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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 Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade; 1 Reprint edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781583334607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583334607
  • ASIN: 1583334602
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

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.
Michael A Roussell
I find Lou Schuler's writing style to be easy to read yet informative.
David Tropeano

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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful By SLC Snowdrops on January 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Like another reviewer, I cringed when I heard the latest book in the "New Rules" series was "for Abs."

However, this book is not just about getting "abs." In fact, you could trade out the word "abs" for mobility, performance, injury prevention, core, or back.

I bought this book because:

1. I trust Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove to rely on solid scientific research and admit their own biases or limitations.

2. The other "New Rules" books completely changed my approach to fitness, and the proof is in my increased strength, improved body composition, better mobility, and more restful sleep because I no longer over-train like a maniac. Plus, I eat many more calories and never gained an inch. Cosgrove & Schuler helped me realize I was undereating (common among female fitness buffs).

3. I suffer from some painful injuries from the bad old days when I over-trained, as well as from imbalances that I still need to work on. Yes, I have tried physical therapy, but I know I need a new approach to my workouts as well.

4. My husband also wanted the book. He struggled for years to achieve muscle gains, but only when we purchased and followed the original "New Rules" programs did he see real results.

5. Lou Schuler is funny.

The cover also promises that "New Rules for Abs" is a "myth-busting fitness plan for men and women who want a strong core and a pain-free back." Folks, this is not some cheesy book about getting a "six pack." This is a fitness plan that takes the long-term view, keeping your back and joints healthy for the long haul.

I love the dynamic warmups, as well as the tweaks to tried-and-true exercises. I also appreciate the "core challenge" notes alongside every exercise.
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40 of 43 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 David 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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