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By Dorene Internicola - (Reuters Life!) - Crunches, curls and sit-ups may be standard workout fare in gyms, basements and living rooms across the land. But the authors of a new book suggest people get plenty of that movement in their daily lives. They say to get a really strong midsection the back of the body needs to be worked. "Sitting at desks, working on computers, waiting in traffic, we are continually contracting our abs, throwing our shoulders forward and, ultimately, shutting down the back of the body, said Dr. Eric Goodman, co-author with Peter Park of "Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain, and Move with Confidence." "If we're going to keep our posture and our spines strong, it has to be done

By Selene Yeager - Strengthen and Stretch for More Effective Riding All those hours hunched in the saddle come at a cost. "The small muscles in the front of your body (hip flexors, quads) work harder relative to your largest muscle group (low back, glutes, hamstrings)," says Santa Barbara, California-based chiropractor Eric Goodman. The result? A lopsided tug-of-war that can cause a world of hurt--and ineffective riding. This sequence strengthens posterior muscles and stretches the ones in front. Do it three or four times a week. START HERE FOUNDATION SQUAT A. Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder width. B. Extend your arms until they're shoulder-height and lower yourself into a squat. Press through your heels to come back to start. Do 10. GOOD MORNING A. Stand with legs shoulder-width apart,

By: Andrew Daniels For the first time in his life, Lance Armstrong was fat. It was the summer of 2008, and the former cycling superstar was already three years deep into his retirement from professional sports—if you can call crisscrossing the globe to spread cancer awareness and only occasionally finding time to relax “retirement.” Exercise—once a daily staple—was now a luxury. Something to fit in when time allowed. And it showed. He was, in the words of strength and conditioning coach Peter Park, kind of pudgy. That might be hard to believe about a man who amassed seven consecutive Tour de France victories from 1999 to 2005, but that’s exactly what Park faced when Armstrong showed up at his Santa Barbara-based gym, Platinum

Back pain is a barrier to millions of people, interfering with their health, happiness, and enjoyment of life. The creators of Foundation Training talk about why and how they developed the program, and how to begin your journey in eliminating back pain. Dr. Eric Goodman (top photo) brings innovation to the Health and Fitness community. In creating Foundation exercises he found a way to successfully manage and prevent common injuries while creating accountability in clients of all types. After establishing a career training professional and Olympic athletes using Foundation principles, Dr. Goodman is now introducing his ideas to the public. The official strength and conditioning coach for Lance Armstrong, Peter Park (bottom photo) is a former world-class triathlete and ultra runner, and