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Copyright

2004-2006 by Z-Health@ Performance Solutions and W. Eric Cobb, D.C.

Published and distributed in the United States by:


Z-Health Performance Solutions 25110 Bth Place South Des Moines, WA 98198

www.zhealth.net
All rights reserved. No part of ths book may be reproduced by any means or in any form whatsoever, nor may it be stored in a retrieval system, transmitted or otherwise copied for public or private use - other than as referenced material in articles and/or reviews - without the wrtten permission of the author.

Printed in Seattle, WA 3rd Edition April 2006

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The author and publisher of this material are not responsible in any manner whatsoever for any harm or injury that may occur through following the instructions in this material. The actvities, physical and otherwise, described herein are for informational purposes only, and may be too strenuous or dangerous for some people. The reader should consult his or her physician before engaging in them.

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For those of you who have the Z-Health@ R-Phase Manual, you will find that these acknowledgements look remarkably familiar. They should. While time flies by, those who impact and change our lives for the better stay remarkably consistent.

I would again like to thank my family and friends for their ongoing encouragement and
understanding of my passion for teaching. I once wrote, "Living with a dream-chaser can be a test of will and endurance." This is still true. Thank you for having plenty of both.
Professionally, I would like to thank the following individuals for their inspiration and contribution

to the development and evolution of Z-Health@. Through their brilliant insights, shared both in person and via the written word, they have played pivotal roles in my personal and
professional development. They are: Mr. Tony Blauer, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, Mr. Eric Franklin, Dr. Warren Hammer, Dr. Thomas Hanna, Dr. Keith lnnes, Dr. Vladimir Janda, Dr. Ronald LeFebvre, Dr. Craig Liebenson, Dr. Karel Lewit, Dr. George Roth, Dr. Mel Siff, Mr. Scott Sonnon, Mr. Charles Staley, and Mr. PavelTsatsouline. Finally, I would like to thank the thousands of athletes, health-care and fitness professionals, workshop participants, and patients who have helped the system grow and evolve. This manual is a direct result of your invaluable feedback.

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"Nature abhors a vacuLtffi, but fears immobility even more. Motion is a sign of life itself." - Jean Pierre Barral

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Welcome To Z-Health@
lf Z-Health@ is a new word in your vocabulary let me briefly explain the system: what it is and where it comes from.

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an evolutionary system built from years of study and exploration in diverse scientific and medical fields. lt combines this research with ideas adapted from highly-skilled authorities, as well as unique innovations and insights. The system is a powerful blend of:
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Kinesiology Applied Anatomy and Physiology Biomechanical Diagnostic Training Movement Neurology

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taught publicly since June 2003. The foundations of the system, however, years ago. For the last eight years, the system has been under continuous were laid many research, and many of the foundational concepts are as old as the study of human physiology. As a result, Z-Health@ is not a new fitness fad or a repackaged version of some other movement system. lnstead, it is a holistic and scientific approach to rehabilitation of injury and the development of movement excellence.
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With that introduction, let's jump into the Z-Health@ Neural Warm-uprM.

The Z-Health@ Level l Neural

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Let me begin by stating that this is neither a treatse on the Z-Health training philosophy, nor does it cover the scientific concepts that are the foundations of Z-Health. You can learn all about those, and what makes Z-Health so effective for rehabilitation, health enhancement and sports performance, in our Z-Health R-Phase Manual and DVD.
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training manual

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designed with only two priorities in mind:

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you with a stripped-down, back-to-basics, Z-Health workout that you can use every day of the week, and, Motivate you to do it!

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Those of you who have the Z-Health R-Phase Reference Manual may have enjoyed the quote in the very beginning. lt's one of my all-time favorites by a guy most of you have heard of - Albert Einstein. He states:

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."


This is never more true than in the health and fitness arena! Z-Health was built and designed with this concept in mind. As a result, basic Z-Health lS simple - but not easy. Our foundational training program, called the R-Phase series, was developed in an effort to create the fastest, most effective system possible for regaining joint health, coordination, agility and world-class movement skill. However, to complete the entire series, requires a daily investment of time (25-35 mins/day)

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and practice that not everyone is able to make. Because we are deeply commtted to helping people live better lives - this isn't acceptablel We want everyone moving and using Z-Health daily.
Through working with thousands of people, we've come to understand the challenges of time, attention, boredom and all the other interruptions that get in the way of daily training: ,what we like to call "real life". ln our effor[s to combat this problem, we were faced with two primary questions:

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How do we streamline basic Z-Health? How can we design a faster training session that would pack at least 80% of the effectiveness of the Z-Health R-Phase series nto10 minutes of work?

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The answer: The Z-Health Level 1 Neural Warm-uprM!

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First of all, don't let the name of this training program fool you - it's a workout in and of itself, However, as a warm-up it is designed to prepare your body to perform - no matter your "sport". The Z-Health Neural Warm-uprM is a great first-thing-out-of-bed routine, pre-sport preparation, a terrific getting-ready-for-yard-work session, and anything else! This training program is designed to stimulate all of your body's major systems quickly and efficiently.

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In short, a great warm-up will make you faster, stronger, more stable, better able to perform, focused, sharp, agile and injury-resistant. Sound good?

