Becoming a Supple Leopard

By Kelly Starrett, Glen Cordoza,

Book cover of Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance

Book description

Revised and expanded edition! Improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat body stiffness and achy joints, and rehabilitate injuries - all without having to seek out a coach, doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist or masseur. In Becoming a Supple Leopard , Kelly Starrett - founder of - shares…

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2 authors picked Becoming a Supple Leopard as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

My own clinical approach is based on subtly working with the body. This book gives me many other necessary tools. A stronger, harsh, even brutal approach, which is sometimes necessary, can be found within these pages.

This book remains part of my ‘go-to’ guide for the constant prehab and rehab of everyday life. I love to row, a tough sport that requires a tailored approach to prevent injuries and guide me through land-based exercises.

On a theoretical side, I recognize many good fundamental principles that apply to other areas of movement once mastered. 

From Owen's list on anatomy and movement at books core.

This book is a little off the beaten path too. One of the big issues that make athletes and recreational athletes quit their fitness journey is injuries. Supple Leopard aims to help an athlete use prehabilitation (“pre-rehabilitation”) methods to prevent pain and injuries. Often athletes may neglect their flexibility or mobility which leaves them with excessive tightness and sometimes dysfunction. One small fault in reading is that it’s easy to overemphasize using certain methods in this book to attempt to fix their issues (e.g. pain, tightness, lack of mobility) and neglect specifically targeted exercises addressing underlying issues like weakness, lack…

From Steven's list on construct your own fitness routines.

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