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Tom Danielson's Core Advantage: Core Strength for Cycling's Winning Edge by [Danielson, Tom, Westfahl Allison]
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""Tom Danielson's Core Advantage" provides both a solid basis of theory and practical exercises for improving our cycling. Designed specifically for cyclists...from the ground up to prevent cycling injuries and with the specific posture and motion of cycling in mind...Holistic and progressive workouts...Absolutely no equipment of any kind is needed." -- Pezcyclingnews

"A strong midsection makes for a more efficient stroke. Try the 50 exercises in "Tom Danielson's Core Advantage"." -- "Bicycling magazine"

""Tom Danielson's Core Advantage" argues for a different kind of core training than the traditional parade of crunches...The style of training works for everybody who exercises and especially for those who are getting older and are familiar with nagging back issues." -- "Denver Post"

"In their book, Danielson and Westfahl discuss the importance of core training and offer plans for cyclists of all levels." -- "The Olympian"

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FIND YOUR CORE ADVANTAGE
Pro cyclist Tom Danielson used to have a bad back. He shifted in the saddle, was never comfortable, and often rode in pain. Core strength workouts fixed Tommy D's back pain, and core strength has become his cycling advantage.
The strength routines in this book will help you build power and performance on the bike. You will improve your balance, coordination, and muscular endurance without adding unwanted muscle bulk.
You don't need a gym. You don't need special equipment. With Tommy D's simple core exercise routines, you will eliminate muscle imbalances and lingering pain from injuries. You'll maintain power out of the saddle, climb stronger, and reduce fatigue at the end of a long ride.
"Tom Danielson's Core Advantage" includes:
- 45 core strength exercises
- 5 dynamic warm-up exercises
- Workout plans in 3 levels, beginner to pro
- Exercises to build strength, endurance, and balance
- Cures for back, shoulder, and neck pain
- Workouts to improve climbing and out-of-the-saddle power
Tom Danielson's core exercises are essential for stronger riding. They are easy to master, and they don't take much time. Best of all, they will improve your performance on the bike and extend your cycling career.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 32375 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (17 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D616QPI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have sufered lower back pain in the last 5yrs that troubled me on the bike and eventually led me to seek the help of a chiropractor. They had just sorted the problem out when I bought Danielson's book. It is brilliant and I wish I'd had it for longer! His co-writer Alison Westfahl gives a simple to follow synopsis of the human body focussing on the spine and core muscles that support it. Common complaints regrading back pain are highlighted and then a variety of exercise programs offered. These range from simple stretching to full on core workouts.

I found this to be a perfect and sensibly thought through book. It gives you a good background as to what is going on in your body, particularly your spine and core, without going too technical, and then offers a range of core workouts that range in aim from simply keeping your posture correct to really targeting improvement in core muscles.

The best bit is that these workouts are short, sharp and to the point. They don't leave you shattered, but do enough to improve your core at a sensible pace that is sustainable in any normal working week. Even I have managed to fit in 3x15min sessions and have noted a big difference in my core strength, stability and crucially less back pain. The book works and you'd do well to read it.
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Got into core training last year after reading Mark Cavendish's autobiography. Was having lower back problems and thought core exercise might help. Well, they did so searched the Internet for more exercises to do. Was training for London Edinburgh London (1400km cycle ride over 4 1/2 days) and was impressed by how much core exercises seemed to help not only with injury protection but also strength on the bike. Came across this book (was recommended on a cycling forum) so purchased Kindle version. It's brilliant. Really In depth and has a good range of workouts for different aspects of cycling training (such as specific workouts to help with climbing or sprinting etc.). Each workout has a rationale and each exercise is simply expalined in words and then again in pictures. Workouts are then placed into plans for 3 ability ranges.

A must buy for the serious endurance athlete, not just cyclists.
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I bought this book as I knew I was lacking core strength. This was from a bad back and a physio told me I lacked core strength. Yes I can do endless amounts of sit ups but core stability stuff is where I was lacking. Hence bad back. As I cycle and time trial I thought I'd go for this book. The explanations of why you need core strength and what it means are very good. It makes you realise why you may be having problems. The exercises are very clear and the programs very nice and fit around the amount of time you may or may not have. The only thing I would say is that some of the exercises could cause back problems if you already have a problem outstanding. I would recommend that anyone who uses this book to book a 2 or 3 private pilates lessons to get a greater understanding of immobilizing certain parts of your body to get most out of the book. With pilates know how and this book I would say you have a great combination. This is no easy option though...The exercises are no walk in the park
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If I was being fair I should have awarded this 5/5 - however, since I was aware of most of the exercises and how effective they are then it has dropped a star. The info is very clearly presented, the exercises do work from prior experience and it is an excellent compendium of these exercises.
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Other reviewers reckoned this book is fine in Kindle format. I also had a good look at the preview on the Kindle site, but that didnt contain the exercise plans or diagrams so I didnt see how unreadable they are on screen. I therefore bought the Kindle version. It now realise it is exactly the sort of reference book that you need a hard copy of. The tables and diagrams are almost unreadable on a Kindle. Also learning the exercises requires a lot of referencing back and forth between the workout plan, the diagrams, and the descriptions of the exercises for each workout. This is a real pain on a Kindle so I have ordered a hard copy - wish I had done that in the first place.

On a more positive note, the exercises and plans look very good, and there is an extensive explanation of the anatomy and physiology involved, including the need to target the specific issues that often affect cyclists. I would recommend it, but only in hard copy.
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I have a huge amount of respect for professional cyclists, the training, nutrition, the miles they do to compete in cycling races but this book aint all that. It talks a lot about the anatomy of the abs , which unless your a physiology student you'd find it interesting, but for a cyclist hoping to get better I just wanted to know what exercises I needed to do and why. Most of this book is about, as I';ve said the anatomy, and its towards the end of the book you see the kind of stretches and exercises you need to do. about 60% of this book is redundant. But still, an okayish book. There are a lot of books out there that you can buy to increase your strength/fitness on the bike and this is just one of many that can help....
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