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Old 03-31-2006, 02:58 PM   #1
Rene Renteria
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A recent thead discussed Mark Vestegen's "Core Performance" book and system. Ahmik Jones had some thoughts on it here:

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/21/20949.html
Ahmik writes, "Core Performance is the strength and conditioning field's answer to the fact that people are doing so poorly with muscle isolation exercises. It is better than nautilus, but that is about all that can be said. They still, like the rest of the fitness world, try to make you believe that you can get fit without pain.

Verstegen's program although better than nothing, is lacking in intensity. Instead of Olympic Lifting they do cable machine exercises while sitting on a stability ball. Instead of gymnastics, they incorporate elements of Yoga and Pilates. However, they do squat which puts them miles ahead of most programs out there...."


Apparently, the German National Soccer Team has hired Verstegen to be their conditioning coach. It has caused something of an uproar in Germany, where soccer is next to food as a basic necessity of life:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0328/p04s01-woeu.html
"...But the game [of soccer] has sped up and [former team captain and now national coach, Jurgen] Klinsmann has changed the German approach to match it. He's looking for an aggressive, attacking style of play, which requires greater endurance.

Enter Mr. Verstegen. His clients have ranged from NFL quarterback Brett Favre and Red Sox ace Curt Schilling to the Indian national field hockey team. His company, Athlete's Performance, has training centers in Tempe, Ariz., and Los Angeles. It was there that the German coach, a full-time Los Angeles resident, got to know him.

"Jürgen has always been very forward-thinking on the fitness and performance side," says Verstegen, in a telephone interview from Arizona. Soon after Klinsmann was appointed national team coach in the summer of 2004, he asked Verstegen to run the players through fitness tests. Shortly after that, Verstegen had the team heaving medicine balls and running sprints with large elastic bands tied around their waists to hold them back to build strength and improve speed. He also devised individual training regimes for some players. And he's also introduced yoga to improve their focus and flexibility.

The conditioning drills are designed to build strength and endurance, but also to teach players to take responsibility for their own fitness - a concept widespread in the US but completely foreign to German soccer players...."

No mention of whether they'll be using the "PowerPlate" vibrating machine thing, mentioned in that other thread about "Core Performance".

World Cup 2006 is close. Looks like Core Performance is going to get a real test.
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Old 03-31-2006, 03:28 PM   #2
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I'm looking forward to the test of his methods.

I did a short internship at Athlete's Performance in Tempe. I wasn't that impressed with the training, the nutrition, or some of the business practices.

They did use hydrotherapy for recovery though!
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Old 04-01-2006, 07:10 PM   #3
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Excellent, good for Mark Verstegen and the German National Team.
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Old 04-05-2006, 04:56 AM   #4
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I've recently been skimming through the Core Performance book (library) and though I haven't gone through the actual workouts but I do like the warmup presented inside as an alternative to the CFwu.
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Old 04-06-2006, 06:10 AM   #5
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I like a lot of the active dynamic warmup stuff from Verstegen. A lot of the rotational movement patterns with cables, med balls, and the VersaPulley machine are excellent. I'm not a huge fan of spending a lot of time on prehab exercises, "core" exercises that attempt to selectively recruit specific abdominal muscles, balance exercises, and silly exercises that are not a great use of time.
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