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Condor Knife and Tool Dismissal 12-Inch Black Blade, Plain
Condor Knife and Tool Dismissal 12-Inch Black Blade, Plain
Price: $20.07
21 used & new from $15.76

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars throws very nicely, January 5, 2013
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I learned to throw with lighter weight knives several months ago. This heavier, longer Condor knife feels and throws much better. It's balanced nicely and sticks perfectly every time. Definitely a big step up from smaller, lighter knives.

Insten 1000mah Hi-Cap Battery for Zune 1s Gen 30GB 30G+Tool
Insten 1000mah Hi-Cap Battery for Zune 1s Gen 30GB 30G+Tool
Price: $7.99
2 used & new from $7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars easy install, July 15, 2012
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My 30 gb Zune would not hold a charge and eventually got to the point that it would not even power up when plugged into a dock or USB port.

After watching two short videos on Youtube showing how to open the Zune and change the battery, I purchased this battery and installation tools through Amazon. The product arrived quickly and was just as advertised, except that it DID NOT include a screwdriver as shown. Not a big problem as I have an assortment of small screwdrivers already. This would have been frustrating if I didn't have the necessary screwdriver and was expecting it to be in the repair kit, as the picture shows. Changing the battery took only a few minutes and the player works like new again.

note: you will need a very small screwdriver to remove the two phillips head screws on the Zune player. A repair kit for sunglasses/reading glasses works perfect for this.

The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution: The Slow Motion Exercise That Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week
The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution: The Slow Motion Exercise That Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week
by Michael R. Eades
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.25
286 used & new from $0.01

20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall good approach, November 30, 2009
My background: Certified Personal Trainer; Nutritionist; Neuromuscular Therapist; Anatomy and Physiology Educator.

Generally, I like the Super Slow approach to weight training. It's safer and more effective than most methods because it eliminates the momentum-building techniques (read: poor form, cheating)that often lead to injury, especially with inexperienced athletes. Super Slow techniques safely force the muscles to do 100% of the work by eliminating outside forces (i.e. momentum). This approach is neither new, nor "revolutionary", however. The authors did not invent super slow training, they've merely borrowed concepts that have been around for many, many years and given it their own private label.

Some negatives about the book:

1- The authors emphatically assert that Super Slow is the ONLY way to train and that everything else (stretching, Pilates, Yoga, aerobics, other methods of weight training) is a complete waste of time. Nonsense! Super Slow is a very good way to train; however, considering the almost infinite adaptability of the human muscular and nervous system to any type of training, one quickly realizes that Super Slow is not a "silver bullet". There are a million ways to train and all of them work- some of the time. They don't all work all of the time.

2- The workout protocol is overly dogmatic. The authors specify (for no stated reason)that you have to do the exercises in the exact order given, which exercise are allowed and how long to rest between sets. These rules have no basis in reality (see point #1). Again, considering the enormous variability from one person to the next a "one-size-fits-all" approach to weight training simply doesn't work. If a person is new to weight training this would be a reasonable first step to starting a program but shouldn't be considered the one and only way to do it.

3- The diet: Not balanced at all and seems very "Atkins" oriented (which research shows is definitely not the best long-term approach to a healthy diet). Diet is like weight training: a universal, one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work because people and their biochemistry are all different. It seems to consider all carbohydrate as bad and is favored heavily towards a high protein, restricted calorie diet consisting of ham, bacon, burgers, dairy and eggs (gee, isn't this the way most overweight people eat already?)and very light on the fresh vegetable, fruit and whole grain/complex carbohydrate. I'm not sure how you're supposed to effectively train in the high intensity, super slow method with virtually no carbohydrates, a muscle's primary fuel, in your diet.

4- Some statements indicate a lack of fundamental understanding of human physiology and what sparks the strength/muscle building process. The book incorrectly states that the MUSCLES initiate the growth process and the Central Nervous System then responds. Sorry folks, the CNS is what actually initiates and finalizes the growth process, not the muscles. Muscles only respond to what the CNS tells them to do. Most readers will not notice or care about these minor points but it does raise questions about the validity of some of the author's other opinions and claims.

1- A safe, very effective way to build muscle and strength.
2- The short workouts are ideal for busy people or people who don't necessarily like to exercise.
3- Brief, high intensity routines get great results without risk of overtraining or repetitive injury
4- The routines are simple and easy to learn.
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Business Mastery : A Guide for Creating a Fulfilling, Thriving Business and Keeping It Successful
Business Mastery : A Guide for Creating a Fulfilling, Thriving Business and Keeping It Successful
by Cherie Sohnen-Moe
Edition: Paperback
213 used & new from $0.01

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars impractical and boring, November 22, 2007
One of the most boring and impractical books I've ever read. This was the textbook used in my massage college for teaching business-building skills and establishing a clinical practice. There is very little practical or useful advice, especially for the massage or bodywork practitioner. The information is bland, the writing style hopelessly boring and the methodolgy flawed. Great on presenting theory but comes up short with information that truly works. When I began teaching massage therapy and Career Development, "Business Mastery" was the only textbook I was allowed to use. No other book put my students into a mental stupor more quickly than this one. Marketing advice should be simple, exciting and inspire you to see possibilities; this book makes it about as desirable as a root canal.

If you are interested in practical advice, I would recommend "Marketing Massage- How To Build Your Dream Practice", by Monica Rosenberry. Her methods are not based on classroom rhetoric or theory. To write her book, Monica interviewed and observed therapists from all over the United States, then catalogued the techniques/approaches that work and the ones that don't. She also offers the observations of clients/patients, what drives them away forever or keeps them coming back for years. Monica is a therapist herself, so has plenty of first-hand advice to offer in addition to interviews.

