Delavier's Core Training Anatomy

Delavier's Core Training Anatomy

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Delavier's Core Training Anatomy is your guide for increasing core strength, stability, flexibility, and tone.

Whether you're just beginning your routine or looking to enhance an existing conditioning program, Delavier's CoreTraining Anatomy presents the most effective exercises and workouts for the results you want. It's all here, and all in the stunning detail that only Frederic Delavier can provide.

With 460 full-color photos and illustrations, you'll go inside over 100 exercises and 60 programs to see how muscles interact with surrounding joints and skeletal structures. You'll learn how variations, progressions, and sequencing can affect muscle recruitment, the underlying structures, and ultimately the results.

Delavier's Core Training Anatomy includes proven programming for sculpting your abs, reducing fat, improving cardiovascular health, and relieving low back discomfort. Targeted routines are presented for optimal training and performance in more than 20 sports, including running, cycling, basketball, soccer, and golf.

The former editor in chief of PowerMag in France, author and illustrator Frederic Delavier is a journalist for Le Monde duMuscle and a contributor to Men's Health Germany and several other strength publications. His previous publications, Strength Training Anatomy and Women's Strength Training Anatomy, have sold more than 2 million copies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 12.7mm | 590g
  • Human Kinetics
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • English
  • 98 illustrations, 362 photographs
  • 1450413994
  • 9781450413992
  • 68,405

Table of contents


20 Steps to Creating the Perfect Core Workout Program

1. Set your goals

2. How many workouts should you do each week?

3. On which days of the week should you exercise?

4. Should you exercise once or twice per day?

5. What time of day should you exercise?

6. How many sets should you do?

7. Be flexible and adaptable

8. How many exercises should you do for each muscle?

9. When should you change exercises?

10. How many repetitions should you do per set?

11. How quickly should you perform repetitions?

12. Adjust range of motion in the exercises

13. How long should a workout last?

14. How much rest time should you take between sets?

15. Determine the most appropriate weight for each exercise

16. When should you increase the weight?

17. Determine rest time between exercises

18. Learn to choose exercises that work for you

19. Know when to change your workout program

20. Taking a vacation?

Keep a Workout Notebook

Making Progress


Increase the Visibility of Your Abs

Exercising Your Abs for a Smaller Waist

Intensity First!

Diet as a Way to Slim Your Waist

Diet Plus Workout Synergy

Improving the Effectiveness of Your Diet

Role of Supplements

BCAAs for Losing Belly Fat

Calcium: The Anti-Belly Fat Mineral


Basic Exercises to Sculpt Your Abs

Anatomical Considerations

Beware of Fake Abdominal Exercises!

If You Have an Inguinal, Femoral, or Abdominal Hernia

Rectus Abdominis Exercises


Lying Leg Raise

Seated Leg Raise

Oblique Exercises

Apollo's Belt

Twisting Crunch

Side Crunch

Stability Exercises

Static Stability Exercise, Back Against a Wall


Breathing Exercises to Improve Athletic Performance

Lying Rib Cage Expansion With a Weight

Diaphragm Contraction

Stretching the Abdominal Muscles

On a Stability Ball

Stretching the Hip Flexors

Tilting of the Pelvis

Abdominal-Lumbar Balance


Stretches for the Low Back

Preventing Low Back Pain

Relaxation Stretch on a Stability Ball

Hanging From a Pull-Up Bar


Advanced Exercises and Techniques

Three Difficulties of Ab Work

How to Isolate Upper Abdominal Work From Lower Abdominal Work

Why Are the Lower Abs So Hard to Develop?

1. It is difficult to recruit that part of the muscle

2. Lower abs lack strength

3. It is difficult to isolate the lower part

4. Lower abs are not robust

5. Some exercises are inappropriate

Three Zones of Attack for Total Development

Relative Importance of Each Zone

Getting a Head Start on Recovery

Exercises for the Upper Abdominal Muscles

Double Crunch


Exercises for the Lower Abdominal Muscles

Pelvic Tilts on the Pull-Up Bar

Leg Lift

Hanging Leg Raise

Exercises for the Obliques

Hanging Leg Raise to the Side

Lying Twist


Ab and Core Exercises Using Machines and Accessories

Purpose of Home Equipment

Professional Machines

Exercises for the Upper Abdominal Muscles

Crunch Machines

Swiss Ball Crunch

Rocking Machine Crunch

Standing Cable Crunch

Exercises for the Lower Abdominal Muscles

Ab Coaster

Exercises for the Obliques

Cable Twist (or Using a Machine)

Side Bend


Workout Programs for Abdominal and Core Muscles

Six-Pack Programs

Beginning Programs

Advanced Programs

Very Advanced Programs

At-Home Programs Using Accessories

Programs Using Equipment in a Gym

Programs to Reduce Belly Fat

Programs to Reduce Love Handles

Programs to Highlight Apollo's Belt

Programs for Well-Being

Programs for Cardiovascular Health

Programs to Relax Your Back Before Sleep

Programs to Help Protect Your Lumbar Spine

Programs to Help With Bloating and Other Digestive Problems

Sport-Specific Core Programs

Phase 1: Basic Muscle Conditioning Programs for Beginners

Phase 2: Working Toward Circuit Training

Phase 3: Workouts to Improve Overall Physical Qualities

Phase 4: Working Toward More Specific Training
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About Frederic Delavier

Frederic Delavier is a gifted artist with an exceptional knowledge of human anatomy. He studied morphology and anatomy for five years at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied dissection for three years at the Paris Faculte de Medecine.

The former editor in chief of the French magazine PowerMag, Delavier is currently a journalist for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to several other muscle publications, including Men's Health Germany. He is the author of the best-selling Strength Training Anatomy, Women's Strength Training Anatomy, The Strength Training Anatomy Workout, and Delavier's Stretching Anatomy.

Delavier won the French powerlifting title in 1988 and makes annual presentations on the sport applications of biomechanics at conferences in Switzerland. His teaching efforts have earned him the Grand Prix de Techniques et de Pedagogie Sportive. Delavier lives in Paris, France.

Michael Gundill has written 13 books on strength training, sport nutrition, and health including co-authoring The Strength Training Anatomy Workout. His books have been translated into multiple languages, and he has written over 500 articles for bodybuilding and fitness magazines worldwide, including Iron Man and Dirty Dieting. In 1998 he won the Article of the Year Award at the Fourth Academy of Bodybuilding Fitness & Sports Awards in California.

Gundill started weightlifting in 1983 in order to improve his rowing performance. Most of his training years were spent completing specific lifting programs in his home. As he gained muscle and refined his program, he began to learn more about physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics and started studying those subjects in medical journals. Since 1995 he has been writing about his discoveries in various bodybuilding and fitness magazines all over the world.
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I am not a professional but when I saw the title and read the blurb about the book I naturally thought "core" training and not "abdominal" training which it is about. From what I have learned till this point in my training is that core training consists of, in a nutshell, summoning using techniques the underlying groups of muscles not normally worked with a regular crunch or leg raise. As an abdominal workout book I might have been impressed but instead I am a bit deflated. Nice book though more
by Samuel Alfred Jones
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