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Core Performance: The Revolutionary Workout Program to Transform Your Body and Your Life Paperback – April 14, 2005
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“This program has transformed me from a skinny college baseball player with little power into one of the best-conditioned players in Major League Baseball.” ―Nomar Garciaparra, shortstop, Chicago Cubs
“This is the best decision I have ever made with regard to improving and educating myself as an athlete. I just wish I had made it sooner.” ―Mia Hamm, Olympic and world-champion soccer player
About the Author
Pete Williams is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Mark Verstegen's five book Core Performance franchise and Every Day is Game Day. An avid endurance athlete, he's the author of Obstacle Fit and coauthor of Paddle Fit and lives in Central Florida.
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Top Customer Reviews
My reasons for starting included boredom with my routine of weightlifting and kickboxing on alternate days, as well as some reading about the merits of core conditioning as a training approach. I enjoyed this program from the beginning. I could detect improvements in flexibility and abdominal strength within a few workouts. Also, the variety was intellectually stimulating. I used the program for about 9 weeks, took a break from it, and returned. Now I am not quite as strict in sticking to the schedules lined out in the book, but rather work them in with other workouts as time and interest allow.
1) The workouts are rigorous and concise. They seldom exceed 45 minutes if you stick to the rules about the amount of rest between sets, but you feel like you have had a good workout.
2) The program works. It helped with overall fitness and sport-specific fitness in soccer and karate. I literally have felt better and fitter than I have in years.
3) The complaint about the science of the book is being answered as research catches up with this training approach. Dynamic stretching, "core" exercises and interval training are showing up in research studies and in professional training rooms. I don't think a reader needs to feel that this is an "out there" approach to fitness.
1) The typos should be embarrassing. Most of the time you can figure out what the author meant, but the website is full of people writing in and asking for clarification.Read more ›
1. The program itself is very effective - it really works the whole body and not just the "obvious" muscles favored by traditional strength training. There are some great exercises in here. If you are serious about conditioning your body, buy this book - no question
2. Some people will not be able to follow the entire program, but I do believe that, even if you don't have the time or willpower to work out six days a week, the routines can still be useful to you in a three or four day a week version.
3. OK, it does take time to work it all out...this is not a simple program and not for a novice to working out. If you are novice, this book will freak you out and probably doom you to failure. Newbies should start with something more simple, if you successfully follow a simpler program for 6-12 months, come back to this book at that time. For the more experienced among you: take the time to work out what the program demands of you, you will be rewarded for your efforts!!
So, having endorsed the overall effectiveness of the book, here's where I think Mark could improve before releasing another book.
1. The science is a little flimsy: Other reviewers have raised legitimate concerns...people like me who are prepared to spend 6 days a week working out want to understand the theory behind it all a bit better. I really hoped for a better understanding of how these exercises impact my musculo-skeletal system. Mark should co-write another version (or another book) with an experienced Chiropractor in order to solve that part of it.
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The CD videos give you a clear visualization of the movements and the timing needed to perform correctly. They are short clips, with both front and side views. From using the book some two months I was confident that I was close to doing most things right. I wasn't. Even my trainer guessed wrong on the one exercise I asked him about. It was a pylometric exercise, and figuring pylos out from a few photos is not going to happen - unless you are a Michelangelo of physical training. Even the exercises that were similar to what my trainer had shown me were not completely like my assumptions. For example, exercises that I assumed were isometric, were not. Many of the exercises were more powerful and graceful than I had imagined.
The plan depends on 7 different kinds of exercise. They are:
1. Movement Prep 2. Prehab 3. Phsyioball 4. Elasticity 5. Strength 6. Energy Systems Development, and 7. Regeneration.
One reviewer complained about the nomenclature of the exercises. The renaming was necessary so that the objective of the exercises is clear. For example, "movement Prep" is stretching, but it is stretching with the purpose of developing the flexibility to move.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The content is fine but the exercise program and exercise charts on the kindle app are impossible to follow due to the way it is formatted. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tony Bravo
Having a bad back, this book has been a great help to me and many friends I have passed the book onto.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have found this fitness tool to be very helpful. The book is well written and easy to understand.