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Live pain free and maximize your training potential! The Modern Art and Science of Mobility is a striking visual guide to releasing muscle tension and activating muscles for functional motion. It goes beyond traditional training methods that focus on performance and aesthetics and asks these simple questions: Are you truly reaping the full benefits of training if it does not Live pain free and maximize your training potential! The Modern Art and Science of Mobility is a striking visual guide to releasing muscle tension and activating muscles for functional motion. It goes beyond traditional training methods that focus on performance and aesthetics and asks these simple questions: Are you truly reaping the full benefits of training if it does not include mobility exercises? Why are the vast majority of people, even the most athletic individuals, unable to perform basic motor tasks without pain or difficulty? Why are physically active people still dealing with lack of mobility and chronic injury? Whether you are a casual exerciser or an elite athlete, you will learn how to preserve and maintain your body with over 300 exercises designed to improve mobility, facilitate recovery, reduce pain, and activate muscles. Utilize the self-tests to assess your current level of mobility, and then choose from over 30 prescriptive training routines that can be used as is or customized to target specific functional chains. You'll find exercise recommendations based on body region, activity, and primary goal, and you'll learn to incorporate a variety of techniques and popular equipment, including resistance bands, foam rollers, massage balls, and stability balls. The Modern Art and Science of Mobility provides a stunning visual presentation with over 1,200 photos and 100 original illustrations by St�phane Ganneau. His illustrations highlight the muscles with precision, and his avant-garde style and the harmony of colors give this book a unique graphic signature. Mobility is the foundation for training your best and feeling your best. The Modern Art and Science of Mobility will help you do just that by helping you to alleviate pain, improve posture, and release muscle tension for a more comfortable and enjoyable quality of life.


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Live pain free and maximize your training potential! The Modern Art and Science of Mobility is a striking visual guide to releasing muscle tension and activating muscles for functional motion. It goes beyond traditional training methods that focus on performance and aesthetics and asks these simple questions: Are you truly reaping the full benefits of training if it does not Live pain free and maximize your training potential! The Modern Art and Science of Mobility is a striking visual guide to releasing muscle tension and activating muscles for functional motion. It goes beyond traditional training methods that focus on performance and aesthetics and asks these simple questions: Are you truly reaping the full benefits of training if it does not include mobility exercises? Why are the vast majority of people, even the most athletic individuals, unable to perform basic motor tasks without pain or difficulty? Why are physically active people still dealing with lack of mobility and chronic injury? Whether you are a casual exerciser or an elite athlete, you will learn how to preserve and maintain your body with over 300 exercises designed to improve mobility, facilitate recovery, reduce pain, and activate muscles. Utilize the self-tests to assess your current level of mobility, and then choose from over 30 prescriptive training routines that can be used as is or customized to target specific functional chains. You'll find exercise recommendations based on body region, activity, and primary goal, and you'll learn to incorporate a variety of techniques and popular equipment, including resistance bands, foam rollers, massage balls, and stability balls. The Modern Art and Science of Mobility provides a stunning visual presentation with over 1,200 photos and 100 original illustrations by St�phane Ganneau. His illustrations highlight the muscles with precision, and his avant-garde style and the harmony of colors give this book a unique graphic signature. Mobility is the foundation for training your best and feeling your best. The Modern Art and Science of Mobility will help you do just that by helping you to alleviate pain, improve posture, and release muscle tension for a more comfortable and enjoyable quality of life.

