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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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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the material is ok, not great. But the postures shown are pretend yoga, with improper alignment and are sloppy. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Yogajd
my husband's chiropractor told him to get the book as it was just what he needed to keep his back in shape. Read morePublished 11 days ago by beverly hansen
Who knew?! Back relief in a book! This has been the best medicine for both my husband and myself. So great we now have shared with neighbors and have stretching and exercise... Read morePublished 20 days ago by j.Hartfelder
Too much fluff and no substance. Potentially dangerous. Initially, it reads like an infomercial: rambling and disorganized except to tout all the testimonials. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Garamanda
A good book to keep your back / core in shape. Concentrates on the posterior core. Recommend for general fitness / core maintenance, not just for back pain.Published 27 days ago by dj
Da problem --- My biggest problem is that my right upper back is numb, I just can't feel it. The only time I can is when I relax all the muscles in my back after intensive deeper... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Heidi
I don't have any major back problems, but I do want to make sure I have good posture to prevent any potential injuries. This book is a practical intro into doing just that. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Ben W. Rogers
This book has been replaced by his book! My Chiropractor recommended that I only use the new book.Published 1 month ago by R. Rowe