Juliet Starrett is an attorney and the CEO of San Francisco Crossfit. Kelly Starrett is a coach, physical therapist, author, speaker and more. They are bestselling authors — most recently of Deskbound — and co-founders of MobilityWOD.com. 2paragraphs caught up with this dynamic duo and asked one question.
2paragraphs: Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World is the #1 bestseller in its category at Amazon and having a major impact. Why is this book connecting so powerfully with people?
Kelly Starrett & Juliet Starrett: You’ve probably heard that sitting too much wreaks havoc on your health. Practically every media outlet has written about the perils of sitting. It’s common knowledge. Sitting is the new smoking has become a buzz phrase. Yet, most people still don’t understand why sitting is bad. This is one of the reasons, in our opinion, why people are connecting with the book. It clearly highlights what sitting does to your body; how it compromises your breathing and mobility; how it leads to back and neck pain; how it shortens your life. In the book, we cover these problems in detail using illustrations, photos, diagrams, and descriptive text. It is a call to action. Once people understand and see what sitting does to their body, they’re motivated to change their habits.
This leads to the other reason why people are connecting with the book. Deskbound provides a detailed solution to the probleSom. This is the heart of the book. We’re not just telling people to transition to a standing desk and to sit less and move more. We’re providing a blueprint for human movement. We’re teaching people how to optimize their sitting position, how to stand with ideal posture, as well as how to walk, bend over, and squat with correct technique. In addition, we’re teaching them how to perform basic maintenance on their body. If you suffer from low back pain, for example, the information in the book will help you treat, or even better, prevent the problem. Wondering where to position your monitor, the height of your desk, or what stool you need? Deskbound provides the answers. When we set out to write this book, our mission was to show people how sitting feasts on your body and provide a simple yet comprehensive solution. Now, this system is being used in elementary schools, universities, corporations, and home offices around the world. It is a cure to being deskbound.