The BackSmart Fitness Plan: A Total-Body Workout to Strengthen and Heal Your Back Paperback – 1 Apr 2005
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From the Back Cover
"Back pain was a constant presence until I learned Dr. Weiss's principles. This simple guide will keep you feeling great in the gym or in the office, so you never have to be less than your best."
--Martin Boonzaayer, two-time Olympian and seven-time National Judo Champion
"We are now using the BackSmart Fitness Plan with all our patients at each stage of their rehabilitation."
--Jose A. Hernandez, D.C., Director, Pacific Spine and Rehab Center
The BackSmart Fitness Plan presents a revolutionary full-body program designed to strengthen the back and prevent injuries. Dr. Adam Weiss, a chiropractic physician, developed the successful BackSmart Method to overcome his own back injury without the use of medications. In this step-by-step program, he provides an organized routine of exercises to improve physical strength, flexibility, balance, muscular endurance, and appearance--all without causing stress or injury to the joints and ligaments.
You'll learn how to heal, strengthen, and protect your back while achieving peak condition and losing unwanted weight. The BackSmart Fitness Plan includes:
- Hundreds of exercises emphasizing proper form and balance
- Guidance on the proper use of free weights and machines
- Modified Pilates exercises and Swiss ball movements
- Stretching exercises to increase flexibility
- Healthy diet tips
With The BackSmart Fitness Plan you can reap the many benefits of exercise and work your way to a healthier, stronger, and pain-free body.
About the Author
Adam Weiss, D.C., is board certified by the National Chiropractic Board of Examiners and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. His BackSmart Method has helped thousands of patients, including professional athletes. Weiss lives in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
Top customer reviews
I noticed improvement within a couple of days of starting the exercises. I have found doing the Daily Dozen Stretches in the morning like the author suggests and again in the evening, have helped me trendmendously over the past few months, I am not pain free yet but I feel a lot better than before I picked up this book.
Before I purchased this book, I woke up every morning with some pain and stiffness with bouts of my back "going out" on me and I'd spend a week or more doing nothing do to the pain and I lay around popping pain pills waiting to recuperate.
Now I wake up less stiff and sore and I am able to start my day immediately. I remain careful about how I treat my back throughout the day, but I'm very confident that the exercises are helping me get stronger and I feel more limber, my balance has improved, as has my flexibility. I recommend this book highly!
It coveres a lot of non back exercises. It really is a manual of general exercise and health for people with bad backs rather than another set of exercises specifically for people with back problems.
My criticisms of it are that it isn't a lot of help to someone with a lot of current pain. There is only a little info on dealing with an acute back episode and most of the exercises are way too hard for someone struggling in their daily life. I'd have liked to see a very gentle remedial programme. But maybe the book isn't aimed at that. It also misses out some key back exercises in my opinion but then the author may know better and this may be deliberate.
It strikes me as a bit of a personal book. He developed the exercise regimes from his own pain. I wonder how useful that approach is for people who don't have the same causes for their pain.
Overall it's a good book and one worth buying for the back sufferer who already has the usual back exercise books. It gives you a whole-body approach. It offers good weights exercises that won't hurt your weak back which is useful.
I found relief with the BackSmart Fitness Plan suprisingly accessible book in which the language is personal and unintimidating and the medical explanations on injuries and prevent are presented with such elegant simplicity that you will think that you are talking directly with the doctor yourself.
While Dr. Weiss is an expert, he doesn't push one concept over anthor therapy rather he shows balancment and very useful exercises using body weight ony, free weights, machines and modified pilates and ball exercises never seen before to me or my friends who workout regularly. The use of the wall was very progressive and very fun to do in my workouts. the doctor also discusses the usfulness of the movements and the order in which they should be performed helped me a lot in understanding how the body works at it's best. His discussions add clarity without being condescending or filled with technical jargon like many books on this subject.
The photographs(over 100) are so helpful and carefully described that you will not want to part with this book. A great tool to over come my back pain and I have lost 8 pounds since starting this program and i feel my midsection getting firmer . Strongly recommend to any one of all fitness levels having back pain or none at all. Great book
I am just starting to work out after years of being a couch potato. I felt like an idiot in the gym next to all those muscle bound guys, and didn't want to shell out hundreds of dollars to have a trainer sit there and hold my hand. This book presents a great workout that is easily modified for any fitness level, and can take you into advanced training as well.
The diet plan is also easy and makes sense, and should not leave anyone hungry at all. Adding muscle will help you lose weight, look and feel better, and succeed in life. You can't ask for much more for your $...
If you are new to working out, I would highly recommend this book.
The unique combination and sequence of exercise are key. As a person who lives in the gym, I have tried most of the exercises out there and have usually left me aching and exhausted after a workout. However the Backsmart Fitness program recommended helps you stretch out your kinks while toning and shaping your body. Results? No more aching! You get a complete workout without having to suffer the usual aftermath of a hard workout.
The book also offers a commonsense approach to eating and exercising that is excellent advise for anyone.
This book is a very good long-term investment for your health.
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In my view, this book isn't worth the money.
NOT written by a medical Doctor.Read more
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