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This book tells you HOW and WHY and WHEN to stretch. The photos make it easy to learn the various stretches. This book allows anyone to customize their own stetching program to exactly what their own focus needs to be. I use it as a powerlifter, my wife uses it as a dancer, my boss even used it…Read More
By Pavel Tsatsouline
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You have to be careful throwing superlatives around when talking about a new idea or product lest you be mistaken for a brainless, giddy cheerleader. I tell you truly that 'Relax Into Stretch' is superb; I'd run out of superlatives and might sound like a cheerleader so I won't go the traditional praise route. Why is this book so important to the fitness community? Stretching has always been associated with any serious fitness effort and Tsatsouline's approach to this old discipline is fresh and unique and thought provoking. Best of all, this book combines philosophic insight with in-your-face reality as Pavel shares with the reader 'drills' that turn you into what this former Russian Spetznaz instructor calls ' a flexibility mutant'. What red-blooded American fitness devotee wouldn't aspire to mutation? This book supplies both the road map and the methodology. Don't ask to borrow my copy."
Marty Gallagher, WashingtonPost.com columnist,
World Masters Powerlifting Champion
"Pavel has great ideas on flexibility and strength exercises."
Bill Superfoot Wallace, M.Sc.,
World Kickboxing Champion
"Conventional stretching attempts to literally elongate your tissues, which is dangerous and ineffective. Relax into Stretch simply teaches your muscles to relax into a stretch. If you compare traditional training to a messy hardware reorganization, then Relax into Stretch is an efficient software upgrade.
While stretching tissues may take years, changes in the nervous system are immediate! Your muscles will start noticeably elongating from your first Relax into Stretch practice and within months you will have achieved a level of flexibility uncommon to our species."
Stretching is NOT the best way to become flexible
Waiting out the Tension
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
Isometric stretching rules!
Extreme flexibility through Contrast Breathing
The final frontier:
Why you should not stretch your ligaments
Stretching when injured
The demographics of stretching
The details, the schedule: Isometric stretches
The Relax into Stretch drills
How much flexibility do you really need?
When flexibility is hard to come by, build strength
Two more plateau busting strategies from the iron world
Advanced Russian Drills for Extreme Flexibility
Relax into Stretch delivers instant flexibility! Page 138
This book tells you HOW and WHY and WHEN to stretch. The photos make it easy to learn the various stretches. This book allows anyone to customize their own stetching program to exactly what their own focus needs to be. I use it as a powerlifter, my wife uses it as a dancer, my boss even used it to get ready to take a ski vacation. A must for every athlete.
Pavel provides the ultimate in stretching techniques. If you have spent any time in your life being instructed to stretch tendons and ligaments, you now have the ability to lay those dangerous myths to rest and get on with stretching that not only works like a miracle but makes you feel incredibly good. So good I can't put it into words. Pavel will tell you the rest.
Relax Into Stretch will teach you how to be as flexible as a yoga student while being as strong as you wish, all from a few minutes per day two or three times per week. Relax Into Stretch is for people who want to be both flexible and strong, and the principles it will teach you can help you stay strong and injury-free in all the activities of your daily life, not just stretching.
I had a severely herniated lumbar disc a few years back; Pavel's "Power To The People!" was the beginning of my salvation, his "Russian Kettlebell Challenge" taught me to add endurance and some flexibility to my strength, and "Relax Into Stretch" was the icing on the cake, teaching me how to go from not being able to touch my toes to being able to do splits within the space of 6 months while almost 50 years old!
Picture of me in a split - that says it all, and I owe it all to "Relax Into Stretch.
Pavel lines out more information on stretching than I got during the entire 6 years I spent earning a Bachelors degree in exercise physiology and Masters in physical therapy! The information is clear, easy to read, and works like a charm! I've stretched fairly aggressively over the years with the knowledge I had, but I've made significant gains over the past couple weeks with the information contained on these pages! If you want to do the splits you should get this book!
I bought the book as a supplement to the DVD. Frankly the book is quite expensive, and I was concerned whether the amount of material contained therein is worth the cost. However, the quality of the information, on both the DVD and the book, most certainly is. I am recovering from a back injuty that had me laid out for 5 weeks. Part of the reason for the injury, I am convinced, was from a lack of flexibility. Too much muscle and not enough flexibility. I intend to use Relax Into Stretch and Super Joints, along with yoga and other stretching routines, to ensure I never go though that again. I can already say, it is working well in this regard!
I have purchased almost every book and video on stretching available, and without question this is the best, in my opinion. A great source of information and options for every stretch. A great book to own, particularly for martial artists! Worth more than I paid for it!
One of the best books on stretching I've read. More than just a collection of stretching exercises. It includes essential descriptions of how to make your muscles relax, so you can stretch them to better results.
My boyfriend loves this book -- great pictures and good reading and humor from the author - thanks
I would automatically give this book the highest possible rating on any scale because I've yet to learn about a more effective method of developing flexibility. When I first read this book, I was 6 inches from doing a full side split and couldn't go down any further. This book provides a method that will work when all else fails. After six weeks of using the principles contained in this book in my own flexibility training, I did my first full side split. However, it is very tough. I think that the process of developing extreme flexibility is inevitably painful and uncomfortable. However, this book teaches a person how to distinguish between the pain of progress and the pain of injuring yourself. Lots of the former will result in all the flexibility a person could ever possibly need. I have tried a lot of stretching programs and I would recommend this one because it is the most efficient that I have seen and the only one that I think would guarantee results.
My own interest in this company started with kettlebells and got diverted by Convict Conditioning. Five months into my CC 1 and 2 work, I bought this and Superjoints at the same time. For CC2 people, think of the stretches in this book as being a perfect complement to the Trifecta stretches.Though I've only had this and Superjoints a little over two weeks, and have been a little spotty in my application of them, the results were instantaneous. My hip flexors have always been a little tight- that is no longer the case, and the results stay with you. I would suggest that anyone who has the cash purchase the DVD to go along with the book. I did not, and wish I had. As of right now, my 36 year old frame feels better than ever in my life; most of this I attribute to CC, but that's just because I've had more time to get to grips with the material. That said, I went to my Shotokan class the day after finishing up with all the groin stretching variations, and it was personally satisfying for this white-yellow belt to be more flexible than the brown, red, and black belts. HA. In fact, my all around strength and endurance is outclassing theirs in most of the pure workout stuff.In a couple of months, I'll be purchasing the Enter The Kettlebell set, and add kettlebells to my routine. My intuition is telling me that I'll be at the end of my search for a fitness regime, at least for the next couple of years. This way I'll be able to meet the challenges of life in a body that is more fit than ever.One last thing. I've seen some griping about price. My advice? Get over it. Pavel went to school for this stuff, and is giving us the distilled essence of his knowledge. Also, a $35 dollar investment that will help you avoid going to a hospital for as long as possible is priceless.
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