Massage with Confidence
Massage with Confidence
DVD ~ Robert B. Haase
Price: $19.95
7 used & new from $6.77

75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not great, September 17, 2007
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This review is from: Massage with Confidence (DVD)
I am a professionally licensed massage therapist with 6 years experience.

I based my buying decision on reviews and the DVD description and jacket photo, which give the impression that advanced massage techniques are demonstrated. This video presents very basic Swedish massage, nothing more. The contents listed on the DVD cover claim to teach myofascial release, trigger point therapy, sports massage and deep tissue techniques. Sorry to say, NONE of these is included in the massage session in the video. I'm not sure how the therapist, Robert Haase, expects to perform deep tissue therapy or myofascial release when the first thing he does is slather his client with gobs of massage oil. He does not slow down, much less pause, long enough in his massage to even remotely perform trigger point therapy, deep tissue release or MFR. The video demonstrates a good, basic Swedish massage routine but nothing advanced or unique. If you are a therapist with any experience at all there's little here that will be enlightening. The music soundtrack is annoying and a better choice could have been made.

On a positive note: the model in the video is beautiful and draping is presented in a great way. It was refreshing to see a real massage session performed without a 'first grade' mentality of over-draping. Many therapists fiddle around with draping so much during a session that it destroys vitually all continuity and is very distracting. Most therapists, once they have some experience and have established a trusting, professional relationship with their clients, end up draping as shown anyway. I'm not sure what all the negative comments are addressing-nothing presented in the video violates local laws or will offend the modesty/comfort level of most clients. Every client is different and a therapist should use common sense and drape to make his/her client the most comfortable, the video merely shows one way of doing it.

If you are new to massage this is a good video to have and you'll no doubt pick up some useful tidbits of information. If you are interested in advanced or structural massage (sports, trigger point, MFR) you'll find none of that here. Art Riggs', "Advanced Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release", is an excellent choice for serious therapists.
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Side Lying Therapeutic Massage DVD
Side Lying Therapeutic Massage DVD
Offered by MassageStore
Price: $39.90
3 used & new from $34.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars informative introduction to side-lying massage, September 2, 2007
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I am a Neuromuscular Therapist and use the side-lying posture daily in my practice. Ralph's DVD is a great introduction to this posture if you've never used it and want to learn how or already use it but appreciate pointers on improving your work. If you already do side-lying work there's nothing earth-shattering presented in the video. However, the techniques he demonstrates are very good, nuts-and-bolts side-lying techniques and you'll hear informative tips and insights that are always helpful. His approaches for releasing common problem areas, such as the rotator cuff, pectorals, IT Band, hips and cervical region are very good and will definitely improve your effectiveness if you've only attempted this work with your clients placed in the prone or supine positions.

This DVD is definitely worth the investment and will surely enhance your skills, both in technique and knowledge. Clients rarely ever receive massage in the side-lying position, which is a shame because it works so well for many reasons. If you learn this work as presented in the DVD and build on it through practice, side-lying massage will set you apart from most other therapists and increase your effectiveness. Ralph underscores that side-lying massage isn't only useful for treating pregnant women; this is a great approach for many different situations, especially for resolving more complicated muscle pain issues.

Highly recommended.

Sport Stretch, 2nd Edition: 311 Stretches for 41 Sports
Sport Stretch, 2nd Edition: 311 Stretches for 41 Sports
by Michael J. Alter
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.95
162 used & new from $0.01

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, May 17, 2006
I am a certified personal trainer, athlete, medical massage practitioner and I teach anatomy/physiology, so I review this book with some authority.

The opening chapters explain quite nicely the scientific rationale for, and benefits of, stretching for those who prefer to have a technical basis for what they do. You'll find great variety here and many unique stretches I've not seen in similar books.

To address some of the negative reviews:

Nowhere does the author recommend performing dangerous stretches or techniques beyond the abilities of the reader. Some advanced stretches are presented for informational purposes but with the caveat that these are for VERY specific applications and should be attempted ONLY if you do not have contraindicated conditions. To quote the book: "There is generally no such thing as an unsafe stretch or exercise: only an unsafe way of executing any movement for a specific individual at a specific time". In other words, everyone is different and the reader should use good judgment in their choices. Some people will take very "safe" stretches and get injured by using sloppy form or not training within their abilities while others can perform "dangerous" stretches very safely by proceeding slowly, deliberately and realistically training within their own physical limitations.

Some reviewers purport that 2 or 3 stretches are all that you need and the author is fooling you with many "goofy" stretches. Ridiculous! Can a carpenter build a house with only a hammer and level? NO! If two good stretches were all you needed for each muscle, then the book would simply be entitled, "Two Stretches That Work For Every Person and Sport". Personally, I like that the author has provided a huge amount of variety. That way, I can try any number of the 311 stretches taught and find the 3 or 4 that work best for me for each muscle group. As my needs change, then I can go back to the book and try something different. I would rather have too much information than not enough. If some readers are annoyed by the variety there are plenty of very basic, boring stretch books out there to fill their needs. Also, if you read and understand the opening chapters, you'll know how to adapt any of the stretches to active, dynamic, PNF or vice versa. The book will not limit your advancement as some reviewers mistakenly believe.

I highly recommend this book. It's clear, concise and presents many options, from basic to advanced, for you to build a good stretching program.

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