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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Unless you're already very fit, you won't be doing 300 sit-ups in seven weeks. I am on week four of the beginners program and doing good so far. It's going to be more like twenty weeks for me, which is fine. Buyers should be aware that you'll need more than the book if you want to follow the suggested exercises - a stability ball, a medicine ball and a resistance band set. Maybe $60 or $70 for these, all together. Amazon has a lot of options for these items.

The book is easy to follow, although at first, you'll be doing a lot of flipping through the book while exercising. The program mixes a series of exercises to build the core and the specific exercises change each session, so there's no way the exercises can go in order in the book. It's not just sit-ups that you'll be doing, so it's not boring. It takes me about 30 to 35 minutes to do each session, including rest periods, warm-up and stretching and there are three sessions per week. It's a good, solid work-out.

One note that the first copy I bought fell apart on me after the second session. The pages came apart from the binding and this prompts the four-star review. I returned the defective book and Amazon promptly replaced it with a new copy that is holding up better so far, although I'm treating it more gingerly.

Steve Speirs has written several "Seven Weeks" book. I am doing 7 Weeks to 50 Pull-Ups: Strengthen and Sculpt Your Arms, Shoulders, Back, and Abs by Training to Do 50 Consecutive Pull-Ups and 7 Weeks to 100 Push-Ups: Strengthen and Sculpt Your Arms, Abs, Chest, Back and Glutes by Training to do 100 Consecutive Push-Ups at the same time. The exercise programs in these two books are simpler than the sit-ups program,and it's easy to do all three at the same time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2012
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This is a great book for those wanting to start out a workout routine. Its exactly the place you want to target, the midsection. This is a step by step guide i keep within reach to keep perfecting my form for best results. I just started the routine but i already am feeling some results. Thanks for the good information!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is ideal for anyone who is interested in focusing on the most fundamental aspect of their physique (i.e., the core). The book, unlike so many others, presents sufficient detail to wholly satisfy its objective but does not contain superflous information that would exists solely to satisfied an author's ego. Brett Stewart's knowledge enables him to write to a broad range of folks. That is, individuals of all levels will surely find this book worth its moderate price. Finally, the book is a paperback publication that is easy to throw in a gym bag and to carry around a gym but is much more durable than a magazine. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I consider myself a pretty fit person who knows how to workout. The area I struggle in getting a good workout in is the core. I was in a rut of doing the exact same ab workouts 2-3 times a week. I had to force myself to do these 2-3 boring workouts. This all changed after implementing this program. The first couple of days really showed me how limited my core strength was. I am a runner and having a strong core is key. I know workout my core 3 times a week after I get my run in. I have noticed a change in how my abs work and more importantly feel stronger in my running form. I continue to use these workouts to add variety to my core workouts. Having a routine already planned out for me to follow is so helpful and takes the guess work out of doing a good core workout. If you are just starting to build your core or wanting to improve your core workout routine this book is for you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2013
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My experience with the exercises in the program has been very positive so far. I was in a push-up program, due to abs getting tired, so I picked-up this book and worked from the very beginning program. I highly recommend the prep-level, as it really helps build core strength with little effort. After about 3 weeks, I did not have any more problems with abs strength in my other push-up program. The variety of exercises was something I really appreciated, as I get bored quickly of just doing the same exercises over many sets. I don't know about doing 300 sit-ups at this point, but I would still recommend this book highly for building a strong core.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2013
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I needed to improve my core strength.
I always had good intentions but I would work my abs for a few days then give up (while I was a bit more consistent with lifting weights) so this program makes it easy -3 times a week you have a schedule and it seems to be helping me reduce my abs and increase my core strength.

I had to do the prep program and it really helps you get into the program.

When I got the book I was surprised/disappointed about its small size but once I started reading/using it I have begun to like it.

There is an app for this (0.99$) that is helpful too.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2012
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I just received the latest book in the "7 Weeks to..." series by Brett Stewart. I have not started the program yet, but have read through the book and was thoroughly impressed with the many different ab workouts laid out in the book. I look forward to further gains in my physical health, thanks largely to Brett's innovative and interesting workouts. 15 pounds lost to date and a few more good workouts to go. Thanks Brett!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2012
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This is a great book that makes getting back in shape simple to understand, yet challenges you to push yourself to the next level. The author covers all aspects from preparation, execution and nutrition. I highly recommend this book!
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on September 24, 2014
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I'm really enjoying using and following the programs in this book. However, I have two suggestions for the author. First, there is a big jump from the preparatory programs to the next level in the number of exercises and repetitions. I think the preparatory program should be lengthened and the number of exercises and reps increased to help exercisers make a smoother transition to the next level. I ended up doing the preparatory program twice before I successfully transitioned to the next level. Second, I suggest the author talk to the publisher to beef up the binding. The binding in my book is falling apart and I have been taping it together. Overall, I like this book a lot. I do the program faithfully thrice a week and it is really helpful in my opinion.
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on December 2, 2014
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I bought "7 weeks to 100 push-ups" by same author and while I didn't get to 100 in 7 weeks I significantly improved from 26 to 74 in the 7 week. It had a straight forward approach - do push ups - which I liked so decided to get the sit-up version thinking it would be the same approach. No so straight forward. It has a lot of different exercises, which isn't really a bad thing. Was expecting it to be more like the push up book. Probably not good to base review on expectations raised from another, but that was the reason I bought the book. No doubt you can improve your sit-ups following the program.
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