This book was written to explain how the practicing yoga makes athletes better, with its emphasis on flexibility, balance and whole-body strength. It also discusses how yoga improves mental focus and endurance, which become especially important at the end of a training session or race. This book explains how athletes can see progress from just ten minutes of yoga each day. It includes 230+ color photographs of over 100 poses that target common areas of inflexibility and overuse; breath and meditation exercises; different types of yoga for each phase of training; recommendations for intensity and volume of yoga workouts throughout the training year.
Author: Sage Rountree; Pub. Date: December 2007; Publisher: VeloPress; Format: Paperback, 304pp; Estimated price: $14.93; ISBN-13: 9781934030042/ISBN: 193403004X
ACE Expert Review
This comprehensive book on yoga for athletes makes a compelling case for why and, more importantly, how athletes of every stripe can benefit from making yoga a regular part of their workout regimens.
As Sage Rountree writes in Chapter 1, “Yoga will make you a better athlete.” This book is divided into four sections, the largest of which features specific poses for athletes. Breathing and mental training are highlighted in Part 3, while specific routines and training plans are included in Part 4. Well-written and professionally produced, The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga is a great resource for athletes looking to improve their performance by incorporating flexibility training into their routines.
What we liked:
- High-quality photographs are accompanied by extensive explanations of each pose.
- The 15-minute DVD included with the book features warm-up and cool-down routines to bookend the training workouts.
What we didn’t like:
- While the explanation and photos are beautifully done, it can be hard to learn proper form on the more difficult poses from a book.
October 9, 2009
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