Revisiting “Relax Into Stretch” by Pavel Tsatsouline

Posted: August 22, 2019 in General

Somehow I’ve missed this Pavel book until today… This is Pavel’s book on stretching.

He starts with a pretty amazing assertion… most of us are already flexible enough to do gymnastic style feats. Say what?

Yes! Our muscles could allow us to move through a wider range of motion… if they would.

Why don’t they?

Protective mechanisms designed to protect us from over stretching are the reason.

Pavel’s book and video by the same name are designed to teach techniques that allow you to train your body to move through a longer range of motion by overcoming these protective mechanisms.

He makes the interesting point that while ordinary stretching can leave you over flexible like some rag doll, this form of stretch actually leaves your muscles toned.

How does that work? Because the method that overcomes the body’s protective mechanisms are basically isometric contractions. Stretch as far as you can, from that position (don’t go back!) tense the muscle you’re trying to stretch and “relax”… and suddenly you’ll stretch some more.

Then what?

Assuming you’re not stretched to the degree you want… from that position tense and relax again. And again. You get the picture.

Some muscles don’t cooperate so easily. Some muscle groups require a contraction to drag on until the muscles feel physically tired… only then do they “give”.

Now just because this technique lets you move more fully through a range of motion, it doesn’t mean we can all put our palms on the floor the first day. There’s room for improvement. Pavel suggests doing these stretches 3 times per week several hours after your main workout.

Several of our readers go to chiropractors from time to time for “spinal decompression”… they’ll find Pavel on this topic to be quite informative. He specifically talks about spinal decompression (hanging from a bar) and demonstrates significant decompression in his video (free on Amazon Prime).

Whether you go to a chiropractor or not, Pavel wants every lifter to do spinal decompression ( and have everybody lift). It’s not just for older folks any more!

If you want to quickly and painlessly stretch further, this is the resource for you! It will help you eliminate pain, protect your body, and, thanks to the tension component, help tone your muscles too!

Get “Relax into Stretch” at Amazon!

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  1. Nigel says:

    I have a question about heavyhands is that if that method of exercise was very effective why hasn’t it caught on and why aren’t more people doing it?
    Iam just confused because I read the books and the doctor wrote that his methods were really effective.
    And also what sizes of dumbbells is required from lowestto highest?

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    • Admin says:

      Good question. There are probably many reasons, but I’ll suggest a few… 1) People are always looking for something “easier” that doesn’t require as much thought and frankly the risk of looking silly as some of the heavy hands moves made people look! 2) There’s more “money” to be made in a subscription based gym membership than selling some little weights that last for years and years. 3) People want fast results… Heavy Hands takes time and dedication. In our instant world, those are hard to sell.

      But for some people, Heavyhands was the perfect exercise they were looking for and still is. Best wishes in finding something you like and will stick with.

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  2. Nigel says:

    Thanks for the answers.
    Also I wanted to know how many dumbbells are required for just general fatloss and muscle building?

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    • Admin says:

      The old heavy hands were adjustable weights for one set of handles.

      Many people never had to go over a few pounds in each hand after working up from 1 pound per hand. But some work up to 10 lbs. per hand.

      When walking or moving and swinging or punching, a small weight makes a huge impact. Sometimes Schwartz would do something like “lunge walking” or a knee bend every 10 steps to give the legs more exercise. That’s an advanced technique of course. Just starting with a one pound weight (or even a 16 ounce water bottle in each hand) and swinging your hands head high as you walk makes a huge impact.

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