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Our bodies are meant to move!

S-T-R-E-T-C-H and feel better!

Take your space and improve your posture

Resistance Training

Want fat loss? Aerobic exercise alone is not the answer.

The fabulous stability ball

Heart-rate training

Use your Power, and the Elixir of Youth

How often, how long, how hard?

Exercise - Staying Motivated

The autonomic nervous system and fat loss

Walking, sacroiliac dysfunction and hip pain

How to Eat, Move, and Be Healthy  By Paul Chek
This is a comprehensive yet easy to read book on holistic health which you can use to personalize your own health plan. Learn the impact of your food choices on your wellbeing, how best to exercise depending on the state of your current health, how stress effects your health, how the time you get to bed impacts your hormones and your health, as well as how to tell if your digestive system is healthy. Top Pick!

general fitness

The Golf Biomechanic's Manual - Whole in One Golf Conditioning by Paul Chek
Even if golf is not your thing, this book is worth its weight in gold. Learn why good posture is vital to sport performance. Learn how to assess your own range of motion about your joints, how to put together a targeted stretch routine, and how to design an exercise program, starting with stability and progressing to strength and power, using functional exercises that translate into improved sports performance. And if you do want to improve your golf game, this book will help you improve the most important part of your game - you! Top Pick!

Paul Chek's Swiss Ball Exercises for Better Abs, Buns and Backs Paul Chek's most popular video! If you are new to Swiss Ball Training, this is the tape to get started with. Also, a great healthy back program! This video starts with one-on-one instruction of proper technique and variations for each exercise. Then follow Paul through an active warm up and a half an hour workout. You can reap the benefits of Swiss Ball training with 2-3 workouts a week, at home, outside, or in the gym. :Top Pick!

Paul Chek's Swiss Ball Exercises for Athletes This two-video set is a progression from Swiss Ball Exercises for Better Abs, Buns and Backs. The exercises are more challenging and have a high carry over to sports or physically challenging work situations, such as those encountered by nurses, firefighters and construction workers. Top Pick!

Duraball Pro Increase balance, strength and refine performance. You can even use them at your desk as a chair! The DuraBall Pro balls are university tested to the following limits: 45cm through 65cm ball 2500lbs static load, burst resistant up to 1000lbs. 75cm ball 2000lbs static load, burst resistant up to 800lbs. Top Pick!

The Great Body Ball Handbook by Michael Jesperson
A skinny little book packed full exercises and stretches for just about every muscle group. The exercises listed are effective and innovative, and grounded in proper body mechanics. More importantly, the book gives options to increase or decrease the level of difficulty. Perfect for exercising at home.

The Great Stretch Tubing Handbook by Michael Jesperson
An ideal guide for exercising at home, this skinny booklet has clear instructions and diagrams on how to exercise each muscle group. Perfect for an inexpensive workout at home, particularly if combined with exercises from the Body Ball book above.


Serious Strength Training by Tudor Bompa and Lorenzo Cornacchia
A very good book on the science of the periodization of strength, but is more applicable for bodybuilders than for althetes training for their sport. The book relies a great deal on machine isolation training. That said, Tudor Bompa is the guru of periodization, and for that, and in order to learn how to manipulate sets and reps appropriately for each micro and macrocycle, the book is worth while.

Strength Ball Training by Lorne Goldenberg and Peter Twist
Develop sport-specific strength, power, and flexibility with strength ball training. Used by elite athletes in all major sports, Swiss ball and medicine ball exercises develop balance and stability while stimulating muscle growth for fitness and performance. Lorne Goldenberg has worked with professional athletes as a strength and conditioning coach with four NHL teams, Team Canada's hockey team, and football players in the Canadian Football League. Peter Twist has coached in the NHL for 9 years and is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Vancouver Canucks as well as President of the Hockey Conditioning Coaches Association.

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Serious Training For Endurance Athletes by Rob Sleamaker
SERIOUS is an acronym for Speed, Endurance, Race Pace, Intensity, Overdistance, Up Vertical, and Strength. The system teaches you how to design and implement a training program, and by maintaining a training log, assist you in improving for your endurance sport. By working on This book is geared mostly to running, cycling and triathletes, but can be adapted to all endurance sports.

Lactate Threshold Training :by Peter Janssen
Explains the theory behind lactate threshold training for success in endurance athletes, and offers heart-rate based training programs, tests for self-assessment of lactate threshold, guidelines for avoiding overtraining, advice on nutrition, and workout examples of elite endurance athletes. For elite and recreational athletes, trainers, sports physicians, and coaches. Janssen is recognized as a pioneer in lactate threshold training. He runs a sports medicine advisory center. Copyright 2004 Book News, Inc. Portland, OR

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Stretching by Bob Anderson
This is the book that people tell their friends about, that trainers recommend for virtually every sport and activity, and that medical professionals recommend to people just starting to get back into shape. The features more than 20 new stretching routines, including those for sports enthusiasts, travelers, children, gardeners, and people in wheelchairs. Also included are tips for ergonomics and proper posture at the workstation. Top Pick!

The Stark Reality Of Stretching by Dr. Stephen Stark
this book addresses the need for warm-up exercises, analyzes the stretching process, and illustrates anatomy and basic biomechanics. Myths associated with stretching are dispelled. For example, many people believe that stretches and warm-up exercises are the same, when in fact, warm-up exercises should be a preparation for stretches. Applying the strategies outlined in this book will help keep an athlete healthy, build strength and power, and most important, prevent injury.

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Yoga; Mind, Body, Spirit by Donna Farhi
Most of this book is devoted to the asanas (yoga postures) and the practices of breathing and meditation. More than 240 photographs and line drawings show how to do the various poses and exercises. Postures are accompanied by benefits and effects, cautions, tips, and prenatal suggestions. Fahri also explains what yoga is, summarizes the living principles, discusses the seven moving principles of yoga, and explores the body's organ systems. If you are ready to take your yoga practice to the next level, this book is an excellent guide to help you connect with everything yoga has to offer.

Bringing Yoga To Life by Donna Farhi
Counter to the plethora of seven-step solutions and quick-fix formulas offered by so many contemporary self-help guides, the ancient science of Yoga does not pretend to be simple, quick, or easy. It is a practice that takes into account the very messy and often complex phenomenon of what we call a human being and the equally challenging task of everyday living. What Yoga does promise, however, is that through sincere, skillful, and consistent practice, anyone can become peaceful, happy, and free.

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exercise websites

www.chekinstitute.com  A world leader in exercise, nutrition and lifestyle education.
www.desk-trainer.com Desk exercises based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais. Valuable exercises if you have pain, fantastic animation - great site.
www.tapingolf.com Improve your golf by improving the mental aspect of the game
www.ptonthenet.com  Devoted to helping personal trainers.
www.productivefitness.com  Sells specialty fitness books and charts.
www.fitnesoft.com  Fitness and nutrition software.

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Copyright 2006 Vreni Gurd