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The New Rules of Lifting for Abs: A Myth-Busting Fitness Plan for Men and Women Who Want a Strong Core and a Pain-Free Back Hardcover – December 30, 2010


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"All the crunches in the world won't give you the six-pack you want. These exercises will." — Men's Health

"Cogrove and Schuler's groundbreaking program is based on the concept that a healthy, sculpted body is the result of your muscles working the way they were intended." — Women's Health --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lou Schuler, editorial director for T-Nation.com, is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and author or coauthor of several popular books about diet and strength training, including Testosterone Advantage Plan, Home Workout Bible, Book of Muscle, and The New Rules of Lifting. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (December 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583334130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583334133
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lou Schuler is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, a contributing editor to Men's Health magazine, and the author of many popular books about fitness and nutrition, including five in the New Rules of Lifting series with coauthor Alwyn Cosgrove. He recently published his first novel, Saints Alive.

He lives in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley with his wife and three children.

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Workout will take about an hour each time.
kingocto
Now, in the spirit of full disclosure - I am good friends with the authors Alwyn Cosgrove and Lou Schuler.
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I find Lou Schuler's writing style to be easy to read yet informative.
Dave Tropeano

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Buba on January 11, 2011
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There are a million exercise books out there and everybody is an expert, so what's a mother to do when it comes to choosing an exercise program?

Here are a few "rules"

1 Do something
2 Do something you like
3 All the rest is just details

New Rules of lifting for Abs fills in the details. Lou writes in an interesting, witty and information packed format, and is a welcome addition to the "New Rules" series. This book speaks to a newly emphasized aspect of weight training namely core training. The book also speaks to another newly emphasized aspect of exercise namely metabolic training. I started lifting about 45 years ago when I joined the wrestling team in High School. Our coach was a Olympic wrestler and competed internationally all through the years I was on his team. We basically trained like he did. We lifted weights, we did push ups, we did pull ups, dips etc (strength training) we did tons and tons of wind sprints (metabolic training) We ran some miles (cardio) and we scrimmaged with guys bigger than ourselves (maybe the best damn core training ever). Nothing changes but the date. Every year I was engaged in wrestling season I was in the best shape of my life. This book has all the old concepts in new clothes.

The book is designed to get you through some pretty intense workouts. Rule 11 from the first book (NROL): You'll get better results working your ass off on a bad program than you will loafing through a good program

This book gives you the advantage of working your ass off (literally) with a good program. Over the years I have tried dozens of "programs" purchased scores of books and I have employed several "trainers" and have seen mixed results from all this effort.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dave Tropeano on January 3, 2011
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Bottom line - great book. I am writing this review within one week of the book hitting Amazon and the bookstores so it's not possible to have gone through all the exercise routines. But this latest in the "New Rules" series does not disappoint. I find Lou Schuler's writing style to be easy to read yet informative. I like the "rules" approach to talking about where the latest thinking is in exercise and rehab science. And I think overall this is the best "nutrition" section in the series.

If you're a gym rat who loves to read the latest fitness books and stuff out there you'll probably compare New Rules for Abs (NROL4Abs) to Core Performance Essentials: The Revolutionary Nutrition and Exercise Plan Adapted for Everyday Use, The IMPACT! Body Plan: Build New Muscle, Flatten Your Belly & Get Your Mind Right!, and the other books in the New Rules series. That's fine. I think NROL4Abs is a great addition to books focusing on the importance of functional exercises that work the core in a way the latest research suggests.

There are 3 programs presented in NROL4Abs. Each program is broken up into sections - dynamic warmup, core work, strength (and power), and metabolic work. The book presents LOTS of variations of the core and strength exercises used - everything from using dumbbells, barbells, body weight, adjustments for injuries, kettlebells, and the TRX trainer. In other words - you shouldn't have problems doing these workouts at home, a gym, a fitness studio, or hotel.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kingocto on December 27, 2011
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I have tried stage 1, 2 and 3, and then repeated those stages for a whole year.

This book does not teach many traditional forms of movement, like bicep curls, or tricep raises. In fact, like the advertisements say, they don't teach any ab work out. The reason for this is to get the body conditioned to be improved in a very natural way. Throughout the book you will read their reasoning and understanding to the point that you will be convinced that it makes logical sense.

The authors of the book focuses on stability and endurance during the workout. You are not required to lift amazing amounts of weights since the exercises can be quite difficult in its own right. For example, a few exercises require you to raise one dumbbell ten pounds heavier than the other side to improve muscles that help stabilize your core. The biggest exercises mentioned are the squats and dead lifts, and variations of those. By improving your lower body, you're working from the bottom to the top. Improving our core is the central part of what we do day to day.

For example, getting up from a chair, you can see the different mechanics of your body moving. You can pay attention to how your body lifts itself up as different parts of your muscles are there to support your body weight from a seated position to a standing position. This book actually helps out making simple motions and every day things much much easier. My legs are stronger, my abs are crazy strong, and even though I never did any bicep curls, my biceps became bigger from the natural exercises performed in this book.

That is why I give this book a five star rating. I will continue using this book for the next 2 years (when my gym contract expires). I improved my plank from 45 seconds to 2 mins.
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