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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; 1 edition (May 24 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569756058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569756058
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 0.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Sansom on 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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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Disapointed May 18 2009
By figaro - Published on
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.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Don't believe everything you read! Sept. 14 2011
By merchab - Published on
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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
Very helpful! Jan. 12 2008
By S. D. Schultz - Published on
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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.
This book is a must read for anyone who desires to improve their balance. Feb. 3 2015
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on
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As a life time student and martial art instructor I have been into physical fitness all my life, but six years ago I developed a rare medical condition which also affects my balance. I never realized the importance of balance until I developed this medical problem. I purchased this book (Balance Training: Stability workouts for core strength and a sculpted body by Karon Karter) on Amazon in order to see if there were some exercises that would improve my balance. I am happy to say that this book contained many exercises I could incorporate in my fitness program which will improve my balance.

This 113 page book is organized into three parts. Part one gives an overview of the importance of having good balance. The second part shows 6 different workout routines. The final part, which is the longest, covers the numerous exercises to help develop good body balance. At the present time my balance is so bad I do not use any of the props in this book; however, I do all the standing one-leg exercises using the wall for assistance. Progress has been slow but I do feel my balance is slowly improving.

If you are seeking to improve your balance this fantastic book is for you. For me it was of great value. I only wish I would have started these balance exercises when I first developed this medical problem.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute).
Help for those looking to put balance in their workouts Sept. 28 2012
By Susanna Hutcheson - Published on
Format: Paperback
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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