I short while ago I bought a copy of Kelly Starrett’s latest book – Deskbound.
I enjoyed ‘Becoming a Supple Leopard’, although I found it hard work but was intrigued to see what help I might gain from the new book, given my job (like many) entails lots of sitting down.
Before I talk about the content I think the main difference I noted was the newer book is more ‘polished’ and much easier to read. A better font, wider margins and more consistent photos and diagrams.
Virtually all the photos are new and amongst the only replication I spotted was this one of his lifting buddy Diane Fu, who has a good rack.
If you don’t want to buy the book, then there are 4 simple guidelines to follow:
1. Reduce optional sitting in your life.
2. For every 30 minutes that you are deskbound, move for at least 2 minutes.
3. Prioritise position and mechanics whenever you can.
4. Perform 10 to 15 minutes of daily maintenance on your body.
To be fair though, I think you need to buy the book (see the £20ish as an investment).
The terminology is much simpler than Supple Leopard (until the later chapters) and if I had neither book then I would go for Deskbound first.
It is packed full of useful advice – 16 breaks and 14 prescriptions, plus tests for mobility.
The sections are logical and flowing, with the odd bit of humour…
I like to try manspreading in meetings but only when I am behind a table. (And I don’t smile so much)
Really simple stuff too – like how to carry a bag properly…
It is essential reading if you are serious about maintaining your body and rely on sitting down most of the day to get paid.
If I could wind back time to when I started at HG3 four years ago, I would spend much, much more time on mobility.
There are loads of references at the back and the only thing I found missing was a reference to RomWod (which I use to get my 15 minutes of daily maintenance per day) but I guess it is competition to the paid for Mobility Wod.