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Balance Training: Stability Workouts for Core Strength and a Sculpted Body [Paperback]

Karon Karter
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May 24 2007
GO BEYOND THE BALL WITH TODAY'S NEWEST STRENGTH AND BALANCE EXERCISES.

Balance training-or working out on unstable surfaces like the BOSU, ball and core board-forces you to use the deep, inner muscles that other workouts miss. These are the muscles that make you look sleek, toned and sexy.
Whether exercising on the mat at home or working on a balance tool at the gym, Balance Training will help you dramatically sculpt your legs, butt and stomach while improving overall strength and posture. Your core and foundational muscles will never be weak and flabby again.
This book takes balance training to the next level, providing the benefits of yoga and Pilates as well as strength and core training-all in one easy-to-follow program.

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Karen Karter is a fitness expert and author. Her books have sold over 100,000 copies. She has been featured in major newspapers in the country such as The New York Times, The Miami Herald, and The Dallas Morning News. She was Self magazine's core strength expert for their Self Challenge 2004 where her book, The Core Strength Workout, was featured. During her twenty-year career she has influenced the fitness lives of thousands of students. Currently, she teaches the methods of Joseph Pilates.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy Resource Jan. 19 2008
Format:Paperback
Most of my personal training clients workout primarily from home, so I am always looking for exercises to help them get alot out of not alot of equipment. Also, I'm always looking for ideas for my equestrian fitness programs for my riding clients, especially for core and balance. This little book has some excellent ideas for exercises using a variety of de-stabilising tools such as bosu, rollers, wobble boards and balls. The exercises are explained simply with good illustrations, and organized into several workout progressions. I really like the way the workout progressions are organized in list form with the name of the exercise, and a photo so you don't have to flip back and forth through the book to remember what exactly the exercise was.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed May 18 2009
By figaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For beginners outside the fitness industry. I bought this book based on previous reviews so, hope this will set the record straight... To be honest, yes, there is a lot of pictures in this book... But many of them show improper form or misalignment. Note to the author: Scapulae retraction and protraction are inverted throughout the book which shows, poor knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology. I gave it one star because I like the variety of foam roller exercises. The rest is just same old and bad. I wish I could have browsed this book before buying it. It would have saved me time and money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe everything you read! Sept. 14 2011
By merchab - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was browsing through this book today and couldn't believe what I was reading when I came across the "shoulder blade" retraction and protraction error. Wow! I can't believe that wasn't caught before being published! It even shows the pictures incorrectly! I immediately checked the Amazon reviews to see if anyone else caught this. I wish I had read Figaro's review dated May 18, 2009 before making this purchase.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful! Jan. 12 2008
By S. D. Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent tool for both professional and amateur fitness buffs. There are several different workouts for different skill levels, and it's also fun to mix and match, using different balance tools. I particularly like the foam roller exercises.
5.0 out of 5 stars Help for those looking to put balance in their workouts Sept. 28 2012
By Susanna Hutcheson - Published on Amazon.com
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First, it needs to be noted that once must proceed with caution when exercising on an uneven surface like the Bosu ball or any fitness ball or other such surface. They can be dangerous. Moreover, just standing on one leg can be dangerous to some people so you may require modification. And you always want to exercise in a safe place and in a safe way. These methods are outlined in the book.

Having said that, balance is a critical part of our training. This is especially true as we get older. And good balance makes us walk and move effortlessly and with grace.

This book is divided in parts, from beginner to more advanced - from using no props to using a Bosu, a fitness ball and other uneven surfaces. Everyone, says the author, should begin at the beginning. These are exercises done with no props. That doesn't mean they're easy! Believe me, they're not.

The book is fully illustrated and all the exercises are explained. If you can master only a handful of these exercises, you'll have a tight core and the lean muscles of a dancer. Not to mention a lot of strength and endurance.

Highly recommended.

-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
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5.0 out of 5 stars B-A-L-A-N-C-E TRAINING...AND MORE! Jan. 11 2009
By Caroline McMASTER - Published on Amazon.com
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THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC! THERE ARE NUMEROUS PICTURES ON EACH PAGE AND ONE TO TWO PICTURES AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH CHAPTER. THIS BOOK STARTS WITH BASIC BALANCE EXCERCISES YOU CAN DO W/O USING THE BOSU BALL. IT THEN GOES ON TO INSTRUCT (WITH FEW , BUT SPECIFIC WORDS) YOU ON HOW TO USE THE BOSU AND/OR A FOAM ROLLER (A VERY LOW COST PIECE OF EQUIPMENT). THE FOAM ROLLER IS NOT NEEDED IN ORDER TO USE THE BOSU BALL. THE TABLE OF CONTENTS CONSISTS OF:
*PART ONE, AN OVERVIEW (PAGES 1-16),
*PART TWO, THE WORKOUTS (19-32),
- FOOT STRENGTHENER (35-47),
- FOAM ROLLER (48-65),
- BALANCE BALL (66-86),
- BOSU, BALANCE BOARD, BALANCE CUSHION (87-104),
- INDEX (106-109

THROUGHOUT THIS BOOK ARE 'CHARTS' (WITH PICTURES) WHICH HELP YOU WITH ROUTINES:
*PAGES (NO REPETITIONS GIVEN...THAT IS LEFT UP TO YOU, GO AT YOUR OWN
PACE):
- ONE-LEGGED WORKOUT-23,
- ROLLER WORKOUT-25,
- BALL WORKOUT-27,
- MULT-PROP WORKOUT-29,
- QUICK TOTAL BODY WORKOUT-31 TO 33

I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK. THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY. THIS BOOK IS A GREAT ASSET WHEN YOU ARE LEARNING TO USE THE BOSU BALL. THE EXAMPLES ARE MANY AND VERY EASY TO UNDERSTAND. YOU CAN NOT GO WROMG WITH THIS BOOK, AND YOU WILL PROBABLY HAVE DIFFICULTY WITH 'CHANGING UP' YOUR EXERCISES.

GOOD LUCK, AND HAVE FUN WITH YOUR NEW BOSU BALL AND THIS BOOK!
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