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Gray Cook
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September 1, 2005 0736064125 978-0736064125 1 Pap/DVD

Great athletes make difficult moves look effortless with a combination of skill, strength, and balance. Traditional conditioning builds a fitness base, but modern sports training takes into account athletic movement patterns. The Athletic Body in Balance book and DVD first of its kind to show you how to train for smooth, fluid movement and prevent muscle imbalances, mobility restrictions, stability problems, and injuries.

Physical therapist and sports conditioning expert Gray Cook has proven the effectiveness of his approach through the performances of athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, WNBA, and Reebok® University's sports training system. Whereas other books concentrate on maximizing your strengths, the Athletic Body in Balance book focuses on exposing and overcoming your weaknesses to form a foundation for long-term training gains. Cook will help you identify functional weaknesses; correct imbalances; explore your potential; and refine sport-specific movement skills such as jumping, kicking, cutting, and turning. You will see where conditioning is breaking down and how to get your body back on track.

The Athletic Body in Balance DVD then covers five assessment tests to help you find the imbalances in movement patterns, sample corrective exercises to improve mobility and stability, and ways to integrate these exercises into a regular training program. The tests include


-deep squat—assessing the mobility and stability of the hips, knees, and ankles

-hurdle steps—evaluating bilateral mobility and stability of the hips, knees, and ankles

-in-line lunge—determining hip mobility and stability, quadriceps flexibility, and ankle and knee stability on both sides of the body

-straight leg raise—gauging hamstring flexibility

-seated rotation—measuring uppertrunk stability during a combined upper- and lower-body movement

Move more efficiently and achieve real gains in performance with the Athletic Body in Balance book and DVD.

Human Kinetics DVDs are coded for universal playback and can be played in all regions of the world.


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About the Author

Gray Cook is a physical therapist, board certified in orthopedics. He also is a certified strength coach with experience in several sports at the youth, college, and professional levels. Cook is a nationally recognized lecturer and consultant to the NFL, NBA, NHL, and WNBA as well as numerous college sports medicine and conditioning facilities. His innovative research and applied work are found in many rehabilitation and conditioning publications.

Cook is the director of orthopedic and sports physical therapy at Dunn, Cook & Associates. He also serves as the creative director of sport-specific training for Reebok® and is Reebok's® first master coach.

Gray Cook received his graduate degree in physical therapy education at the University of Miami School of Medicine with a focus on orthopedics and sports rehabilitation and research in motor learning. Cook is a faculty member of the North American Sports Medicine Institute and is the codeveloper of the course titled Functional Exercise Training and Rehabilitation. He lives in his hometown of Danville, Virginia.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 Pap/DVD edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736064125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736064125
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gray Cook, a practicing physical therapist, has spent his entire career refining and developing functional evaluation exercise techniques. He has taken the Functional Movement Screen and his advanced assessment practices and combined them with reactive-based exercises that enhance motor learning. These two components are the pillars of the Reebok Core Training System.

Gray's ability to teach at many different professional levels is the result of his diverse background. He is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist with the American Physical Therapy Association. Gray is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a Level I coach with the U. S. Weight Lifting Federation. He combines his clinical skills with over seven years of professional teaching and lecturing experience.

Gray has lectured nationally and internationally in the fields of physical therapy, sports medicine and performance enhancement. He has served as a consultant to numerous universities and professional sports teams in all four major sports. His is author of the new book Athletic Body in Balance which serves as a working example of the unique way Cook looks at assessment, movement, and exercise. He is also the author of numerous text book chapters and articles related to these topics as well.

Gray's consulting is not limited to rehabilitation and sports medicine. He is equally sought after for his advice on conditioning and performance enhancement. Gray currently practices physical therapy in Southwest Virginia and continues to publish and present topics related to rehabilitation and exercise. He is also part of the Perform Better expert consulting faculty and an instructor with the North American Sports Medicine Institute.

