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Core Performance Essentials: The Revolutionary Nutrition and Exercise Plan Adapted for Everyday Use Paperback – December 12, 2006
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“Do this routine three times a week . . . and consider your New Year's resolution accomplished.” ―Health magazine
“There is no doubt that my body has undergone drastic change working with Mark, but just as important is the mental change in me and in my life.” ―Curt Schilling
About the Author
MARK VERSTEGEN, founder and president of Athletes' Performance, is a widely sought-after performance coach, consultant, and motivational speaker who resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
PETE WILLIAMS is a veteran journalist who writes about fitness, business, and sports. He lives in Safety Harbor, Florida.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book was recommended to me by a business associate of the author. It was specifically recommended because it is the 'easiest book the author has written for incorporating fitness into the normal person's lifestyle' (i.e. for those who do NOT have the time to spend an hour or more at the gym each night). For me, the book is really two books; (1) nutrition 101 and (2) exercise for life.
For nutrition, the author makes it easy to understand the theory of nutrition (i.e. eating). He starts with theory, then grocery shopping, and then the eating schedule. This book does recommend more frequent mini-meals, rather than big dinners. Anyways, some very sound basics to answer the question of what you should put in body for maximum performance and health.
For exercise, the author asks you to commit 30 minutes a day to a core performance workout (ok, with a shower its 45 minutes). For novices, the Core is essentially your mid section (abs, stomach, butt, thigh, shoulder, back, etc.), but the program really hits every muscle group. As for the program, you can do all the exercises at home, without investing in costly equipment. The exercises focus on flexibility, endurance and strength and really do work. I started the program a little over 3 weeks ago and can already "feel" and see the difference. For the record, I've had lower back issues for 6+ years and since using the Core Performance it's never felt better. Not once have I have to 'roll out' of bed in the morning.
Live longer, feel healthier, and look better. Some motivation, 30 minutes per day, and this book are all you really need.
Thanks Mark for making professional athletic training programs applicable to the regular guy!
Mark does an excellent job of introducing the concept of training movement patterns, not individual muscles--this is the secret to top conditioning coaches and Mark does an excellent job of presenting the info in consumer friendly language.
As a personal trainer I will buy this book for clients and teach them exercises out of this book so they can progress or regress the exercises on their own. My goal for clients is to teach them how to be independent when working out and Verstegen's book is a great resource for that goal.
"Core Performance Essentials" is about building an exercise foundation for the average person/weekend athlete to improve health and well being.
"Core Performance" is for the competitive athlete that wants to undertake a comprehensive, rigorous training program to improve performance
The Core Performance web site contains all of the above training programs and more, allowing you to cycle though different training programs over time. While I was initially put off at the annual price of $80 per year. I signed up after completing "Core Performance Essentials" and consider it to be a good investment.
I am a 51 year old male with merely average, not outstanding athletic abilities. I've done basic jogging/aerobic exercise for 30 years every other day. I don't engage in any competitive sports at present. I exercise to maintain overall health, vitality and weight.
I followed the "Core Performance Essentials" book for nine months, slowly cycling through the levels of workout in this book. I then progressed to an online membership at coreperformance.com, where I have been through two cycles of one of the many online workout programs, called "Live Better, Live Longer". I am on a rational, time sensitive plan of 3 sessions a week, for 45 to 60 minutes a session.
I feel much better on this program. I have better overall body strength. This program particularly emphasizes the stabilization and strength of your major joints - shoulders, hips and knees, and I can tell it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent resource book for body sculpting and staying in shapePublished 8 months ago by Jana Greer
This book I'm sure is great for someone of a much younger age than I. Much too difficult for my generation. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dominic Costanzo
This review is for the Kindle version. Disclaimer: I have a Kindle Fire. I haven't had time to evaluate the effectiveness of the workouts in the book, but the figures for the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dan
If you need help with eating better than the typical American standard diet that consists of prepackaged and fast foods, this book may be good. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author is a terrific educator and inspirational. Knows his material and make it easy to understand.Published 18 months ago by Mil
As another reviewer mentioned, get this book only if you haven't read anything else by Verstegen, or if you found the material in his other books overwhelming and wanted just the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by dsm1980