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The Core Performance: The Revolutionary Workout Program to Transform Your Body & Your Life [Paperback]

Mark Verstegen , Pete Williams
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April 14 2005
Core Performance, the breakthrough fitness program that has already shipped more than 50,000 copies in hardcover, is the first program that delivers strength and muscle mass, endurance and a lean body, balance and flexibility, athletic quickness and power--all in less than an hour a day. How? By giving you a personal coach who has worked with some of the most famous and successful athletes in the world today.

The intense focus on the muscles of your core--abs, lower back, hips, and thighs--will help you stand taller and prevent the back pain from which most people eventually suffer. The detailed nutrition section guarantees that you'll feed your muscles, starve your fat, and get boundless energy when you need it most. This program is like nothing you've ever seen before--it enables you to totally transform your body in just 12 weeks. The potential is within you, and the power to unleash that potential is within Core Performance.

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By Mark Verstegen and Pete Williams; Foreword by Nomar Garciaparra
"This program has transformed me from a skinny college baseball player with little power into one of the best-conditioned players in Major League Baseball." --Nomar Garciaparra, shortstop, Chicago Cubs

"This is the best decision I have ever made with regard to improving and educating myself as an athlete. I just wish I had made it sooner."--Mia Hamm, Olympic and world-champion soccer player

About the Author

MARK VERSTEGEN is owner of Athletes' Performance in Tempe, Arizona, a training facility that hosts world-class athletes in virtually every major sport.

PETE WILLIAMS is a contributing writer to USA Today Sports Weekly and Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal and has written about fitness and performance for many publications.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overall Workout June 28 2004
Core Performance contains great workouts for overall conditioning. Being in my mid-forties I've tried a little of everything to keep fit and active. I lifted weights for a number of years but had to slow down as I got older due to tendonitis in my knees and a torn calf muscle, mainly due to not being flexible enough. I then tried power yoga which got rid of the tendonitis and tightness but I didn't feel quite as strong. I then tried this program which combines the resistance training and flexibility that I was looking for with a little cardio thrown in to boot. Following this program my body just seems more active and alive plus I've toned up quite a bit too. Part of it is the commitment to working out 5+ days a week but it is also due to the combination of workouts presented in the book.
The Core Performance workouts consist of 4 separate phases which start off relatively easy but get progressively harder. The early phases aren't that difficult although they seem awkward because you are forced to work muscles you don't normally work. These phases also lay the groundwork to prepare you for the later phases which are more difficult. The later phases will get your attention but if you stick with it you will not be disappointed. If you commit yourself to following the workouts presented in Core Performance, the benefits you gain in overall conditioning will more than make up for the price of this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Having read other reviews and having followed the 12 week program for 9 weeks so far (and counting), I can make the following comments:
The positives...
1. The program itself is very effective - it really works the whole body and not just the "obvious" muscles favored by traditional strength training. There are some great exercises in here. If you are serious about conditioning your body, buy this book - no question
2. Some people will not be able to follow the entire program, but I do believe that, even if you don't have the time or willpower to work out six days a week, the routines can still be useful to you in a three or four day a week version.
3. OK, it does take time to work it all out...this is not a simple program and not for a novice to working out. If you are novice, this book will freak you out and probably doom you to failure. Newbies should start with something more simple, if you successfully follow a simpler program for 6-12 months, come back to this book at that time. For the more experienced among you: take the time to work out what the program demands of you, you will be rewarded for your efforts!!
So, having endorsed the overall effectiveness of the book, here's where I think Mark could improve before releasing another book.
1. The science is a little flimsy: Other reviewers have raised legitimate concerns...people like me who are prepared to spend 6 days a week working out want to understand the theory behind it all a bit better. I really hoped for a better understanding of how these exercises impact my musculo-skeletal system. Mark should co-write another version (or another book) with an experienced Chiropractor in order to solve that part of it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Feb. 23 2013
By Link77
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This book is okay, it has some great philosophies, tips, diet advice, and workouts. I would give it five stars if I were just reviewing the written part.

I have to knock it down to three though on account of the terrible workout program. It's so hard to follow and you really have to know what you are doing to get the most out of it as it is not explained well at all. You can go to the website and view video examples of the exercises, which will help a lot. I think that many people would be just lost if they tried to use the examples in the book alone.

It is a good place to get started though and gives you plenty of information for the price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Aug. 26 2005
By A Customer
If you want to go back to pushups and Burpys this is for you. This book takes the reader onto functional exercises without slowing down. Now a very popular subject core training you the reader will learn some fancy moves to tone and condition your body. Some of the moves are more useful than others, while overall a great way to add a few new exercises to your routine. Also Highly recommend The BackSmart Fitness Plan By Dr. Weiss, an excellent full body workout , with over 100 pictures to show you how, great core workout included. Both books helped alot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Praise April 15 2004
By A Customer
I'm another long time exerciser that has become a believer in Mark Verstegen's program. I've had back problems for the last 8 years and after 2 weeks of the exercises in the book I've seen much improvement. I'm also starting to see improvement in quickness when playing ball with my kids. Mark's book provides a 12 week program to increase your functional fitness, not how much you bench press (though that will go up) but giving you fitness for athletic and real world activities.
A suggestion would be for this book to be spiral bound as many people will want to use it as a reference during their training. As an alternative you may want to purchase the CD Mark has on his website. It has printable copies of the exercises and programs as well as video clips of the exercises in an easy to use format.
Also consider purchasing the book Functional Training for Sports by Mike Boyle. Mr Boyle works with Mark at his training center. Mark's book is written more for the hard core athlete, but after reading Core Performance, Functional Training... is very easy to understand and provides many supplemental exercises to add to the Core Performance Program
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lack of Product
I ordered this book before Christmas along with two other products. The other two products arrived on Christmas Eve and I have yet to receive this book. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2011 by Miss Theresa Holmes
1.0 out of 5 stars For Athletes Only!
This book is for athletes only, not for overweight middle-aged guys like me who just joined a gym because our doctors are yelling at us and we want to find out more about this... Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by James F. Marshall, Esq.
2.0 out of 5 stars Great program ..... but for whom?
2 stars because Mark says his program is for the masses, and it simply is not. Like vegetarianism, we might all be better off for it, but not everyone is fit or prepared to adhere... Read more
Published on June 18 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of digging to get to this core
I have no doubt this program would really work if I had the time to spend on the recommended exercises. Read more
Published on May 16 2004 by Joel Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much about Pete, too little about substance
I liked the front flap's inspirational spirit. The rest of the book is "too much to do about nothing". Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Mohamed F. El-Hewie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book but...
I love this book. Have worked out extensively for years but this makes so much more sense than what I had been doing. The Movement Prep section alone is worth the price. Read more
Published on April 18 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
Although this book says it is for everyone, if you have had a good training routine for more than 8-12 months this may not be for you. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Jfiasco
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick with this book, the results are worth it
I have to say, I have become a true believer in this program. Is it rigid? Absolutely. Do you see results if you stick to this program? Absolutely. Read more
Published on April 15 2004
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