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OvrncoMING THr BIccEsT CHALLENGE


INGREDIENT in success is "showing up." lt should come as no surprise CHATLENGE to success is the same thing -"showing up!"

Dan John, a famous strength and conditioning coach, once said that the most important then that the biggest

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Over the past seven years I have had the opporlunity to teach two different subjects around the world - self-defense, and, of course Z-Health. I have devoted much of my life to finding, researching, learning and sharing the very best information available in each of these fields. Here's the fascinating part - the people who excel 90% of the time aren't the ones wth the greatest physical or genetic gifts, but rather those with the greatest persistence. When it comes to turning back the clock, getting rid of aches and pains, improving your agility and body control, making your body stronger and more injury resistant, the Z-Health Neural Warmup" is the best material that we can provide. The rest is up to you.
Do something today to help yourself commit to making the Neural Warm-up a parl of your everyday life. Work hard to change your habits. Have your friends and family hold you accountable. Keep a journal. Just do somethingl

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Another of my favorite quotes

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"Ihe definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result." you aren't happy with where you are physically, you now have in hand one of the best tools available to change that. Commit to doing something different and reap the rewards of your work and discipline.
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Ok, let's get to the Z-Health Neural Warm-up Rules. Please note that we call them rules for a reason - if you break them there are consequences! Don't do it. Practice well.

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Move smoothly under total control. Never move into pain. Pain increases tension in the body which decreases efficiency and leads to injury. Just say no to painl 4. Keep your spine long during each movement. This activates the muscles that improve posture and protect the spine. 5. For sticky spots in your joints, move more slowly and add a few extra repetitions. 6. Always start and finish in the neutral stance. (We go in depth on this in the R-Phase Manual) L Rhythmically flow from one motion to the next without pausing. Done well, the Neural Warm-up looks like a kind of bizarre form of Tai Chi. B. Maintain total relaxation as much as possible. 9. Never hold your breath. 10. Synchronize your breathing with your movement. ln other words when the lungs are compressed by motion - exhale. When the chest expands or opens up - inhale. 1'1. Concentrate on constantly improving the quality of each motion. lt's your body - learn to
use it well! 12. Remember that there is no substitute for perfect form. Check out our other products to learn more about this. 13. Make it fun - always - every single day!

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'1. Keep the number of reps low. Shoot to complete between 3 and

7 PERFECT reps.

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Now that you've made it through the reading part, it's time to get moving. Bruce Lee once said,
"You can't learn to swim if you don't get into the water." There is no replacement for experience and you can't get healthier by simply reading this manual. You must do something with it. Here's your big chance - the same one you get every single day to start something new. Are you ready? Let's get to t.

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Keep the number of reps low. Shoot to complete between 3 and 7 PERFECT reps. Move smoothly under total control. Never move into pain. Pain increases tension in the body which decreases efficiency and leads to injury. Just say no to pain! Keep your spine long during each movement. This activates the muscles that improve posture and protect the spine. For sticky spots in yourjoints, move more slowly and add a few extra repetitions. Always start and finish in the neutral stance. (We go in depth on this in the R-Phase Manual) Rhythmically flow from one motion to the next without pausing. Done well, the Neural Warm-up looks like a kind of bizarre form of Tai Chi. Maintain total relaxation as much as possible. Never hold your breath. Synchronize your breathing with your movement. ln other words when the lungs are compressed by motion - exhale. When the chest expands or opens up - inhale. Concentrate on constantly improving the quality of each motion. lt's your body - learn to use it well! Remember that there is no substitute for perfect form. Check out our other products to learn more about this. Make it fun - always - every single day!
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Lumbar Hourglass - Small and comfortable range of motion. 9. Lumbar - Front Circle, Back Circle 10, Thoracic - Anterior/Posterior, Full Circle 11. Neck - Rotation, Lat Tilt, Anterior/Posterior, Rotating Figure B 12. Shoulder - Figure 8's - Anterior/Posterior, Top/Bottom, Side/Crossbody 13. Elbows - Top Circles 14. Wrist - Anterior/Posterior, Lateral Glide 15. Hands - Figure 8's 16. Fingers - Flexion and Extension Waves 17. TMJ - Anterior/Posterior, Lateral 18. Eye Muscles - Follow Finger - Full Circle 19. Focal Changes - Close hand/Far hand Focal Switch 20. Muscular Activation - Full Body X 10 21. Relaxation in Motion - Light Bouncing and Shaking
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1, Feet - Medial & Lateral Tilts 2, Feet - Toe Pulls - lnside, Middle, Outside 3. Ankles - Full Circles 4. Knee Circles - Closed - Both knees together - Remember to lock and unlock the knees 5. Knee Pendulum Circles - Open Chain - One leg at a time 6. Hips - Full Circles - Keep Pelvis Square 1. Pelvis - Anterior/Posterior, Full Circle

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Dr, Eric Cobb is the founder and CEO of Z-Health Performance SolutionsrM, as well as a chiropractic physician, professional speaker, author and nationally sought-after trainer. He regularly consults with clients ranging from weekend athletes to international caliber competitors in a variety of sports. Dr. Cobb also provides tailored

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