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.
Anatomy of Stretching concentrates on the proper form and execution of stretching exercises before a full workout. This emphasis will result in the achievement of a greater range of motion and less injuries since the body is prepared more fully prior to the workout. The expertise of a professional trainer is most useful in pointing out which stretches are best and the reasons why. The presentation is easy to understand and implement. There are numerous pictures depicting the classic stretches throughout the book. Readers should consult with their medical care providers and physical therapists in conjunction with implementing the stretching sequences referenced by the author.