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About the Author

Frédéric Delavier is a gifted artist with an exceptional knowledge of human anatomy. He studied morphology and anatomy for five years at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied dissection for three years at the Paris Faculté de Médecine.

The former editor in chief of the French magazine PowerMag, Delavier is currently a journalist for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to several other muscle publications, including Men's Health Germany. He is the author of the best-selling Strength Training Anatomy, Women’s Strength Training Anatomy, The Strength Training Anatomy Workout, and Delavier's Stretching Anatomy.

Delavier won the French powerlifting title in 1988 and makes annual presentations on the sport applications of biomechanics at conferences in Switzerland. His teaching efforts have earned him the Grand Prix de Techniques et de Pédagogie Sportive. Delavier lives in Paris, France.

Michael Gundill has written 13 books on strength training, sport nutrition, and health including co-authoring The Strength Training Anatomy Workout. His books have been translated into multiple languages, and he has written over 500 articles for bodybuilding and fitness magazines worldwide, including Iron Man and Dirty Dieting. In 1998 he won the Article of the Year Award at the Fourth Academy of Bodybuilding Fitness & Sports Awards in California.

Gundill started weightlifting in 1983 in order to improve his rowing performance. Most of his training years were spent completing specific lifting programs in his home. As he gained muscle and refined his program, he began to learn more about physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics and started studying those subjects in medical journals. Since 1995 he has been writing about his discoveries in various bodybuilding and fitness magazines all over the world.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (October 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450413994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450413992
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I had planned to submit a review of Delavier's Core Training Anatomy earlier, but upon its arrival my husband picked it up and has been reluctant to part with it. It fired his enthusiasm for getting back into shape because of its clear, simple text and precisely rendered illustrations and effective photographs. I have never seen him respond to exercise materials as he has to this book. The publisher, Human Kinetics, always produces quality books, but this particular book can fire you up to want to exercise because it reduces reluctance through a solid presentation that makes you feel that your understand how to achieve your goals and why other approaches may have been ineffective.

My husband has tried to shore-up sagging abdominals for a long time, but always quit routines that were either boring or painful. Delavier gives him the insights into how the body works, a variety of approaches, and ways to avoid injury while training. I believe this time, with this book, my husband will achieve his goals.

There are 460 visual depictions of the recommended exercises and the body itself. There is not guesswork. You know which exercise will impact which muscle group and why. Delavier ensures you know how muscles, joints and bones work together and are affected by the 100 exercises divided into 60 programs. There is truly something for everyone in this book, male or female, young, middle-aged or older. You can improve both your body's health and appearance through the knowledge this book provides.

This is not just another general fitness book. It targets the core specifically and then provides routines designed to the specific needs of its readers.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Hutcheson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
The core is a critical part of the body. Fact is, a strong core can help you function just about better than anything else. But what exactly is the core? What does it consist of? Surely it's more than the so-called abs. Well, it is. And in this fantastic book you'll find out all about it. Moreover, you'll discover how to correctly exercise your core. There are over 100 exercises and 60 programs for a strong core.

Being able to see the muscles worked is so incredibly helpful.

The contents are:

20 Steps to Creating the Perfect Core Workout Program
1. Set your goals
2. How many workouts should you do each week?
3. On which days of the week should you exercise?
4. Should you exercise once or twice per day?
5. What time of day should you exercise?
6. How many sets should you do?
7. Be flexible and adaptable
8. How many exercises should you do for each muscle?
9. When should you change exercises?
10. How many repetitions should you do per set?
11. How quickly should you perform repetitions?
12. Adjust range of motion in the exercises
13. How long should a workout last?
14. How much rest time should you take between sets?
15. Determine the most appropriate weight for each exercise
16. When should you increase the weight?
17. Determine rest time between exercises
18. Learn to choose exercises that work for you
19. Know when to change your workout program
20. Taking a vacation?
Keep a Workout Notebook
Making Progress

Increase the Visibility of Your Abs
Exercising Your Abs for a Smaller Waist
Intensity First!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sally L. Benjamin on December 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Delavier's Core Training Anatomy is a beautiful book, beautifully written. As a scientist, I appreciate the detail provided, the excellent anatomical drawings and the specific answers to logical questions anyone would have when beginning core training. I am not an athlete, in fact I know next to nothing about weight-training. So, I was looking for a book that would get me started in retraining my 50+ year old body in order to protect my back health and prepare me for the rigors of retirement. I am beyond delighted with Delavier's Core Training Anatomy book. It provides a step-wise approach to identifying training goals, beginning and advanced training program development, and even a section on training for specific goals (wellness, six-pack ab development, and sport-specific conditioning). This single book will take me from my present flabby condition through to having a healthy back and, if I persist in my training, a 6-pack abdomen before I reach my 60s!! Fabulous. In addition to being well-written, wonderfully organized and beautifully illustrated, this soft-cover book is very well-made. It is a heavy book with plenty of clay in the paper and, as a result, it has the 'feel' of a high-quality publication. At the same time, it is not too thick to carry to the gym. I am looking forward to putting the information in this great book into practice, AFTER I talk to my doctor about my plans (as suggested in the book for anyone with back problems, hernia, etc.). Hurray for Delavier's Core Training Anatomy, a book jocks and nerds can appreciate.
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