50 review for The Modern Art and Science of Mobility

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bernie Gourley

    This book is designed to help athletes (and those who train athletes) increase mobility. The authors draw heavily upon yoga and martial arts drills (especially judo and jujutsu groundwork drills) in addition to the usual suspects of modern fitness – i.e. calisthenics, kettlebell, etc. It’s a visual book. The text is highly distributed toward the first half of the book. The heart of the book is pictures and descriptive captions of the exercises and practices described. This isn’t a complaint. I t This book is designed to help athletes (and those who train athletes) increase mobility. The authors draw heavily upon yoga and martial arts drills (especially judo and jujutsu groundwork drills) in addition to the usual suspects of modern fitness – i.e. calisthenics, kettlebell, etc. It’s a visual book. The text is highly distributed toward the first half of the book. The heart of the book is pictures and descriptive captions of the exercises and practices described. This isn’t a complaint. I think there is sufficient discussion of the topics addressed and that said discussion was clear. The book is organized into four parts, and -- within each part -- by anatomical region. The four parts are: Pain, Breathing, Movement, and Mobility. The section on pain offers many self-massage techniques, often using foam rollers or balls to counteract myofascial pain. I was particularly impressed to see an entire section devoted to breathing, and that it not only explored exercises to free up the diaphragm and intercostals (rib muscles) but also discussed issues such as the role of stress on breath. As mentioned the parts on movement and mobility are heavily oriented toward conveying exercise sequences graphically, and the chapters were oriented by parts of the body. With a book that is so graphically-oriented, it’s important to mention that the photography, anatomical drawings, and diagrams are well done. The photos make it easy to see what is happening. It seemed to me that they used the right number of photographs to convey the movements involved, and they augmented these with arrows and lines to show direction of movement and alignments. It was usually quite clear what the movement was even before reading the captions. The photos are of varied sizes and orientations as needed to convey the exercise at hand. The anatomical drawings are clearly labeled. I will say there were three exercises that I found troubling, but I gave the authors the benefit of the doubt as the book seems to be directed toward athletes. I don’t think these are things that will give most athletically-built people too much trouble especially when practice in moderation. However, as anyone may pick up such a book, I would be cautious of these three activities – especially if you haven’t been training in a while or are new. First, doing loaded lunges (i.e. barbells across the shoulders) with one’s knee way out forward of the toes. As the point of the book is mobility, I don’t have a problem with doing floor exercises on a knee this way, but that’s a lot of pressure to load onto connective tissue. Second, doing cobra (Bhujanga, or what they call “Sphinx”) with straightened arms and thighs resting on the floor. That almost always creates a sharp kink in the back with one spinal process prying into another. One can do Up-Dog (Urdhva Mukta Svanasana) with thighs off the ground or Cobra (Bhujanga) with your navel on the ground, but you shouldn’t confuse the two. Finally, they mention doing a roll up into shoulder stand. Unless you are extremely experienced, this is a bad idea because with the chin tucked into the chest there is very little room for error. Work up into shoulder stand slowly and easily. I will point out that this is what I noticed as a yoga teacher, individuals with other experience may see other issues, but I have some experience with the jujutsu drills and didn’t notice anything problematic. That said, I thought this book was well done. The organization, explanations, and graphics were excellent and it will be a helpful resource for athletes working on mobility issues.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    Chain, Chain, Chain This is an odd, but interesting and helpful, exercise guide. Not in this book will you find grim men and women in skivvies demonstrating standard exercises in some grey high school gym. No, the illustrations are impressionistic water colors of buff skeletons and the exercise photos look like selfies of Greek gods taking an ambrosia break. This book is about the "art and science" of mobility, and it looks the part. At first I scoffed, but by the end I realized that in its own i Chain, Chain, Chain This is an odd, but interesting and helpful, exercise guide. Not in this book will you find grim men and women in skivvies demonstrating standard exercises in some grey high school gym. No, the illustrations are impressionistic water colors of buff skeletons and the exercise photos look like selfies of Greek gods taking an ambrosia break. This book is about the "art and science" of mobility, and it looks the part. At first I scoffed, but by the end I realized that in its own idiosyncratic way this book had gotten me thinking about exercise in novel and useful ways. We open with an extended treatment of pain, trigger points, and self-massage. This seems sort of touchy-feely, and it's actually literally touchy-feely as we go through an extended series of "scans", which are basically movements and tests designed to find sources of pain and, consequently, limited mobility. Various movements are then demonstrated for adding flexibility for each part of the body, (lumbar, thoracic, knee, ankle, and so on), that comes up suspect during a scan. From there we move to breathing. You wouldn't think that breathing required so much attention, (inhale and lift up, exhale and set down), but the treatment of breathing, the mechanics of breathing, and the muscles and structures that relate to breathing, are fascinating. It was by this point that I decided to relax and just go along with the author. The third part of the book, and the heart of it, addresses "movement". The author takes an expansive view of "muscles" and makes a convincing argument that the body is not a collection of discrete muscles, but a much more complex affair involving interconnected chains of muscle, fascia, and related tissue. Think of it as a "whole body" approach, recognizing that the body is a three dimensional construct that moves in three planes and is controlled with chains of muscle and tissue that run from head to toe along the front, back, and sides of the body. Exercises that isolate individual muscles, (say, a biceps curl), don't contribute to overall smooth and painless movement nearly as much as complex exercises that challenge and energize entire chains. We then move on to "mobility", which focuses on flexibility, motor control, balance, and strength. Much of this section, though, involves stretches and massage. That's the crux of the message, and the rest of the book lays out sets, or series, of movements and exercises that are focused on different muscle chains. Some of the exercises are familiar, (stretches out of the cat pose, bridges), and some are novel. Lots of use of rollers and balls. Unlike most exercise books I didn't see this one as leading to the design of a rigorous single exercise program. It seemed more like a very thorough and well organized menu of choices that you could consult and pick from as needs required. (Heck, I found real benefit just from the little roller ball exercises for the feet, which is turning up, by the way, as a popular new movement even in publications like the AARP newsletters.) So, this book is a bit quirky and is a lot prettier than it needs to be, but there are lots of fresh ideas tucked away and its emphasis on movement and the interconnectedness of muscle functions is a welcome change in point of view. I found the book helpful. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review. This book is a well organized and highly illustrated in depth exploration of mobility. I have read a handful of books on the topic and this is one of my favorites both due to its breadth, variety/novelty of exercises and the quality of its illustrations/descriptions. It covers breathing (including diaphragm exercises), kinetic chains, stretching, diagnostic tests, strengthening exercises and massage among its wide breadth of materia I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review. This book is a well organized and highly illustrated in depth exploration of mobility. I have read a handful of books on the topic and this is one of my favorites both due to its breadth, variety/novelty of exercises and the quality of its illustrations/descriptions. It covers breathing (including diaphragm exercises), kinetic chains, stretching, diagnostic tests, strengthening exercises and massage among its wide breadth of material.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kucharski

