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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 (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,366 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 personally love this approach and will continue to incorporate the Foundation moves into my current workouts.
Ann
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has constant back pain, is considering back surgery or has back problems in spite of recent back surgery.
Oscar
The exercises are clearly explained, and include very high quality pictures and easy to understand instructions.
Tom Kline

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56 of 59 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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58 of 63 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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22 of 25 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nutter on June 28, 2011
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A very thorough and convincing analysis of why we have back pain, and the obvious steps to take to eliminate the pain. I've started the program set out in the book, and it does work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By alex on August 19, 2011
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I had 3 months of back pain and was starting to feel desperate. I tried everything and nothing worked. The back spasms were irritated by everything I was doing to try and help the issue. The Dr prescribed muscle relaxers and anti inflammatory and I took those for a month and no improvement. I had massages, adjustments and they helped for a day or two then the spasms would come right back. I started doing the basic routine even though I still had the back spasms and right away I started feeling new strength in my back. I am now about a month into the program and my back pain is completely gone and my back has never been stronger. I would highly recommend this program, the only downfall is you actually have to do the exercises, not just read about them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barbara S. Reeves on July 24, 2012
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As a recovering opiate addict, I have to be really careful when I find myself in physical pain. The dope fiend in me would love to have any excuse for a legitimate prescription of Lortab, Vicodin, or better yet, Oxycontin. And I assure you, there's plenty of people walking around wishing for a broken bone, a root canal, or a bad back so they can get their hands on these deceptively happy pills.

So last year, when my lower back started hurting, I became worried for this very reason. The lat thing I need in my life, more so than "normal" people, is chronic pain. I assumed it was from all the running I do. I ran really hard that winter and that's when I noticed my back getting stiff after siiting for a while and just plain hurting when I stood for very long. So I took a month off from running. That didn't seem to help. The next best thing I figured I could do was read about it. That's when I came across "Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer back Pain, and Move with Confidence" by Dr. Eric Goodman and Peter Park. The authors suggest that strengthening all the muscles of the back and correcting poor movement patterns can help conquer back pain caused by degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis among other causes.

Well, the good news is that it works. The bad news is that you have to workout, I mean, really, workout. Foundation offers a basic workout, a moderate, and an intense workout. I made it to the intense workout after a couple of months, then stopped. I already have a calisthenics routine and I can't stop running, so this was just too much exercise. Naturally, the pain returned and got bad enough that I decided to incorporate some of the Foundation exercises into my regular calisthenics workout. And that works for me. I"m not one hundred percent cured, but at least now I don't have to worry about craving narcotics to kill the pain.

Written by David Allan Reeves
Author of "Running Away From Me"
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