ProBodX: Proper Body Exercise
Marv Marinovich & Edythe Heus
HarperCollins, 2005 (2003)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his fitness book combines Barry Sears' '
' with new training technology for increased physical performance. ProBodX stands for '
Proper Body Exercise
'. The authors tell us that their program offers innovative conditioning exercises that consider the neuromuscular connection as a whole. The workout requires equipment - gymnastic balls, slant boards, disks, and hand weights, also often used by physiotherapists in rehabilitation.
he first part of the book introduces the four main elements to the
program - Instability (exercising on a surface that keeps you off balance), Multiple Planes (for greater range of motion), Reversing (switching directions to tap energy), and Resistance (what matters here is
, weight is used). In the exercises, these four elements are steadily progressed to increase the overall challenge. Different muscle groups are introduced (more than the usual ones covered in exercise books), with an explanation of how they benefit from the training program. As well as a history of ProBodX development and a rationale for its value, there's a detailed comparison with other training programs.
art 2 introduces required (as above) and optional (jump rope and Concept II Rower) equipment, and explains how to get the best out of the program. Six principles are explained, for effective exercise, and a summary chart shows ProBodX at a glance (Easy, Basic and Basic+ levels). Exercises are explained clearly, with black and white photos showing changes in position - and these are unusual exercises that I've not seen in other fitness books. Also in this section are '
' techniques, to be done (after the Basics are mastered) with a partner at the same fitness level. After this come exercises for sport-specific skills, as well as techniques to build endurance.
art 3 covers '
Proper Body Eating
' with a list of
(the authors recommend clearing your cupboards of everything else), eating guidelines and appetizing recipes, such as
Veggie Cheese Omelet & Fruit
Spinach Salad with Shrimp, Peach Nut Muffins & Sorbet
for lunch or
Salmon with Dill Sauce, Lentils, Chard & Fruit
for dinner. Though the required equipment may be a hurdle for some,
offers an intriguing fitness program that looks like it should be very beneficial to those able to follow it properly.
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