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Athletic Body in Balance Book/DVD Package Paperback – September 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0736064125 ISBN-10: 0736064125 Edition: 1 Pap/DVD

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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: 1.2 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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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.

Customer Reviews

Very thorough, almost tactical approach.
Wernie
This book changed the way I look at fitness and is appropriate for the weekend warrior or professional athlete.
Fritz
This book allows you to see flaws in basic movement patterns and shows you how to correct them.
Kenneth Hoefs

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By James D. Chlovechok on 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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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Wernie on August 2, 2003
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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Jean on 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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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By john 3:16 on August 13, 2011
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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 By Michael Clark on March 20, 2013
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I had bilateral hip replacements almost 20 years ago. The subsequent years were filled with self-rehabbing, martial arts practice, discus throwing, and strength training. Slowly attempting to build fitness on top of "new" hips and older injuries. The end result was that i waddles like a duck, couldn't touch my toes and had so much pain in my shoulders that i couldn't shave my face without discomfort. Now I won't tell you that this single book helped me cure all of that, because it didn't. But the movement screens in the book and the concept of asymetry opened my eyes and helped to bring all of my other training together into a program for future health, instead of just trying to compensate for past injury and a lack of professional rehab. If I was living in Mr. Cook's hometown I would certainly be trying to take him to lunch and make him my new best friend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fritz on August 23, 2007
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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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