Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance (2nd Edition)

Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance (2nd Edition)

by Kelly Starrett, Glen Cordoza


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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—founder of—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. This new edition of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller has been thoroughly revised to make it even easier to put to use.

Want to truly understand the principles that guide human movement? Becoming a Supple Leopard lays out a blueprint for moving safely and effectively through life and sport. Want to learn how to apply those principles to specific movements, whether you are doing squats in the gym or picking up a bag of groceries? Hundreds of step-by-step photos show you not only how to perform a host of exercise movements, such the squat, deadlift, pushup, kettlebell swing, clean, snatch, and muscle-up, but also how to correct the common faults associated with those movements. Frustrated because you can’t perform a certain movement correctly due to range of motion restrictions? Breaking the body down into 14 distinct areas, Starrett demonstrates hundreds of mobilization techniques that will help you resolve restrictions and reclaim your mobility. Unsure how to put it all together into a program that addresses your individual needs? This updated edition lays out dozens of prescriptions that allow you to hone in on a specific limitation, a nagging injury, or an exercise fault that you just can’t seem to get right. It even offers a 14-day full-body mobility overhaul.

Performance is what drives us as human beings, but dysfunctional movement patterns can bring the human body to an abrupt halt. Often, the factors that impede performance are invisible even to seasoned athletes and coaches. Becoming a Supple Leopard makes the invisible visible. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or simply someone wanting to live healthy and free from physical restrictions, this one-of-a-kind training manual will teach you how to harness your athletic potential and maintain your body.

Learn how to perform basic maintenance on your body, unlock your athletic potential, live pain-free...and become a Supple Leopard.

This step-by-step guide to movement and mobility will show you how to:

Move safely and efficiently in all situations

Organize your spine and joints in optimal, stable positions

Restore normal function to your joints and tissues

Accelerate recovery after training sessions and competition

Properly perform strength and conditioning movements like the squat, bench press, pushup, deadlift, clean, and snatch

Build efficient, transferable movement patterns and skill progressions from simple to more advanced exercises

Identify, diagnose, and correct inefficient movement patterns

Treat and resolve common symptoms like low back pain, carpal tunnel, shoulder pain, and tennis elbow

Prevent and rehabilitate common athletic injuries

Use mobilization techniques to address short and stiff muscles, soft tissue and joint capsule restriction, motor control problems, and joint range of motion limitations

Create personalized mobility prescriptions to improve movement efficiency

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628600834
Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Edition description: 2nd
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 28,435
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. Kelly Starrett—coach, physiotherapist, and author of the New York Times bestseller Ready to Run—has revolutionized how coaches, athletes, and everyday humans approach performance as it relates to movement, mechanics, and the actualization of human and athletic potential. He and his wife, Juliet Starrett, co-founded San Francisco CrossFit and, where they share their innovative approach to movement, mechanics, and mobility with millions of athletes and coaches around the world. Kelly travels the world teaching his wildly popular Movement & Mobility Course and also works with elite military forces and every branch of the military; athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB; and nationally ranked and world-ranked strength and power athletes. He consults with Olympic teams and universities and is a featured speaker at strength and conditioning and medical conferences nationwide. Kelly believes that all human beings should know how to move and be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. He lives in northern California with his insanely talented and amazing wife and their two young lionesses, Georgia and Caroline. His chief life goal is to spend more time on the beach with his family.

Glen Cordoza is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a former professional mixed martial artist and Muay Thai boxer. He is one of the most published authors on the topics of MMA, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and fitness with 20 books to his credit.

