a full range of foot exercises are presented; such as, the circular motion movements. Anatomy of Stretching delves into the internal body structure to allow readers to determine which muscles are being worked out and the sequence of steps necessary to achieve a full body range of motion.

According to Ramsay, each workout should commence with a stretching regimen designed to warm up the body and reach new plateaus of range of motion over time. This goal would be difficult or impossible to achieve without the expertise of a professional trainer knowledgable in the details of muscle anatomy. Readers will learn how to do a tricep stretch or a shoulder stretch. In addition, it’s critical to keep the neck relaxed during a hip flexor stretch.

Ramsay depicts a series of exercises in standing position or lying down. For instance, there are stretches depicting the torso lying down with the leg stretched outward multi-directionally. In addition, a full range of foot exercises are presented; such as, the circular motion movements. Anatomy of Stretching delves into the internal body structure to allow readers to determine which muscles are being worked out and the sequence of steps necessary to achieve a full body range of motion.

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