    I have been using aspects that are covered in this book in and am so happy that someone has put them all together in one place. Self-myofascial release, flexibility, traction, breathing, strength and mobility scans and exercises that cover the entire body with the goal- to move without pain so you can live more. That being said this is not a book for beginner exercisers, it is more along the line of advanced-intermediate to advance exercisers. It is not a cure your pain book, if you have signific I have been using aspects that are covered in this book in and am so happy that someone has put them all together in one place. Self-myofascial release, flexibility, traction, breathing, strength and mobility scans and exercises that cover the entire body with the goal- to move without pain so you can live more. That being said this is not a book for beginner exercisers, it is more along the line of advanced-intermediate to advance exercisers. It is not a cure your pain book, if you have significant pain you need to go and find a doctor. (I've known people who had chronic pain that got worse - and it ended up with both people that they had hair line fractures - one in the pelvis the other in the lower leg.) There's an intro as to what the authors wanted to get across. Then, you do some movement scans- that help you assess what you need to do in the self-massage & stretch area. The second part is breathing which is significant as it has not received as much attention as I thought it should have in the fitness realm at this point. The next section is "killer moves" and these strength exercises are advanced for the most part using kettlebells, TRX, stability ball, Olympic barbell, and body weight. (This specifically makes this book for the advanced exerciser as there isn't much break down for beginning level.) The strength moves are for movement chains in the body vs isolated muscle groups. The end section again goes over areas but combines the self-massage, flexibility, mobility and strength all together. So you can go through each section, do and learn- and it culminates in the last section where you put your skills and knowledge together. If you bemoan the fact that this wasn't made for beginners, I can tell you that it would be overwhelming for a beginner, in terms of information overload and ability. Having worked as a personal trainer I have modified many of these ideas for clients so if you want a taste of this kind of training at a beginner level you may find classes or training sessions more better for you- the classes may be called - foam rolling, functional fitness, breathing to relax, balance training... If you are advanced and have been training for a while- you will probably like it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vikas Kalra

    Tremendously rich and very illustrative book on the reintroducing mobility into our lives. In the computer age and our usually sedentary lives our physical degradation creeps in as joints imperceptibly start to lose their flexibility, range of motion, and tendon and ligament strength - what is summed up as mobility. I would argue that this component of exercise and health is overlooked but fundamentally important to prevent injury and improve performance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    PJ

    Beautiful designs and illustrations. Novel exercises for mobility. Worth it alone for the parts about warm ups, self care and exercise pain.

  7. 5 out of 5

    CherylR

    Jam packed with exercises and descriptions to increase movement and mobility. Can not wait to try the techniques..

  8. 4 out of 5

    Grégory Nicouleau

    Très beau livre avec de nombreuses photos et illustrations. Plus un receuil d'exercices (très nombreux) qu'un livre explicatif même si certains principes essentiels sont explicités. Très beau livre avec de nombreuses photos et illustrations. Plus un receuil d'exercices (très nombreux) qu'un livre explicatif même si certains principes essentiels sont explicités.

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    Michelle

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