With the holiday season approaching, this may be a good option if you are looking for a gift for a runner. This is a book you don’t just want to read, but also keep to go back to on a regular basis and you’ll definitely want the physical copy as the illustrations are key. I’m not even sure if it’s available on Kindle, and Audio just wouldn’t make sense.
They have another book that came recently (Built to move: The Ten Essential Habits to Help You Move Freely and Live Fully), which I haven’t read yet but got recommended, so it may appear in one of the coming months. It looks like The Supple Leopard goes more into the details of specific movements and exercises, while Built to Move focuses on movements that are center to everyday life. I’ve heard Supple Leopard referenced by massage therapists and chiros.
The book covers the foundations of how the body moves, how energy is transferred through the kinetic chain, the importance of range of motion (not flexibility) and will give you the tools to think about how to engage your body as you move (in sport and daily life). It describes these principles through the description of functional movement from the simplest to most complex ones. It also has mobility tests and detailed exercises to improve strength and mobility in target areas.