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The Core Program: 15 Minutes a Day That Can Change Your Life Hardcover – August 28, 2001
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Exercise books often make grandiose claims of improving everything from your sex life to your cholesterol level. At best, these claims are harmless; at worst, annoying. Every so often, however, a program is developed with attention to specific issues, backed up with strong medical knowledge, and presented in a plain and helpful manner. Peggy Brill is a physical therapist who has created just such an exercise program. The Core Program offers numerous ways to improve deep muscle strength in women, which can lead to improved posture, strength, and energy levels.
Brill's program is designed specifically for women and built around easy exercises for the torso area, starting deep with the pelvic floor and working its way out from there. As it is a no-impact program that takes just a few minutes each day, it's easy for every woman to incorporate into her schedule, and equally appropriate for teens or senior citizens. She emphasizes that "the Core Program is supposed to relieve stress, not cause it," so a skipped routine or two is not the end of the world. The exercises are similar to those taught in physical therapy visits. Muscle groups from head to toe are gently warmed up before moving into yoga-inspired stretches and lift-and-hold exercises. Each one is shown with photographs and detailed written instructions, and all are easy to follow, even for a novice. With a few simple tests, you can easily determine the exercise level appropriate for you out of the three different levels shown. Amid all the instruction are plenty of stories from women with chronic fatigue or injuries who have successfully improved their stamina and strength. Whether this is the only fitness program in your life or an addition to your regular workout, you'll find this book informative and educational, with achievable goals and straightforward routines. --Jill Lightner
Exercise your right to feel fabulous!
“Working with Peggy is a dream! Her ideas are terrific and the relationship she develops with you makes you feel confident about improvement.”
— Coach Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of Duke University's men's basketball team
“Nothing is more important to strength, health and vitality than strong core muscles. I know this from both personal and professional experience. Peggy Brill’s exercise program is effective for every woman, no matter what her current fitness level. And because it takes only 15 minutes per day, everyone can benefit.”
— Christiane Northrup, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
“Using The Core Program, you’ll give your body a head-to-toe workout that will also tone your muscles and carve inches off your waist and hips. You’ll look great and feel terrific. Best of all, the easy-to-do Core movements can be done no matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter whether you are overweight or skinny, fit or sedentary.”
— Peggy Brill
Hear what women are saying about The Core Program:
“Sitting at the computer all day left me feeling drained. Now I don’t feel like I’ve been run over by a truck at the end of the day.”
— Nancy, 32
“Finally I’m graceful; my strides are fluid. When I catch a glimpse of myself in a store window, I see a confident woman, not someone who looks like she carries the weight of the world on her shoulders.”
— Jenna, 47
“I’ve been jogging for a few years, but not without discomfort in my hips. Now I enter minimarathons, and keeping up with my husband is no trouble at all.”
— Ellen, 37
“For the first time in much too long, I feel terrific from head to toe. I never thought I’d feel this way again!”
— Maria, 42
Top customer reviews
I was in the store shopping yesterday,,, checked up then realized I was not triggering..legs were not shaking or tight, neck was not setting me off when I moved around. I have about 5 more chapters and many more stretches but just half ass doing the first few has changed my life. WOW
This last week, I added three more exercises - at this point I'm up to the cobra position. I plan to add at least another two or three in this week - and I'm actually looking forward to it.
And yet another testimonial: My daughter competes in horse shows and my husband and I support her. Typically, these are long, exhausting days and at the end of them, I usually just collapse on the couch when I get home. I am beat - my body hurts everywhere. And this is after a SINGLE day of showing. This past weekend, we did a full weekend show - showing all day Saturday and Sunday. I've been dreading this show because I knew I would be utterly drained to the point of needing to take a day off from work to recover. HOWEVER, on the way home, I stopped and shopped at one of the largest Walmarts in our state, then got home, and completely unloaded the car and put everything away AND finished making dinner. And the only thing that really hurt was my feet. I noticed after I got home that my knees didn't ache at all - and usually they are what slows me down the most. And I went to work - no problem - and I feel good.
At this point, I strongly recommend this book. But I've only given it 4 stars because I plan to update as I go along with the program. I'm sure that by the time I get through all 3 levels, this will be a 5 star review.