M. Michelsen

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (25 of 27)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,263,164 - Total Helpful Votes: 25 of 27
Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional (Boo&hellip by Magnus Lie Hetland
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Basically what the previous reviewer, Mr. Singer, says: This book is very discriminating vis-a-vis its 'beginning' audience. Lots of good and well-written chapters but the author plainly fails to grasp that some of these concepts are very difficult, and that he needs to slow it down a bit.

The book is marred by a painful lack of judgment about what needs attention and how much and at what stage. Important and difficult bits are not properly spelled out - as they should be in a book that says _beginning_ on the cover, unimportant (at this stage) and hugely difficult subjects are discussed at incomprehensible length (after which is appended an acknowledgement that you're unlikely… Read more
Strength Ball Training by Lorne Goldenberg
Strength Ball Training by Lorne Goldenberg
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I ordered this book to supplement The Core Workout: A Definitive Guide to Swiss Ball Training for Athletes, Coaches and Fitness Professionals and fortunately the latter arrived first. Whereas "The Core Workout" provides the beginner with a proper introduction and progression of exercises as well as some useful 'exercise theory', "Strength Ball Training" provides a short introduction, full of jumbled medical and sports science factoids, hints, dos and don'ts, etc. followed by the exercises, leaving the reader unsure of what is really essential. So I'd definitely not recommend it as your first 'ball book'.

That said, it is… Read more
The Core Workout: A Definitive Guide to Swiss Ball&hellip by Joanne Elphinston
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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… Read more

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