Bestseller now with online video

16 January 2014, 13:30

Facilitated Stretching remains the most trusted resource for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching, an effective and easy-to-use method that involves stretching the muscle, contracting it isometrically against resistance and then stretching it again to increase range of motion.

Stretches are grouped according to each joint, and the majority of the stretches include both a partner stretch version and a self-stretch version. The accompanying online video then demonstrates more than 90 of these stretches to reinforce proper technique for each stretch as well as four sample stretching routines.

Normal Price: £22.49 l €29.25
HK Rewards Members’ Price: £17.99 l €23.40

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Increase flexibility and improve muscular strength

14 November 2013, 11:20

Visually stunning and immediately accessible, this best-selling guide combines step-by-step instructions for performing 86 stretches with 110 full-colour anatomical illustrations highlighting the primary muscles and surrounding structures engaged.

More than simply an instruction manual, Stretching Anatomy includes a “Stretch Focus” section that details the procedure and utility for each exercise as well as safety considerations, benefits and variations for increasing or decreasing difficulty.

Stretching provides numerous benefits, including improved flexibility, stamina, posture and muscular strength as well as reduced muscle soreness.

Normal Price: £14.99 l €19.50
HK Rewards Members’ Price: £11.99 l €15.60

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Getting children moving

8 February 2012, 14:48

Learning Through Movement and Music gets primary and secondary school pupils moving while teaching them about their bodies, health and fitness concepts, and assessment of their fitness abilities.

The accompanying DVD contains video clips that introduce each of the 14 activities, posters that reinforce the health and fitness concepts as well as the song lyrics and assessments, which can printed off on your printer.

The activities are a great blend of movement and academic concepts and are suited for use in both PE classes and regular classrooms.

Price: £27.99 | €33.60
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Stretching Anatomy by Frédéric Delavier

14 November 2011, 11:26

Get an inside view of the muscles in action during every stretch you perform!

Delavier’s Stretching Anatomy is your guide for increasing flexibility, improving range of motion, toning muscles and relieving pain and discomfort.

The very best stretches for shoulders, chest, arms, torso, back, hips and legs are all here and all in the usual stunning detail that only Frédéric Delavier can provide.

Price: £14.99 I €18.00
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In Dublin’s fair City

19 May 2011, 10:02

Chris Frederick, author of Stretch to Win is holding a series of workshops in Dublin on “Fascial Stretch Therapy – Level 1”

The workshops will take place between June 27th and July 1st and anyone wishing to attend should contact Chris at chris@stretchtowin.com

Chris is founder and owner of The Stretch To Win Institute which trains and certifies practitioners in Fascial Stretch Therapy™, a unique, complete and complementary system of table-based, assisted stretching, focusing on the fascia as the key element in achieving optimal flexibility, strength, performance and pain relief.

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Stretching belief

5 April 2011, 09:43

Elite athletes have long recognized the value of personalized stretching programmes to improve flexibility and prevent injury.

What you might not know is that many of those targeted stretches have a much broader application, one that you can easily incorporate into your own daily routine.

Prescriptive Stretching features full-colour anatomical illustrations and step-by-step instructions for 40 of the most effective stretches to eliminate pain, alleviate muscle soreness, improve balance and flexibility, and prevent common injuries.

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Developing flexibility, balance and strength

25 November 2010, 13:41

Improve flexibility, balance and strength in three steps!

The Full-Body Flexibility system takes the best stretching techniques from yoga, Pilates, martial arts and sports training and combines them to create a series of stretching sequences that can be used for warm-up, cool-down and challenging fitness workouts.

Use the step-by-step instruction and detailed full-colour sequences to enhance your body’s natural movement, reduce muscular tension, strengthen joints, improve posture and take your athletic performance to new heights.

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Stretching a point

24 November 2010, 11:20

A team of Welsh inventors behind a unique powered stretching machine have won the top award at the International Invention Show of the Middle East (IIFME) in Kuwait.

It earned it’s inventors Robert Clarke and John Lockwood the gold medal for the best medical device at the show and also the best invention at the show which carries a US $15,000 prize.

SIRA is a user-controlled, powered stretching aid which stretches the entire posterior muscles groups in two movements and is the first machine of its kind.

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Learn the fundamentals of weight training safely

23 April 2010, 11:12

Recent research (see above) has shown an alarming rise in injuries related to weight training and highlighted the need for proper instruction. Fundamental Weight Training is your guide to learning the basics safely, effectively and in less time.

Over 100 exercises or use in either the gym or at home are explained with the help of photo demonstrations, supported with step-by-step descriptions.

Every aspect of an introductory weight programme is covered including exercises and routines to target key areas in every muscle group and stretching routines to prevent injuries.

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Stretching a point

16 April 2010, 09:30

Many people take it for granted that they should start their exercise routines with some stretching on the spot, hoping it will loosen them up for their work-out.

However, many fitness experts now agree this kind of static stretching before exercise is not just counter-productive, but potentially harmful.

Traditional stretches, such as people bending over to touch their toes or stretch their legs on a fence, often cause the muscles to tighten rather than relax which is the exact opposite of what is needed for physical activity.

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