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Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain, and Move with Confidence Paperback – May 10, 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
I tried everything, and spent thousands of dollars. I saw my doctor, received massage therapy for years, chiropractor, acupuncture, and even did yoga and pilates. They all seemed to offer some degree of pain relief and maybe I'd go a couple months without pulling my back. But it'd always get injured again.
Recently, after yet another pulled back, out of desperation I went searching for a book and came across this one.
I waited 6 months before writing this review, so I could give a good testimonial. And what a great 6 months it has been! I started doing the exercises in this book while in the midst of back pain, and it slowly went away, so far never to return.
All the other "treatments" I received addressed a variety of things... posture, flexibility, stiffness, alignment, whatever. But the root cause remained: my back muscles, (or posterior chain as the book refers to it as) were simply weak. No amount of other treatments would help, as my weak back was just so easy to injure.
It took about three weeks of following the program in the book before I started noticing improvement. After 6 weeks, the improvement was very substantial. Now, it's an amazing and enjoyable improvement...Read more ›
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Helpful advice on how to improve and strengthen one's posture.Published 23 days ago by ingebjørg hansen
reallly helped me with new back problems from putting on serious biking milesPublished 24 days ago by hollyc360
My husband has been battling back problems for several years, trying doctors, chiropractors and several different methods of stretching.. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am just going to ask the obvious question, why not a a DVD with or instead of a book. Now I am trying to learn a new workout while flipping pages and trying to keep the book open... Read morePublished 1 month ago by leslie a grundler
My chiropractor recommended this book for a back injury. I can definitely recommend the exercises. The only problem is being disciplined enough to make yourself do them!Published 1 month ago by regjay
Love this book!! It has helped me so much with my back pain! Nothing else was working. I also reached out to a *somehwhat* local trainer who skyped me to help me learn these... Read morePublished 1 month ago by kassyd
nothing you cannot find on the internet/youtube. First 50 pages dwell on technical reasons why you might (but not necessarily) have back pain. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim McQuality