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Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain, and Move with Confidence Paperback – May 10, 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I also ended up purchasing the DVD. I think, once I start consistently incorporating these exercises, I will see great improvement in my core stability. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Leslie Ames
This is one of the best books I have ever read, as it has helped me reduce pain and strengthen my back. I do the basic exercises religiously, and they are extremely effective.Published 15 days ago by N. Phelps
I am doing exactly what the book advises to do and for me it's working!Published 17 days ago by venicecritic
I purchased the Foundation book to see if I could relieve my back pain where other methods hadn’t worked. Some background. I'm 52, active, and am in relatively good shape. Read morePublished 20 days ago by S Davies
Six months after surgeries to repair a meniscus tear on my left knee and remove a bone spur on my right toe, I could not walk for more than a few steps without feeling enormous... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Cynthia Blackwell
Every year, I would get back issues and end up at the acupuncture clinic for a month to get it fixed. This book and the exercise program in it, finally broke this pattern. Read morePublished 22 days ago by John Lundry
Never really write reviews but really had to do one on this; had two disc herniations L4-5 L5-S1 within 3 months, tried a bunch of stuff, Egoscue, Ferriss, Gokhale with partial... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Ciniminisman
Former college athlete who graduated and found myself at a desk 40+ hours a week. After a few injury and bad habits over the year, back pain developed from top to bottom. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Matthew D'Alberti
This book has changed my life... i got the videos too... there are good ones on youtube to follow along.. highly recommendPublished 1 month ago by Eli Wilhide