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The Core Workout: A Definitive Guide to Swiss Ball Training for Athletes, Coaches and Fitness Professionals [Paperback]

Joanne Elphinston , Paul Pook
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Core Workout; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953985911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953985913
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 21 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 721,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Core Workout is your expert guide to Swiss ball training for core stability. Used by top athletes and fitness professionals across a wide range of sports Swiss ball training can enhance essential stability and control for sport and fitness. With over 30000 copies sold world wide and used by international and national elite sports organisations The Core Workout features: More than 85 drills with clear progressions Over 200 illustrations Techniques to recruit your core muscles Common errors Partner and two ball drills Weight training and stretching on your ball Sample sport specific programmes. 144 pages written by Joanne Elphinston and Paul Pook

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting practically orientated read. 25 Sep 2001
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this book is an excellent read covering what has now become a central issue in the sports science and rehabilitation world. Core stabilty which is the primary focus of this publication is covered in substanial detail providing the reader with clear concise guidelines on the inclusion of this concept to improve almost every aspect of his/her athletic performance.The issues covered in the book vary from conditioning, decreasing injury risk, improving balance and muscular coordination to improving posture.
The book is comprehensible even to the lay person and is an fantastic interesting practical guide to the world of 'core stability'.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginner's guide to core workout 12 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
Regardless of the title, "The Core Workout..." is for everyone, in particular for beginners who want a solid and sensible grounding in form and technique. The reason for the title's "dedication" is that the authors' ultimate focus is that your final workout routine should be tailored to support the demands of your chosen primary sports routine, be it skiing, golfing, etc. However, this is just one late chapter and can be ignored if this is not your focus.

Swiss balls can be used for a lot of things. The book puts the swiss ball to use in the service of 'core workout', the idea that strengthening lower-lying abdominal muscles has a number of beneficial effects, including better posture, decreasing back pain risks, and generally providing a functional workout. A 'core workout' is not restricted to working core muscles - their special use is just integrated into exercises covering legs, upper body, back, arms etc. Furthermore, it is not 'strength training' per se, although the final chapter is devoted to that. A core workout will tax balance and stamina more than explosive strength.

The book is laid out simply and helpfully with a nice big readable font and good photos. The progression through the book is excellent: You start out by reading about basic techniques and principles, which is really the reason you want to buy this book rather than just google some ball exercises. "Form is everything", the authours keep stressing and they back it up with explaining (and constantly referring to) said form in an admirable fashion. The explanations of these ideas really help you understand what it is you're doing and why when doing an exercise - something I often find missing in other such books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swiss ball exercises 17 Jun 2009
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This book was recommended to me by a Chiropractic Doctor. I have a long standing back problem and need to improve my core stability. The book is a guide for athletes, coaches and fitness professionals (as stated on the cover) but has easy to follow instructions with diagrams suitable even for a novice like me!
I had bought a swiss ball years ago after hearing it was good for back problems but couldn't find a good workout programme so it lay hidden away in a cupboard. Fortunately this book also tells you about safety aspects such as how much to inflate the ball which comes in handy if instructions are lost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars core workout review, buy this book 14 Aug 2009
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really good book, simple to understand, lots of pictures, suits all levels with progression to harder exercises for those who want it. I would not buy any other book-this one has it all, and was recommended to me by my physio.
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