Super Body, Super Brain - The Workout That Slims Your Body and Boosts Your Brainpower

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Not every movement is created equal. Super Body, Super Brain’s targeted exercise circuits make every second of your workout count, harnessing the power of multitasking to sharpen your mind and tone your body in just minutes a day.

Cover image Super Body, Super Brain: The Workout That Does it All by Michael Gonzalez-Wallace

Super Body, Super Brain: The Workout That Does it All by Michael Gonzalez-Wallace

By following this simple workout regime, not only will your body become lean and fit, but your memory and concentration will significantly improve.

Super Body, Super Brain: The Workout That Does It All by Michael Gonzalez-Wallace (HarperOne; $26.99; February 2011; 9780061945281) is a breakthrough progressive exercise program that offers a full-body workout while stimulating your brain. By following this simple workout regime, not only will your body become lean and fit, but your memory and concentration will significantly improve. And the best part of all? It can be done almost anywhere, takes as little as ten minutes a day, and requires no special equipment other than a few hand weights.

“Even though your brain is not a muscle, you can use your muscles to boost your brainpower. Each SUPER BODY, SUPER BRAIN exercise may seem easy to perform, but the crucial element is that your brain perceives the exercises as challenging,” explains Michael Gonzalez-Wallace, a performance trainer and athlete. While traditional repetitive exercises—such as the classic bicep curl—use only limited brain power, these exercises actively engage several areas in the brain including, the cerebellum (responsible for balance, coordination, muscle timing, and speech); the basal ganglia (motor-coordinated movements); the hippocampus (learning new movements); and the frontal lobes (higher thinking and decision making).

Gonzalez-Wallace developed his program over a period of years, drawing on the work and input of dozens of neuroscientists, neurokinesiologists, physicians, psychiatrists, and brain researchers from all over the world, who all support the notion that the right kind of exercise can indeed improve brainpower.

Part One of Super Body, Super Brain explains the basics behind the brain-muscle connection, touching on some of the scientific research that explains how exercise and learning new movements can literally rewire and stimulate our brains. Part Two introduces the specific exercise circuits that make up the core of the program, including: the Owl, the Hawk, the Eagle, and the Tiger—exercises that focus on the key elements of balance, coordination, execution, motion, precision, speed, and strength. Part Three focuses on nutrition, an important and often overlooked factor in improving brain function. Michael provides up-to-date information about the best brain foods available and lays out a complete diet plan, including easy-to-follow recipes, developed with the help of top nutritionist Olinka Podany.

Additionally, there are quizzes designed to assess your fitness level, balance, coordination, strength, cardiovascular ability, flexibility, and cognitive skills; general questions about the exercises, addressing frequency, repetition, duration, expectations, form and other issues beginners will have, and a special section with unique exercise routines suitable for the whole family.

"Training is not about fitting into a new dress but about building a strong and resilient body and a strong and powerful brain," Michael says. "It is about extending your life and creating a confident, smart, and unstoppable you."

About the Author:
Michael Gonzalez-Wallace has been involved with athletic sports for over 20 years. In 2002 he become a personal trainer for New York Sports Club and received a certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He’s been featured in Redbook, Prevention, O and Fitness magazines, and on msnbc.com and CNN. He lives in New York City.

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