Saturday, October 5, 2013

If knowledge is power, then here's a book you need to own...

He's already pretty well known in the CrossFit scene, but Kelly Starrett's work has a place in all athletes' self-care arsenal.  It feels cliche' to say it but the guy is really smart.  Beyond being smart, though, he has a way of organizing and presenting what he knows in a way that is very accessible...and not dumbed down.

I can't tell you how many times I've pointed clients to his website to find their self care instructions.  I will demonstrate or describe what I think they ought to do, but after a session, I'm often throwing more information at them than they are likely to remember.  So I like to give them an internet link to their reference material, instead of asking them to memorize everything.  I have found that this increases their compliance, since they only have to remember to pull up the info and do it.

Now Kelly has put an awful lot of that information into one very comprehensive, very approachable book, Becoming a Supple Leopard:

In the book, he lays out his approach to the body and movements.
He gives you the rationalization for this system, and  keeps it all very straightforward.
Then he breaks down common exercise movements, and the faults many of us are subject to in those movements.
Finally - and here's the payoff - he tells us how we can work to fix them.

When you move more healthily, you will see less pain and less injury, and greater performance.  Pick up Kelly's book, Becoming a Supple Leopard from the Amazon link below.  Get powerful.  Get knowledgeable.