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Core Strength for 50+: A Customized Program for Safely Toning Ab, Back, and Oblique Muscles Paperback – August 21, 2012
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Top customer reviews
Cons: Core exercises seem to be pretty much the same and the exercises in this book can be found in just about any beginning core exercise books. There is nothing special here for people over 50 years of age since most beginning core exercise books have the same exercises and also use the same gradient approach to achieving the full stance and benefit of the exercise. Finally, you can get these same exercises for free online at any of the numerous health and fitness websites. So, if you already have a core exercise book, I suggest you use it and, if you would like to save money and still get the exercises just search for core exercises online and check out the many websites that offer them with instructions for free.
If you are 50-65 and in reasonable shape you may find this book right. Over 65 and in reasonable shape it is so-so. I am in reasonable shape and found many outside my range + there is way too many words about other stuff.
*Easy, effective exercises
*Excellent tips on correct form
*Easy to identify the levels
*Options for exercises with or without props
*I learned a lot from this author and felt the program was very doable.
*The pictures are helpful and inspiring.
*I enjoyed the excellent feedback about the various "props".
*I read to the middle of the book the first time I opened it. On the first day, a large section of the book pages came unglued all the way across. I was very disappointed as this was a new book, just received from Amazon.
*Font is very small even for my eyes and I don't wear glasses!
(The kindle version may have been a better choice given these factors.)
*Another reviewer mentions a lay flat design - my book ISBN 978-1-61243-101-7 is in paper format but does not lay flat.
*There were several edit errors, which rather surprised me.
*The book also had confusing instructions with reference to getting started as there was more than one "Level 1". It seems they could have combined both Level 1 pages to make it less confusing. The difference was only a couple of exercises w/ props but I had to flip back and forth and compare to figure out why more than one of the same level.
Overall, I still consider this the best core reference book I've read out of many others. I would recommend this book to anyone with concerns of strains, pains, injuries, balance issues and/or just starting out. I am just a little frustrated my copy came apart so easily! If you have the ability to read Kindle on a decent size monitor, I recommend purchasing the Kindle version.