Firm & Flatten Your Abs by
E-book review by Tom Venuto
Abdominals! Your Six Pack! The Core muscles! No
matter what you call them, everybody wants them!
Whether you're training for sports, bodybuilding or
just to look good on the beach; whether you are male
or female, young or old, it doesn't matter. There's
not a single person who doesn't want a lean, tight,
fat-free, set of abs.
The trouble is, getting great abs is not easy. Most
people will waste years of effort and hundreds or
even thousands of dollars on all the latest
infomercial gadgets and diet gimmicks, trying in
vain to obtain that ever-elusive lean, muscular six
pack stomach, with nothing to show for their
If you want to
save time and money, separate hype from truth, and
bypass years of trial and error, then you must educate
yourself in two critical areas: (1) abdominal exercise,
and (2) fat burning nutrition. You can't get great abs
without both! That's where the new ebook, Firm And
Flatten Your Abs, (2nd edition), comes in.
Firm and Flatten Your Abs goes beyond conventional
crunch routines and there's not a single sit up in the
entire book. Much of the program is based on developing
a strong, powerful, injury-proof core.
The "core" refers not just to the abdominal muscles, but
your entire trunk musculature, including deep muscles
you can't see (like the Transversus Abdominis, or TVA)."
Why should you care about muscles you can't even see?
That's a question I would have asked many years ago in
my early competitive bodybuilding days when all I cared
about was looking good onstage and having ripped six
pack abs, but now I've learned better. The answer is,
among many other reasons, to stabilize the spine and
eliminate low back pain, which 80% of us will suffer
from at some time in our lives.
If you're an athlete - recreational or competitive -
core strength means better performance on the playing
field. If you're a non-athlete, greater core strength
means more efficient and safer performance of regular,
day to day activities. If you know anyone who blew out
their back lifting boxes or simply doing work around the
house, you know what I'm talking about.
I've had a copy of the 1st edition of Firm And Flatten
Your Abs for a long time and was impressed with the
variety and uniqueness of the exercises. However, this
second edition really blew me away. The 2nd edition has
been completely revised, edited and tripled in size from
60 to 180 pages. In fact, when I told David how much I
enjoyed the new edition of his ebook, he asked me if I
would write the forward and I gladly agreed!
The exercise descriptions and ab workout routines are
definitely the strong point of the book and they have
not changed at all from the first edition with the
exception of new exercises being added into the mix (why
change something that already works so well?)
You may be wondering exactly what's in the book, so
here's a sneak preview
The foreword, written by me (tom venuto), explains the
difference between training for "form" (looks) and
training for "function" (strength and performance) and
how it's possible to train for both - a revelation of
extreme importance for the bodybuilder, the athlete and
weekend warrior alike. This sets the stage nicely for
the rest of the book.
The first chapter is a short introduction and
welcome message from the author, David Grisaffi
The second chapter is called 15 abdominal myths.
On David's website,
www.flattenyourabs.net he says, "This problem
(misinformation) is so bad today, that my job of
educating people has become like digging a trench in the
sand with a sewing needle. Before I can even begin to
teach the TRUTH about getting muscular abs and losing
fat, I have to UN-TEACH all the LIES, MYTHS and RUMORS."
That is exactly what David does in chapter two.
The third chapter is anatomy and physiology of
the core. This chapter might seem a little dry to some
people, but if you've never heard of tranvsversus
abdominis, multifidus, or psoas muscles, then this is
The fourth chapter explains how to set up the
perfect abdominal and core conditioning routine. Sets,
reps, tempo, rest intervals and everything else you need
to know to put together a workout program that works is
The fifth chapter is the real heart of the
program - The 7 levels of core and ab workout routines.
It.s not just the fact that you're given 7 routines
instead of just one that makes this chapter so valuable,
it's the fact that each routine increases in difficulty
step by step to accommodate increasing levels of
The sixth chapter continues in the heart of the
program with descriptions and photographs of more than
50 abdominal and core conditioning exercises. I can
guarantee you, that unless you are a veteran exerciser
or fitness professional, you have never seen the
majority of these exercises before. If you are bored
with crunches, sit ups and leg raises, you are going to
The seventh chapter is called, "Top 15 nutrition
secrets to flatten your abs." People who already have my
Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle e-book will no doubt be
familiar with most of the principles in chapter 7.
However, a brief tutorial on fat burning nutrition is an
absolute must in any good book about getting six pack
abs. Because, as the saying goes, "abs are made in the
kitchen, not just in the gym."
The eighth chapter, "Ask David Q & A," is a real
gem. This is the part of the book that has been expanded
the most since the first edition. David gets thousands
of questions by email every month and he has take the
most frequently asked questions and compiled them right
here in chapter eight.
The ninth and final chapter is a brief resource
directory of recommended products and services. This
includes online personal training, e-books, audio CD's
So now you know what's in the ebook, but you also maybe
wondering about the exercises and whether you need any
special equipment to do them. Good question, since not
everyone wants to train in a health club. Many of
David's exercises can be done with just your body
weight. Others require a stability ball (swiss ball),
and a handful can be done with a cable apparatus you'd
find in any gym. This means you can train at home or in
a gym, whichever you prefer.
So who will benefit from this ebook? Well, just about
anybody. The information applies to you if you are
overweight, if you suffer from low back pain, if you are
recovering from c-section, hernia or abdominal surgery,
if you're pregnant or post-pregnancy, if you're an
athlete, or even if you're a bodybuilder like me.
The principles in David's ebook are scientifically
tested and proven. A graduate of the prestigious Chek
Institute with a total of six certifications, David has
the credentials and has done the research to back up his
claims. He spends every day in the trenches practicing
what he preaches as a personal trainer and strength
coach for clients as diverse as housewives to
professional boxers and golfers.
In summary, Firm And Flatten Your Abs is a
groundbreaking e-book because it is about form and
function, not just form. Stated differently, David's
program will help you develop abs that are every bit as
strong and functional as they look. Why settle for a
lean, attractive and sexy waistline when you can have
that as well as the strength, stamina and injury-proof
stability of a professional boxer, Greco-Roman wrestler
or a world class gymnast?
That is what separates David's program from the hundreds
of other abdominal and core training books, DVD's and
classes that clutter the fitness marketplace today.
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