Qualifications: Graduate of California State University - Long Beach. Author of the best selling book, "Stretching." Works with numerous professional teams, corporate executives, handicapped children and adults, US Olympic teams, professional rodeo riders, and weight lifters.
Personal History: I am an avid cyclist and runner. I know the importance of keeping muscles limber for peak performance, as well as comfort and safety in daily activities. In 1968, at the age of 23, I began a personal physical fitness program, because I felt I was overweight and out of shape. I changed my diet, started eating less, and began running and cycling. My weight went from 190 to 135 pounds over a period of time and I was soon in much better physical condition. In a conditioning class in college, I discovered I could not reach much past my knees in a straight-legged sitting position. After discovering how tight I was, I started stretching. In several months, I became much more limber; I found that stretching made running, cycling, and other activities easier and more enjoyable. I also found that it eliminated most of the muscular soreness that usually accompanies strenuous physical exertion.