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cook serves up some great advice. December 24, 2003
Format:Paperback
This should be required reading for athletes as well as coaches. The author does an excellent job in defining the "weakest link" as a cause of injury or tissue failure, and distinguishing between the too-often blamed "over-training" and the real culprit, improper training. Stability is emphasized, as it should be, as the basis for effective movement. (As my Burmese boxing coach once told me, it does no good to launch a rocket from a bamboo pad.) Other good points of emphasis, among many, are the need to relax to maintain fluidity with speed, and to "be quick but don't forget to stick." Again, in boxing we were always told to stick and move, but too often the person advising this had no idea of how to go about it, let alone teach someone else to do it. Gray Cook does. Throughout the book, his prose is effective, his explanations are clear and concise, and his recommended goals are accompanied by explicit step-by-step instructions to achieve them. For poviding the reader an understanding of athletic movement and training and actual how-to for practice and execution, this book tops my list.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent conditioning guide August 2, 2003
By Wernie
Format:Paperback
Very thorough, almost tactical approach. The author in his preface states that "efficiency and effectiveness" are his central themes. As the title suggests, the book focuses on balance, stability, agility, and strength of "the core" to build up a non-sport specific conditioning guide. The thrust of the book is really towards improving overall athletism.
There is definitely a clear emphasis throughout the book on the concepts of movement and space. The prose in the book and the depictions of different routines are very clear, and framed in a way that provides extra insights. A random example follows: "... Also a coiling movement is followed by an uncoiling movement that starts at the hips and then moves to the shoulders and arms. The weight shift is the trip hammer that sets the level of power. The goal is not to generate rotational power but rather to transfer linear or weight-shifting power into rotational power ... imagine an off-center playground seesaw ...You turned a short-distance force into speed because the long end traveled through a longer arc of movement in the same amount of time ..."
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Body in Balance March 23, 2008
Format:DVD
Athletic Body in Balance DVD
I not only purchased the DVD, I also purchased the book. This is an excellent guide for making sure you don't develop muscle imbalances performing different workouts. I absolutely loved the self-tests which enabled me to decide what needs stretching and what needs strengthening.
The DVD and book shows you specific exercises based on your tests results.
Invaluable information!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I've only scratched the surface of the useful information in this book. It's full of stability, agility and explosiveness drills as well as strength and flexibility programs.

Anyone interested in getting the maximum functionality from their body should take a look at Gray Cook's site, especially the Functional Movement Screen. The programs in this book reflect the information on the site and are easily understood by the enthusiast without an exercise physiology degree.

Having gotten away from the bodybuilder-based mythology of my early years and moved on to core and performance-based programs, this book is a must for anyone wanting to get the best result for their training time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Athletic Body in Balance January 28, 2008
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This is an OUTSTANDING complement to the DVD. I hoped that the DVD and book would not merely be redundant...and they aren't! The overlap to some extent so that you can get results with only one or the other, but I am VERY glad to have both. They fill in some gaps that each has.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Most focus is on lower body August 13, 2011
Format:Paperback
I bought this because I am VERY right handed and have an obvious muscle imbalance of the arms, shoulders, upper back. Unfortunately in the screening, it's all for lower body and core. Does have some good stuff for those areas but forgets the upper half.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! August 23, 2007
By Fritz
Format:Paperback
This book changed the way I look at fitness and is appropriate for the weekend warrior or professional athlete. The author's expertise is expressed in such a manner that comprehension and practical application is easily reached.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have! April 9, 2010
By Sly
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Everybody should buy this book and read it, even if you are not an athlete. The self movement screen should be done by everyone. In just a couple of weeks of doing the progression exercises, pain is leaving my body. If you are a trainer you must have this book.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Athletic Body in Balance
This book is easy to use as a quick reference at work and most lay people are able to comprehend what Gray is saying.
Published 14 days ago by Nancy R. Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Athletic Body in Balance
Great principles. Simple to understand. This is really where we need more conditioning to go and not see kids playing year round single sports.
Published 2 months ago by Vincent C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Gray Cook Completely Changed How I look At Personal Training
Dr. Cook developed the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) system. Since I began reading his books and using his FMS system, I have completely changed my personal training paradigm. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Denton
5.0 out of 5 stars like
use this book for reference. clear writing. sensible advice. gray cook's website is full of info. check it out for yourself.
Published 5 months ago by Hauoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction into Movement Screening
This book is a good introduction or refresher for someone looking for examining movement. It is really a self-assessment with key component of the movement screen for those who... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Swan313
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for amateurs
Highly technical and theoretical. Seems like a great text for fitness professionals or college students. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Misuta
1.0 out of 5 stars Shows ignorance
How can a few tests show all imbalances? It's basically saying keep it simple and just do these few tests. Instead, I'd prefer doing tests on the entire body. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tom Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome! I would highly recommend this book to anyone that gets those nagging injuries that impeads your workouts and you lose all the motivation.
Published 7 months ago by Collen Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fundamentals of Fitness
This book sets the baseline for how to train properly. Many of us have been looking at fitness backwards by building upon one's strengths. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Zelly Wesson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love it.
It revolutionized my approach to physical training. Did a good job in winning our local little Olympics. Just love this book.
Published 10 months ago by Mario Ceniza
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