I am reading Gray Cook’s book: Athletic Body in Balance. Wow! Everything you wanted to know about performance, balance and injury prevention. One concept: The squat! I tried to squat down and read the magazines on the lowest rack in the Sacramento airport about 6 years ago. I didn’t last. My “inner zombie” (not my concept, but I love the idea) wouldn’t let me bend all my joints. I started running soon after, went from 171 lbs. to 148 lbs. and never felt better. Still though, couldn’t touch my toes or even squat. Too much time in a chair. (I’m an airline pilot) I used Pavel Tsatsouline’s “Relax into Stretch” book to learn to bend, Kettlebells to strengthen my core (and keep the inner zombie comfortable with movement) and attempted all kinds of random things to loosen up. Now I believe I have found the secret to success here in Gray Cook’s book!!! I want to attend one of his workshops, but I don’t see any on his website for Seattle!
Here is a review of his book with a short bio: http://www.humankinetics.com/products/showproduct.cfm?isbn=9780736042284
Here is the “Functional Movement” website: http://www.functionalmovement.com/SITE/index.php
Strength AND flexibility!