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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (December 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594866279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594866272
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Do this routine three times a week . . . and consider your New Year's resolution accomplished."--Health magazine
 
"There is no doubt that my body has undergone drastic change working with Mark, but just as important is the mental change in me and in my life."--Curt Schilling

About the Author

MARK VERSTEGEN, founder and president of Athletes' Performance, is a widely sought-after performance coach, consultant, and motivational speaker who resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

PETE WILLIAMS is a veteran journalist who writes about fitness, business, and sports. He lives in Safety Harbor, Florida.

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Easy to follow.
Tim Moore
As a personal trainer I will buy this book for clients and teach them exercises out of this book so they can progress or regress the exercises on their own.
P. McCall
I recommend the Core Performance training program, their books and their website for enhancing your health as well as athletic performance.
M. Hampton

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98 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Janice Webster on January 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my husband, because he has loved the first book written by Mark Verstegen, Core Performance (which earns 5 stars). I had hopes that this book would pick up where the other one left off and continue with updated and new stuff. It didn't really do that, Instead, it seemed to be a rehash of the first book without much new. Just a different presentation. If you haven't read the first book, then this one is excellent. However, if you have the first book already, you don't need this one because it doesn't have very much new info to share.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By P. McCall on April 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
As an educator who trains personal trainers my critique on most fitness books for the consumer is that they focus on training individual muscles; for example doing chest press just for the 'pecs'

Mark does an excellent job of introducing the concept of training movement patterns, not individual muscles--this is the secret to top conditioning coaches and Mark does an excellent job of presenting the info in consumer friendly language.

As a personal trainer I will buy this book for clients and teach them exercises out of this book so they can progress or regress the exercises on their own. My goal for clients is to teach them how to be independent when working out and Verstegen's book is a great resource for that goal.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By R. Sebok on March 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
Regardless of age/gender, you should buy this book. I just turned 40, have 3 kids and live a very busy lifestyle. The principles in this book are simple to understand and incorporate everyday.

This book was recommended to me by a business associate of the author. It was specifically recommended because it is the 'easiest book the author has written for incorporating fitness into the normal person's lifestyle' (i.e. for those who do NOT have the time to spend an hour or more at the gym each night). For me, the book is really two books; (1) nutrition 101 and (2) exercise for life.

For nutrition, the author makes it easy to understand the theory of nutrition (i.e. eating). He starts with theory, then grocery shopping, and then the eating schedule. This book does recommend more frequent mini-meals, rather than big dinners. Anyways, some very sound basics to answer the question of what you should put in body for maximum performance and health.

For exercise, the author asks you to commit 30 minutes a day to a core performance workout (ok, with a shower its 45 minutes). For novices, the Core is essentially your mid section (abs, stomach, butt, thigh, shoulder, back, etc.), but the program really hits every muscle group. As for the program, you can do all the exercises at home, without investing in costly equipment. The exercises focus on flexibility, endurance and strength and really do work. I started the program a little over 3 weeks ago and can already "feel" and see the difference. For the record, I've had lower back issues for 6+ years and since using the Core Performance it's never felt better. Not once have I have to 'roll out' of bed in the morning.

Live longer, feel healthier, and look better. Some motivation, 30 minutes per day, and this book are all you really need.

Thanks Mark for making professional athletic training programs applicable to the regular guy!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Hampton on December 16, 2008
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I recommend the Core Performance training program, their books and their website for enhancing your health as well as athletic performance. Here's my experience with the book and their web site:

"Core Performance Essentials" is about building an exercise foundation for the average person/weekend athlete to improve health and well being.

"Core Performance" is for the competitive athlete that wants to undertake a comprehensive, rigorous training program to improve performance

The Core Performance web site contains all of the above training programs and more, allowing you to cycle though different training programs over time. While I was initially put off at the annual price of $80 per year. I signed up after completing "Core Performance Essentials" and consider it to be a good investment.

I am a 51 year old male with merely average, not outstanding athletic abilities. I've done basic jogging/aerobic exercise for 30 years every other day. I don't engage in any competitive sports at present. I exercise to maintain overall health, vitality and weight.

I followed the "Core Performance Essentials" book for nine months, slowly cycling through the levels of workout in this book. I then progressed to an online membership at coreperformance.com, where I have been through two cycles of one of the many online workout programs, called "Live Better, Live Longer". I am on a rational, time sensitive plan of 3 sessions a week, for 45 to 60 minutes a session.

I feel much better on this program. I have better overall body strength. This program particularly emphasizes the stabilization and strength of your major joints - shoulders, hips and knees, and I can tell it.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous Reader on January 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mark Verstegen, founder of a training center serving professional athletes, uses sports training analogies for "athletes" (ordinary people) playing the most important game, the "Game of Life". The premise is that everyone needs good basic training to take good care of one's body and function well for daily activities such as unloading groceries.

Verstegen focuses on exercises to develop the "pillar" -- essentially one's core plus hips and shoulders. Functional strength needed for everyday life as well as athletics comes from developing this pillar, not from doing something very isolated like bicep curls that one might want to do for cosmetic rather than functional reasons. The author rejects "body-building-based" workouts that isolate one muscle since most movements in daily life and sports involve multiple muscle groups working together at the same time. This training supports those movements and is thus also highly efficient for developing overall functional strength and coordination.

This book is more concise than his previous book and much more well organized for beginners (probably most people). It takes you through 4 levels of increasingly challenging but similar exercises. Each level has sections such as Movement Prep, Prehab (preventing injury rather than Rehab later), Stability, and Strength.

Overall an immensely helpful fitness book for everyone from beginners to athletes. It changed my thinking about what kinds of resistance training to focus on with limited time.
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