ProBodX: Proper Body Exercise: The Path to True Fitness

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A conditioning and fitness program based on the renowned pro–athlete training regimen that is designed to work with the body's natural movements to build maximum strength, speed, and flexibility.

ProBodX (Proper Body Exercise) was originally designed for injured professional athletes (Jason Sehorn, Steve Finley, Jason Giambi etc.) In this book, the program has been modified for the average person who wants to get in shape or stay in shape without injury. The program also includes an eating plan based on Barry Sears's Zone Diet.

ProBodX is a series of conditioning exercises that build strength, speed, and flexibility. The workout is done in a specific order, designed to engage each muscle or muscle group in preparation for the next exercise. The end result is total balanced fitness. The workout uses jump ropes, balls, slant boards, and hand weights – the very props used in most physical therapy classes.

The goal here is uniform flexibility and strength – the kind of balanced fitness that prevents and repairs injury.

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Marv Marinovich is a nationally known sports enhancement specialist, a former Oakland Raiders offensive lineman, and NFL conditioning coach. He founded his own training center, SportsLab, where he trains elite athletes, children, and young adults. He lives in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.



Dr. Edythe M. Heus is an honors graduate of NY Chiropractic College. Presently she treats and trains professional and Olympic athletes, as well as teaching ProBodX classes. She is the director and founder of Blueprint, an exercise, treatment, and athletic performance research and enhancement center. She lives in southern California.

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For decades, coaches have sent athletes eager to improve their strength and performance straight to the gym to pump some iron. According to authors Marinovich and Heus, such advice couldn't be more wrong. "America's obsession with heavy weight lifting was actually training greatness out of athletes," they explain in this comprehensive guide to their conditioning and Zone-based nutrition plan, ProBodX. Unlike weightlifting, which can slow down athletes by burdening them with excessive muscles, and unlike yoga, which can needlessly over-stretch ligaments, ProBodX is supposed to improve flexibility, strength, endurance and mental stamina without provoking injuries. The key, according to Marinovich and Heus, is to engage the "nervous and musculoskeletical systems as a whole rather than as separate parts." Thus, their ProBodX exercises rely upon wobbly, free-floating equipment-such as gymnastics balls and balance disks-that force the body to use more than a few muscles at a time. Heus and Marinovich have the experience to know what they're talking about: he was once an Oakland Raiders offensive lineman and an NFL conditioning coach; she was a New York chiropractor who specialized in kinesiology. And their current roster of clients includes successful athletes like Chicago Bulls player Tyson Chandler and Olympian high-jumper Amy Acuff, both of whom appear in photographs throughout the book. Their exercises are amply illustrated with step-by-step b&w photographs. Despite the careful instructions, neophytes may still feel like they'd need a trainer to walk them through such exercises as the "Scissors," which involves twisting a knee to the ceiling while balancing a one's stomach on a giant gymnastics ball. But those who have the time and energy to learn a whole new way of exercising should find this volume well worth a try.
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