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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; 1 edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612431011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612431017
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Karl Knopf is the coordinator for the fitness therapist program at Foothill College of California. He is the author of numerous therapeutic fitness books such as The Foam Roller Workbook, The Healthy Shoulder Handbook and Stretching for 50+.

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Dr. Karl Knopf has taught corrective exercise to the disabled and older adults for over 37 years at Foothill College and is currently the Coordinator of the Adaptive Fitness Therapy AA Degree Program at the college. Dr. Karl as his students like to call him has authored over 15 books for both the lay public as well as for fitness trainers, as well as numerous articles.

Dr. Knopf was the founder and President of Fitness Educators of Older Adults for 15 years and he is currently on the Board of the Sit and Be Fit Organization. Dr. Knopf is also contributor to the International Sports Science Association courses on Fitness Therapy and Senior Fitness.

Through out Dr. Knopf's career he has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and has been quoted in major newspapers such LA Times, San Jose Mercury and Washington Post. He has served as a consultant to the State of California, Stanford University, Time Life Medical and he even contributed a chapter to a book by Richard Simmons. He is a frequent guest on radio and often speaks at Wellness Events.

Dr. Karl can be reached at Foothill College
650--949-7779 or knopfkarl@foothill.edu


Customer Reviews

The book is laid out with a good beginning, a foundation.
Susanna Hutcheson
Karl Knopf's book is a "must have" for anyone (even those under 50 years of age) with the goal of safe and sensible CORE strengthening.
Kim A. Jones, MA
I can only attribute that to 12 days with this book using the lowest level, lowest intensity of exercise.
Cookbookaddict

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Cookbookaddict on May 28, 2013
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I am in my upper 60s, and except for walking a lot, I am exercise averse. Never enjoyed exercise. Never actually felt better after exercise. To the extent I have exercised it was to achieve a goal, e.g., getting in shape to go on a kayaking trip. Well, you see I don't think of kayaking as exercising, I think of it as getting into places I could not otherwise go. So, I am not in great shape but I am thin. I give you this background information only to help you determine if this is a good book for you. There are many levels of exercises in this book and many different exercises at each level. You can choose between equipment free exercises and some minimal equipment exercises, e.g., using a balance ball. I started at the very lowest level with the lowest intensity and without any equipment. I did not expect much. The book told me not to expect too much too soon. But I knew I needed to strengthen my core and whatever I tried before was too hard and/or painful, e.g., pilates. No level of pilates seemed doable given my generally weak core. Mostly, my pot belly, in spite of the fact that I am thin, spoke to me and said I had to do something. I found this book quite by accident. The author's book on stretching for 50+ was advertised in my Tufts Nutrition Newsletter and I have found the books they advertise/recommend to be very helpful. Anyway to cut to the chase. I went out to do an hour's worth of yard clean up this weekend, which generally involves quite a bit of heavy lifting and this weekend was no exception. I expected to be in pain the next day as usual. I was not in the least bit of pain the next day. None. I can only attribute that to 12 days with this book using the lowest level, lowest intensity of exercise. Nothing else has changed. I also feel that I can carry significantly more weight. In addition I do not hate doing the exercises. I am very happy with this book.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Gilbert on August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
+1 star - lay flat binding. It might seem like something silly to rave about, but when you are trying out a new exercise, you want this binding format
+1 star - great list of exercises what do not require equipment
+1 star - has list of exercises according to difficulty
+1 star - great illustrations/models
+1 star - ability to scale up or down difficulty of each exercise
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By LeRoy Barnard on September 25, 2012
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In my 70th year I greatly appreciate Dr. Knopf's book, Core Strength for 50+. The biologically sound principles discussed and illustrated in exercise postures in the book are precisely what I have used to cure seriously painful low back issues. To understand the core muscle system read the excellent discussion of several aspects of the core in the Overview section.
This book is not about body building or pumping iron. It's about basic healthy strength to carry out one's daily life with enjoyment and quality. And anyone can find in Dr. Knopf's book simple exercises that can be done at home if so desired.
I have read and applied several of this author's books to my continuing benefit. In many ways they have helped me feel under "50+". And I find this one to perhaps be the most essential of all and excellently published by Ulysses Press.

Core Strength for 50+: A Customized Program for Safely Toning Ab, Back, and Oblique Muscles
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Hutcheson TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 3, 2012
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I really like this book. First I read it through. Of course, most of it is photos and instructions. But there's lots of information here. The book is laid out with a good beginning, a foundation. You can select five or six exercises and build your workout. You can do 10 reps or 30 seconds. Since I put my workout in Workout Trainer on my iPad, I use seconds. Of course, you're given the option for more reps and more seconds.

Once I read it through, I made sure to learn the basic exercises. I knew some of them. But the book made sure I did them right.

There are numerous levels of workouts. Some use no equipment. Others use a foam roller or perhaps a couple of them and still others use the fitness ball. The author says that all readers should do the level one workout to start with and that you should then begin at the true level of your fitness so you will be safe. No matter what exercises you do, you will work your entire core. And all levels are very effective. You do not need to use an uneven surface to get a terrific workout, as the author will tell you. But, you do have that option.

You choose the exercises you enjoy. If you've got a bad knee or other problems, the author tells you which exercises to avoid. I found the exercises to be safe and effective and fun. You won't find unsafe sit-ups or crunches. You'll find exercises that challenge your entire core and help you develop strength, feel and look younger.

Highly recommended.

-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By G. D. Mathews on August 11, 2013
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I don't like exercising, but the reality is that at a certain age you realize that your body (without some effort) is going on a long slow decline.
One of the things I especially dislike about exercising is that it hurts! You can end of in pain the next day and you don't want to exercise...so you put it off and the next thing you know, months have passed. Not so with this program.
This program is gentle training aimed at people (like me) who don't want or need bulging muscles. Instead, it slowly strengthens core muscles (think abdomen and lower back), and stretches and loosens tight muscles and tendons. The exercises can be strenuous, but you're encouraged to start at a slow pace and focus more on form than repetition. Slowly, over time, the exercise that seemed difficult on the first day seems very manageable during the 2nd week, and actually feels *good* after a month. Yeah, I said it, it feels good!
And when you're ready, you can move up a level and find yourself challenged all over again. The first levels start with no equipment required (I bought a yoga mat because I work on a tile floor). The equipment needed for the higher levels is minimal.
I've been using this for a few months and really enjoy and appreciate this program.
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