• Stretching for Beginners

  • A Comprehensive Beginner's Guide to Learning the Realms of Stretching from A-Z, Increase Flexibility and Gain Strength
  • By: Martha Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Ben Herold
  • Length: 3 hrs
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Publisher's Summary

With the help of this book, you are going to learn the techniques and value of stretching. You will know how to adjust your body to reach a certain position, how to stretch if something hurts, how to stretch to gain energy and feel rejuvenated, and what to do if you accidentally stretch yourself a bit over the limit. This book aims to educate you on the purpose of each stretch, when to stretch, and how to acquire the skills you need to reach a bit further than yesterday.

We’re going to talk about:

  • Correct stretching positions. Believe it or not, it is not enough to just do the stretches consistently. To benefit from these stretches, you need to learn how to perform them correctly to get the maximum out of each position.
  • Stretching poses. Each stretching pose brings its own purpose and challenges, and it depends on your own flexibility. Just because something seems simple enough doesn’t mean that it will be. On the other hand, you may be surprised at how easy you may find it to assume a certain position you thought to be complicated and way over your head.
  • How much stretching is enough? As good as stretching is for your body and health, there is a limit to everything. Here we will learn how much stretching is enough and how to find that golden limit that works best for you.
  • Stretching for different purposes - pain relief, relaxation, energy, and more. Learning how to stretch to make yourself feel better physically or emotionally will be immensely significant for you. This is how we learn to manage stress and tension.
  • How often should we stretch to obtain optimal body balance? How often do we make it a habit to perform our stretches? The frequency of stretching has a big role in the development of a good and healthy stretching habit.

We divided this book into chapters, each focusing on stretches with a different purpose to make this book easy to use. Furthermore, each chapter is divided into different sections describing stretches that focus on a separate muscle group or a part of the body. Each stretch is described in detail with warm-up time, routine, and follow-up if needed. 

In short, the first chapter contains stretches to relieve stress and help yourself through rough days, while the second chapter focuses on stretches to relieve pain and keep yourself in shape. The third one focuses on stretches that would improve the flexibility of different parts of your body. The fourth chapter explains how you can tone your muscles through stretching and get a fitter and more toned look. The fifth chapter deals with stretches that will increase your overall body strength and resilience. The sixth chapter focuses on weight loss stretches, and the last chapter discusses stretches you can do at work. 

Each of these chapters contains valuable information on stretching and what to keep an eye on while you are stretching.

©2021 Martha Hamilton (P)2021 Martha Hamilton

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Excellent!

This book Shows a ton of stretches that will improve flexibility and strengthen your core. Leads you through the stretches from beginners to advanced. If you need an alternative to a gym membership. If you want to get more fit in the comfort of your home this is a great resource!

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It's great to have.

This wonderfully narrated, step-by-step guide on while stretching. It is a very comprehensive set of instructions that walks me through the process to give the best overall muscle release. Whether beginner or more advanced, there's plenty to find here. I feel much looser following. All without having to go to the gym!

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Simple and effective

Use techniques here to get more flexible without sacrificing strength. Some very technical parts for those interested in the mechanics behind stretching.

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Stretching scientifically

Stretching scientifically is the ultimate book on stretching. It includes the different types of stretches, their benefits, and guides setting up proper stretching methods and doing it best.

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Brilliant

I've learned a few books on stretching but I always come back to this one. this is not for fast easy results, but a properly maintained gain in flexibility. a source!

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Overall a great resource

The methods are simple once properly understood. It is however laid out in a slightly confusing manner and order. The first couple of chapters present a lot of studies and their sometimes conflicting results in a neutral way, which is a bit baffling and quite boring.

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Well written and narrated

The exercises are tough and demand regular training. If you follow the recommendations, splits are virtually guaranteed.

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Information is highly useful

The instructions are easy to follow, and the information is highly useful. When the book is used as intended--listen to the instructions--the results are as rapid as genetics, discipline, and time allow.

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Perfect stretching book

I would recommend it for anyone that would like to go into yoga and stretching exercises. That does not what stress of going into the gym or joining a group. This book is a must to go back to and one that I will use time and time again.

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Good approach.

Good approach. very good information and step-by-step guidelines for people. I appreciate this method and follow it's regularly.

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  • Lynch
  • 01-02-22

Must listen.

The best no gym guide audiobook! It contains a wide variety of stretching exercises and also includes from beginner to advanced. This book is also good if you love meditating. Must listen.

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  • Barber
  • 12-05-21

I needed this so bad!

I have been been working out at home for a while now, and the one thing I miss the most is having trainers help me stretch - or at least suggest stretches. So, this audiobook was exactly what I needed. Great descriptions to make all of the stretches easy to visualize. And a ton of variety. I'll be listening to this often. Recommend!!

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  • Bird
  • 12-05-21

I appreciated that exercises

This book is aimed at athletes and ballerinas who are in much better shape and more flexible than I am. Some of the positions are too advanced for me, but many are not. I appreciated that the exercises had images to demonstrate the proper position.

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  • Hunter
  • 12-03-21

Would recommend.

Just the audiobook I was waiting for!! Easy to follow instructions with lots of encouragement and guidance. I know for sure I will keep listening to this over and over as I begin to develop my program and routine, and you also get free illustrations of the poses you just have to email the author which is a nice touch. Would recommend.

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  • Miah
  • 11-28-21

Worth it

Great book if you have no access to the gym and just want to do some exercise at home and keep fit at the same time. It is worth listening to the book.