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Top 10 Best Stretching and Flexibility Books Ever Written

See what books I refer to for everything there is to know about stretching and flexibility.

by Brad Walker | First Published March 1, 2010 | Updated November 29, 2018
Have you ever wondered what resources I use here at the Stretching Institute? Well, here’s my top-ten list. The following publications contain the very best information on stretching and flexibility, and all have my personal endorsement regarding the quality of their content.

Please excuse my shameless plug for my own publications, but hey; if I didn’t think I could write some of the best books on stretching and flexibility, I wouldn’t have bothered. Happy reading!

Top 10 Best Stretching and Flexibility Books
Ultimate Guide to Stretching & Flexibility

Ultimate Guide to Stretching & Flexibility – 3rd Edition

An easy-to-use, quick reference guide for everyone involved in health, fitness and sporting activities. Written to minimize the likelihood of sports injury and improve athletic performance, it gives coaches, trainers, athletes and fitness enthusiasts a complete reference handbook to assist with the planning and implementation of their training and rehabilitation sessions.

The Anatomy of Stretching – 2nd Edition

Books on stretching are common, but The Anatomy of Stretching takes a more fundamental approach than the others, taking the reader inside the body to show exactly what is happening during a stretch. At the heart of the book are 300 full-color illustrations that show the primary and secondary muscles worked in over 130 key stretches arranged by body area. Aimed at fitness enthusiasts of any level, as well as at fitness pros, The Anatomy of Stretching also focuses on which stretches are useful for the alleviation or rehabilitation of specific sports injuries.

Science of Flexibility – 3rd Edition

Gain a well-rounded understanding of the principles underlying stretching and flexibility with the updated third edition of Science of Flexibility. This practical text includes illustrated stretches with a concentration on muscle structure and the technical nature of stretching. You will learn about the principles and clinical aspects of flexibility, the factors limiting flexibility, as well as techniques to enhance flexibility throughout the body.

Facilitated Stretching – 4th Edition

The fourth edition of Facilitated Stretching is now revised, reorganized, and packaged with a DVD – surpassing its popular predecessor as the best source for the latest PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching techniques. More than 350 photographs showing the progression of stretches enrich the book while the new 60-minute DVD demonstrates the stretches and strengthening exercises in even more detail. A unique binding also allows you to lay the book flat while performing the exercises without losing your place. The DVD serves as a great visual tool for improving your technique and getting the most out of your routines.

Stretching for Functional Flexibility

Stretching for Functional Flexibility is a reference guide for the safe, effective, and efficient application of stretches to improve range of motion and movement potential. The text provides all of the information necessary to design and implement a safe and effective stretching program. This book also covers the origin, insertion, innervation’s, and action of each muscle for greater understanding of the larger context of the human musculoskeletal system and biomechanics. Stretching for Functional Flexibility logically begins with the fundamentals needed to understand stretching, then covers basic stretches and stretching programs, and ends with special applications.

Anatomy Trains – 2nd Edition

Although not a book specifically on stretching, it’s still one of my go-to references when researching and writing about stretching and flexibility. The new edition of this hugely successful book continues to present a unique understanding of the role of fascia in healthy movement and postural distortion which is of vital importance to body-workers and movement therapists worldwide.

Stretching Therapy

This practical resource examines the research, theory, and practice associated with stretching therapy. Anatomical illustrations and clear descriptions make it easy to learn which muscles are affected by specific treatment techniques. Full-color photographs show correct positioning of the patient and the therapist, with explanations of each movement on the same page or two-page spread.

Supple Leopard – 2nd Edition

Improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat stiffness and achy joints, and prevent and rehabilitate injuries—all without having to seek out a coach, doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or masseur. In Becoming a Supple Leopard, Dr. Kelly Starrett shares his revolutionary approach to mobility and maintenance of the human body and teaches you how to hack your own movement, allowing you to live a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Ultimate Flexibility

Written by acclaimed author and martial artist Sang H. Kim, Ultimate Flexibility is your guide to achieving maximum flexibility in your training. Learn about the many types of stretching, which methods are best for beginners, when to graduate to advanced techniques and why you should completely avoid certain types of exercises. You’ll also find information that you won’t find in any other martial art book, including a detailed exploration of how your body works for or against you in your training and how flexibility can make you stronger and faster. Special bonus sections include: 10 Tips for Full Splits, 20 Tips for High Kicks and 10 workouts for specific martial art types.

The Complete Guide to Stretching – 4th Edition

A reasonable level of flexibility is essential to the healthy functioning of joints and muscles, which in turn facilitates performance and reduces the risk of injury. Now in its fourth edition, The Complete Guide to Stretching provides an accessible overview of the scientific principles that underpin this form of training and offers more than seventy exercises designed to safely increase range of motion across the body.


Brad Walker - AKA The Stretch CoachAbout the Author: Brad Walker is often referred to as the "Stretch Coach" and has even been called the Stretching Guru. Magazines such as Runners World, Bicycling, Triathlete, Swimming & Fitness, and Triathlon Sports have all featured his work. Amazon (author page) has listed his books on five Best-Seller lists. Google cites over 100,000 references to him and his work on the internet. And satisfied customers from 122 countries have sent 1,000's of verified customer reviews. If you want to know about stretching, flexibility or sports injury management, Brad Walker is the go-to-guy.

Disclaimer: The health and fitness information presented on this website is intended as an educational resource and is not intended as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult your physician or physical therapist before performing any of the exercises described on this website, particularly if you are pregnant, elderly or have any chronic or recurring muscle or joint pain.

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