Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance
Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance


Join the movement that has reached millions of athletes and coaches; learn how to perform basic maintenance on your body, unlock your human potential, live pain free…and become a Supple Leopard.

Improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat body stiffness and achy joints, and rehabilitate injuries—all without having to seek out a coach, doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or masseur. In Becoming a Supple Leopard, Kelly Starrett—founder of—shares his revolutionary approach to mobility and maintenance of the human body and teaches you how to hack your own human movement, allowing you to live a healthy, happier, more fulfilling life.

Performance is what drives the human animal, but the human animal can be brought to an abrupt halt by dysfunctional movement patterns. Oftentimes, the factors that impede performance are invisible to not only the untrained eye, but also the majority of athletes and coaches. Becoming a Supple Leopard makes the invisible visible. In this one of a kind training manual, Starrett maps out a detailed system comprised of more than two hundred techniques and illuminates common movement errors that cause injury and rob you of speed, power, endurance, and strength. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or simply someone wanting to live healthy and free from restrictions, Becoming a Supple Leopard, will teach you how to maintain your body and harness your genetic potential.

Learn How to:

    • prevent and rehabilitate common athletic injuries
    • overhaul your movement habits
    • quickly identify, diagnose, and fix inefficient movement patterns
    • problem solve for pain and dysfunction in austere environments with little equipment
    • fix poor mechanics that rob power, bleed force, and dump torque
    • unlock reservoirs of athletic capacity you didn’t know you had
    • identify and fix poor movement patterns in children
    • reverse the aging process
    • develop strategies that restore function to your joints and tissues
    • accelerate recovery after training sessions and competition
    • create personalized mobility prescriptions to improve movement efficiency
    • improve your quality of life through regained work capacity
    run faster, jump higher, and throw farther

Reviews of Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance

Review 1: Helps one understand proper position for exercise and techniques for relief of pain

Great information for alignment and proper position for basic strength skills such as, braced-ready position for activity in genral, push-ups, bench press, etch. I see people doing strenght movements in grossly incorrect positions in the weight room. Now when I do yoga, strength building and cardio, I make adaptations to the activity to try to maintain the correct alignment. I have also used it for pain relief.

These include using balls and a roller for pressure points as well as various exercises. I’ve always thought I was flexible, but found that there are areas of my body that I need to increase my range of motion in order to reduce pain. Since I’m older than many who use the book, I start very gently with the exercises, then increase the intensity as I progress.

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Review 2: Worth every Penny

Dr. Starrett provides an easy to follow text book on how to take care of yourself. it is written from the perspective of an athlete, but with only a little sense you can apply to all population. For example my mother is not an athlete at all, she was having a little knee pain and after a little studying and showing her what worked for me, we managed to resolve her knee pain.

He goes in detail on how to solve tightness, soreness, how to stretch, how to deal with minor injuries, and why what he is saying works. Dr. Starrett goes into detail on every part of the body that could possible benefit from being more supple.

After reading the book and tabbing out all the parts that I particularly found useful I started doing the stretches and self-myofascial release movements that applied to where I was tight. They are outstanding, but like all things you have to do it correctly, consistently, and with the right amount of intensity relative to you.

Amazing book for a great price. Something like this should be selling for 80 bucks or more.

Hope this helps!

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Review 3: movement is seen as…movement!

“Many things we do naturally become difficult only when we try to make them intellectual subjects. It is possible to know so much about a subject that you become ignorant.
–Mentat Text Two (decto)”

Dr Starrett has given new life to the frequently overwrought study of human movement, especially where it concerns athletics and fitness, but not only limited to those endeavors. Really, this is a manual of rediscovering movement potentials. In this well written and extensively illustrated book you will have over two hundred exercises and diagnostics at your disposal for compressing, distracting, gapping and reorganizing the joints and loci of pain in your body.

The constant mantra is “test/retest” with the emphasis being on developing your ability to self-evaluate and self-heal. Preventative measures through the use of leading indicators -recognize trouble before trouble finds you!- to correct mechanics and positioning in any and all movements will lead you to more efficient and sustainable physical well-being. This practice ranges from day to day sitting and labors thru to elite level athletics on up to extremes such as helicopter pilots and paratroopers. A worthy spectrum indeed.

Being a devout martial artist I own a few other books co-authored by Glen Cordoza and they all are excellent resources, tightly edited and I have learned much from them. His and Kelly’s efforts in this fine manual are gratefully accepted, they will be needed!


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