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Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
NBacon More than 1 year ago
One of a Kind:  Bridges the gap between Biomechanics and Movement   I’m an assistant professor in exercise physiology/strength & conditioning at a University in Nashville, TN.  This book is going to generate an overwhelmingly, positive ripple effect among, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, educators, athletes and most importantly, the general population.  Kelly is an excellent teacher, and this is continually displayed in his book, Becoming a Supple Leopard.  I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advanced copy, and the layout of the text is superb.   It’s well-written, applied & in layperson’s terms.  First of all, Kelly has provided 100’s of pictures within the text with detailed step-by-step instructions on how to perform numerous weight-lifting and body-weight related movements as well as numerous mobilizations.  Furthermore, Kelly highlights common faults associated with specific training movements and offers suggestions to fix the movement technique error.  He also provides “mobilization target areas” for related movements to improve movement technique, and one the best parts he provides an example of a daily mobility prescription.  For those up for the task, it has grounds to improve your quality of life – but you have to put forth the effort to alleviate your own pain, improve performance and most importantly advance your activities of daily living.   Thanks Kelly & Glen, I look forward to using BASL as a primary text for related courses this coming year, while educating future physical therapists and strength and conditioning professionals. I do not have any conflict of interests in writing this review.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is great but B&N shipping time frame and delivery is the worst. not to mention tracking information is never updated. E.g. get the  book from amazon or a more reliable site that can delivery in a more professional way.
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greatexass7 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my son as a Christmas gift. He is a crossfit coach, and this book was all he wanted. He loves it and says it is very helpful with his form. I would recommend this book if you are an instructor or a fitness nut.
sh302 More than 1 year ago
As I am getting older, my posture is changing, and the little aches and pains creep in after sitting too long in a car, at the computer, or after a long day. But, after beginning these mobility exercises as he teaches in the book, the aches and pains are no longer a problem. I am becoming a supple leopard again, as I felt in my teens! I highly recommend this book for athletes and non-athletes, for young and old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great resource for postural improvement, mobility techniques and even has a section on how to do many weightlifting and gymnastics exercises. It has a section on all major barbell lifts (including the Olympic lifts) and a lot of bodyweight exercises, too. It is very structured and the hardcover edition is quite sturdy. This is a more extensive and more organized version of the information available on the mobilityWOD website, and if you're familiar with Kelly Starrett's techniques, this is a must have. The book looks a little unprofessional which is why I deducted a star, but the information in it is top notch and its easy to find what you need
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been extremely helpful to me in improving my movement and mobility, and understanding my body.
supert1 More than 1 year ago
I am a fitness professional so I was cautiously optimistic about this this book. I have been following Kelly and already knew he was solid but this book just solidified that for me. His approach is rock solid, and balanced. Finally a guide to fix yourself, while still maintaining a life and conditioning program.  
Kevin-Neglia More than 1 year ago
There is not much to consider when buying this book. From hard-core athlete to health-seeking adults, this book is not to be ignored. As a student with a busy schedule it only took me about a week to read because my eyes were so glued to the pages but the informations is exceptional and beyond. Anyone can immediately apply the techniques and exercises in this book. It is good to be confident in what you know, but don't always believe you know it all! This was a great resource to clear up foggy areas of training for me and I am positive it will do the same for others as well. Do not worry if you are a newbie to anatomy and physiology because there is an abundance of pictures that clearly illustrate the concept and execution. You will not have to contact Kelly and ask him any questions, the only question you need to ask if for yourself "when will I start". P.S. - As an athlete who has recently been injured and went to the Crossfit-L1 course, this aspect of fitness (mobility) is VITALLY important to staying healthy and strong. Do not skip this.
Chris_Kokoll More than 1 year ago
I have been obsessed with human movement and strength and conditioning for several years, and it has been my life long endeavor to educate myself on this topic. My education began by obtaining a crossfit certification, followed by becoming a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and now I am currently studying Kinesiology at the graduate level. The book “Becoming a Supple Leopard” has provided me definitive answers about how to move perfectly! I have learned how to elevate my lower back pain (hip tightness). Understanding and applying the concepts in this book has improved my performance in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Olympic weightlifting by increasing my kinesthetic awareness. My kinesthetic awareness is now more valuable because I know how to properly coordinate motion. 
KLyons333 More than 1 year ago
“Becoming A Supple Leopard” provides exceptional insight into Kelly Starrett’ s true gift: his ability to connect the dots to unlock new performance standards to express one’s true athletic potential. Bottom line, athletes want to accomplish new performance standards and Kelly provides the map to identify and address the root of the performance limiters. Kelly starts at the beginning to build another dimension to performance. He lays a base foundation of movement and movement principles that coaches and athletes understand and can apply to numerous situations. The foundation principles do not change whether competing, performing, training, or in everyday life. Kelly establishes a mindset with the tunnel concept that bring a new awareness to the importance of the start position. The ability to recognize and address common faults within these fundamental positions within the system unlocks new performance standards and moves an athlete closer to expressing his/her true potential. He provides a model for organizing, having a strategy to set good position, and step by step instructions & photos to illustrate how to rectify elements limiting performance. This book will play a crucial role in new performance standards set across all sports and athletic events.