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ABS for Life: The No. 1 Solution on How to Get Six Pack Abs Paperback – December 1, 2008
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If you are a beginner, this book is for you. Otherwise, there are better ways to waste your time and money.
Great read for anyone starting out and not fully understanding why you can't see that flat stomach as of yet.
For far too many years, however, I thought good Abdominal muscles were achieved through hundreds of sit-ups and the degree of severity of those sit-ups. What started (many years ago) as a straight forward routine gradually got more difficult as the foot of my sit-up bench was raised more and more until I was doing 100 sit-ups with my body vertical (Yes, even at 60!). Let me save you all a lot of time and tell you NOW! It made no difference to my Abs at all. None whatsoever.
The reason I like this book is because of a quote found right at the beginning which sets the scene for this work. It reads; "Abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym" and once the reader understands and accepts that simple principle, you can start thinking of eight packs instead of six. In short, your Abs are there - all you have to do is reveal them. Being published by SPN Fitness Group - as opposed to a publisher with no inherent knowledge of fitness and diet, is another factor in favour of this work if only because no fitness organisation would wish to be associated with the wrong message.
So what do we get; Commencing with two forewords by successful athletes, author Neil Frost gets down to basics by telling the reader what is required as far as diet is concerned. He then explains protein, carbohydrates and other important aspects of food (I like that because so many people think everyone already knows!) with a list of his own recommendations for good and bad before concluding with a nutritional summary. This period of real learning is then followed by a number of meals ideas and includes that all-important breakfast plus mid-morning, lunch, mid-afternoon, dinner, late-evening and pre and post-workout meals, desserts and water intake.
Next up is the recommended fitness regime which is too lengthy to repeat here except to say he covers every part of the body before coming back to nutrition with his plan for feeding muscle. And this very positive message continues. I especially like his inclusion of those favourites which we all think we should be using but few of us know why - such as Whey Protein and Green Tea (to name but two). Then after yet another section on Cardio we finally get around to those Abs - and by now we fully understand what is happening and why.
In summary, with this book you get to rethink your own eating habits and, in so doing, afford yourself the opportunity to give yourself a complete body makeover. Food is explained in conjunction with ideas for meal and diet plans. In addition we have the various fitness routines which take care of the entire body and, having studied so many of these products recently, I regard this as complete a work on the subject as you might hope to find. As is stated on the back cover; "Abs for life will show you how to get lean and stay lean for life." The rest, of course, is up to you.
Just to show how impressed I am with this product, I actually found myself looking for something to criticise - and I found it. The "Contents" right at the beginning is wrongly headed "Index"! Seriously, that was all I found. Quite frankly, after so many disappointments, it is a pleasure to give this product a richly deserved 5 Star rating - so get to it, buy a copy and get to work. And good luck.
I recommend the Body Sculpting Bible for Men, its not a ab-specific book, but no book really is including Abs for Life. The bible's section on diet and nutrition is much better than Abs for Life.
Nutrition is covered extensively. As the author points out, forget sculpting great abs and a great body if you cannot nail your diet. I have learned so much about food I could write my own book on the topic! The meal suggestions were great and especially liked the guilt free desserts that were listed.
I like the approach of this system as it is maintainable not just short term, but I can see myself sticking to this for years to come. I will update this review in 12 weeks, but wanted to write something now as I am soo pleased with the results.
Please read this book, for under $16, it really is a sound investment. Bravo!