Becoming a Supple Leopard – good title, great read!

Becoming a Supple Leopard – good title, great read!

Every now and again I find a book or a website that really reignites my love of the human movement and its’ amazing capabilities.

Supple Leopard is written by Kelly Starett. Although a qualified medic, his approach is very refreshing. He explains how if you strip down human performance, it is a layer upon layer of simple movements, building blocks if you like. His frustration is that we don’t master the basics and then complain when our body fails us on more complex movements.

It is a concept that we are very keen on here at Openhealth Clinic. For those of you who have been in our rehab room seemingly spending hours trying to get an understanding of midline control and spinal stability, this will probably ring a bell! It is really important to understand this doesn’t simply apply to elite athletes, it applies to everybody’s day to day lives. Carrying the shopping, unloading the dishwasher, walking the dog on a lead are all good examples.

The book and accompanying website couldn’t be more accessible. The author goes out of his way to make complex biomechanical concepts understandable by relating them to daily activities.

Big thumbs up from me!

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