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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609611004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609611002
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I thought my lower back would be my Achilles’ heel forever. Foundation training took that thought
out of the equation. I feel strong and flexible, and my posture is better than it has ever been.
This stuff is just plain good for you.”—Matthew McConaughey, actor
 
“I have always been in great shape and take pride in maintaining a certain level of fitness, but in the time I have been working with Peter Park and Eric Goodman, I have reached a new level of endurance, stamina, and strength. The program pushes me without exhausting me, conditions me, and has completely changed the way my body moves and feels.”—Derek Fisher, LA Laker and NBA champion
 
“I am fortunate enough to represent some of the world’s greatest athletes, and after working with
Peter and Eric for the last two years, I am starting to feel as strong as one! The core principles of this book have made me stronger and fitter than I ever imagined possible, and I intend to make them
a part of my daily routine for many years to come.”—Casey Wasserman, chairman and CEO of Wasserman Media Group

About the Author

DR. ERIC GOODMAN earned a doctor of chiropractic degree after undergraduate study in physiology and nutrition. He developed an innovative approach to human performance and movement in his work training elite athletes.

PETER PARK, Lance Armstrong’s strength and conditioning coach and one of the top trainers in the country, owns Platinum Fitness gyms. A professional triathlete and ultrarunner, he has won two World’s Toughest Triathlon titles and five top-10 finishes in Ironman competitions.

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I read through the first third of the book as quickly as possible so I could get to the exercise portion.
P. Castillo
The exercises are clearly explained, and include very high quality pictures and easy to understand instructions.
Tom Kline
I read the book and started doing the exercises and it worked to relieve my back pain in just a few weeks.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By H. King on September 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I must disagree with another review that indicated the exercises in Foundation are aimed at people who are athletes or are already in good physical condition. I have never been an athlete, nor am I young. My back pain was so severe a few months ago that I had difficulty doing everyday things. I started with the beginning set of exercises and have, within a few weeks, moved into the moderate set. My back pain is significantly reduced. It's been weeks since I took even ibuprofen for pain. I had tried other things to alleviate back pain over the past 15 years (including physical therapy, chiropractic, and acupuncture) but this book has worked better for me than anything else.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Tom Kline on June 19, 2011
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Several months ago I had a major back spasm that left me crippled for a week. Unfortunately after my injury the pain never subsided, and I started to lose hope about living pain free again. I tried everything possible to get rid of the back pain, including acupuncture, physical therapy, yoga, etc.. I heard about this book and decided to give it a shot.

It literally changed my life. The stretches and lessons in this book target the regions of the back that are most troublesome for those with back pain. The exercises are clearly explained, and include very high quality pictures and easy to understand instructions. Following the guidance of this book I have been pain free for several weeks now. I would highly recommend anyone living with back pain to get this book, it may increase the quality of your life as well.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By mj on November 30, 2011
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Up until Memorial Day this year, I was playing soccer and refereeing at age 60. But then I torqued my back doing yardwork. I didn't have sciatica, but I could no longer run, bend over, get out of bed, and I could barely use the toilet in the morning. I tried celebrex, mobic, PT, chiro, yoga, massage, and personal training to change how I walked/ran. My pain level remained at around a 7. I finally got an MRI, which indicated advanced disk degeneration and a small disk bulge. Then I read that San Jose Earthquakes player Ramiro Corrales had spinal cortisone shots and followed the Foundation exercises throughout the season.

So 6 weeks ago, I started the exercises. My back was so weak, and I had to go so slowly, that one set of the basic 5 exercises took me 45 minutes. I could only hold the poses for a few seconds each. I had some immediate pain relief that first day, so I kept at it, building up to 20" poses. Each day my back improved. After 2 weeks, I realized I was supposed to do 3 sets of the basic exercises, so I increased my workout. Then I moved to the intermediate exercises, and now I am doing the advanced workout. My back is now strong enough, that if I trip, or if someone bumps into me or vice versa, I no longer get stabbing pain running up my spine. My pain dropped to a 3-4. I am pretty sure that the Foundation exercises opened my spinal joints and allowed blood into the area to help reduce the inflammation. I have also found that I need to do them almost every day.

Do you need to be an athlete to do these exercises? No, but you need to develop an athlete's resolve to keep at them. Remember, I was so weak I could barely do them in the beginning, so I had fallen out of an athletic state and had even become pre-diabetic.

Am I cured? No.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Heidi J Steere on January 5, 2012
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I really appreciated the simple, straight forward style of the book. It doesn't waste the readers time with chapters and chapters of self-promotion and the kinds of repetitive information and cliches often found in these types of books. The exercise section is well written with useful photographs/diagrams of muscle groups. There is a chapter that focuses on anatomy and mechanics that may be a bit much for the lay reader, but I appreciated it because it helped me visualize which muscles I should be targeting as I moved through the exercises.

But what you really want to know is, does it work? The answer, happily, is yes. I am a late 30's female who struggled with back pain for several years. Despite an active lifstyle, years of working in sales (ie: sitting at a desk or in a car for 8-10 hours per day) led to very inflexible hamstrings and hips. I tried yoga, "Miracle Balls", pilates, rolfing, massage, etc., to alleviate the pain in my lower back. While I found some temporary relief with all of these practices, the pain always returned. I found that my once active lifestyle became more and more sedentary as I tried to avoid activities that would aggravate the pain in my back.

After just the first session I felt like I stood taller and straighter when I was done. After four sessions, I felt some of the pressure on my lower back release. Whether or not it lasts remains to be seen... but I already know I will be incorporating these exercises into my morning routine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Carter on August 15, 2011
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My chiropractor recommended this book to me and I couldn't appreciate it more. There's a reason so many professional athletes are singing the praises of this program.

It extends from just a new way to working out (using mostly variants of yoga moves that you already know), to changing the way that you think about nutrition and changing the attitude that strengthening your core is just having wash board abs.

If you've ever had that shooting pain down the back of your leg or just the kind of tweek that reminds you that your getting older, get this book and start getting your back in the best shape of its life.
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