The world of fitness books, "experts," and fad programs would have you think that peak performance is mostly about building muscle and aerobic conditioning, with maybe a sprinkle of balance work for good measure. This book, Balance Is Power, is here to rewrite that formula and change your life.
Real success in fitness, sports, work, and life all begin with optimizing the human balance system. Strength and endurance are important, but secondary to the small control muscles of the balance system. Not a single activity, save for lying down, can be accomplished without using our balance -- the sixth sense that works almost unnoticed and unappreciated in the background of our daily lives. The better your balance, the faster you can run, pivot, aim, throw and hit, with far lower risk of injury. And that goes for people of all ages and at all points on the spectrum of performance.
But there's another reason to refocus fitness emphasis on balance. Over the past decade, deaths following falls have nearly doubled and are the leading cause of concussions nationwide. That can and should change. The path to unleashing your best balance lies within these pages. And once you're on that path, the skill stays with you for life with only minimal tune-ups and modest effort.
For the past five years, Jim Klopman has devoted himself to studying and analyzing the phenomenon of human balance, while developing a game changing training method for all ages. Now he has put what he has learned from successfully training professional golfers, skiers, weekend warriors, aging athletes and concussion victims into a book that explains the miracle of human balance and lays out a simple training system that can be followed at home either with or without his patented balance training equipment.
Are you ready to balance your body, balance your mind and unleash your best?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When you think about improving your skills for a particular sport or recreational pursuit, you probably think about working on strength, endurance or mechanics. Balance is just something that's inherent in the background. After reading this book, you'll realize that understanding and improving your balance skills can quickly lead to a substantial performance improvement for ANY physical endeavor.
The brilliance of this book is two-fold: It explains the pervasiveness and significance of balance in ways you've probably never even thought about. It then provides a clear and well-illustrated training program to improve your own balance skills. There are numerous real-world examples showing that the resulting performance improvement can be surprisingly dramatic.
As an added bonus, improved balance skills can extend well beyond physical prowess. There is, for example, an illuminating chapter on "Concussion Repair and Prevention."
This book is well written - clear and concise. Not overloaded with technical jargon that can be overwhelming. As a woman in my 50s, I had experienced episodes of balance and vertigo issues. Standing, from a sitting position, and turning simultaneously would often cause me to lose balance and stumble. Playing with the dog in the backyard...running and turning simultaneously would cause me to have to sit down and regroup. I assumed that this was part of aging and that I simply had to live with it. I WAS WRONG. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to learn many of the basic techniques outlined in the book from Jim and Janet; and I continue to work with Janet to keep balance techniques a part of my weekly workout routine. This has been life changing for me. Not only do I not have any of the balance issues described above; but my confidence and skills mountain biking and skate skiing have improved a great deal. I think the techniques described in this book would benefit anybody,...
As a neuropsychologist this book strikes as resonant frequency and rings of universal truth. Using the body's balance system to heal the injured brain provides a new avenue in concussion treatment. Balnace builds brain power and is truly a concussion preventative and an age defying practice that can benefit us all.
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