and Flatten Your Abs
By David Grisaffi - Review
Review by Rahul Alvares
Your Abs" turned out to be one unexpected read. In
a nice way that is! Authored by David Grisaffi, at sixty
pages it is a relatively small book.
Let me make
clear at the start some of the things about this book.
This book is not a "six-pack in six weeks" training
schedule. Because it is not cosmetic in its approach you
wont find much information on extreme dieting and
fat loss pills...except a little on why you should stay
away from both.
Your Abs" is a compilation of exercises that is designed
to target core training and spine stability over just
Let me quote
Grisaffi himself to explain better.
function of the abdominal muscles is to provide
protection to the body organs, spine and pelvis
and allow people to function at a better level in
everyday life. Each person may view the abdominal
core in a different capacity, however having a functional
core leads to better stabilization, reduction of
injuries and a better looking athletic physique.
With over forty
exercises, the book is very comprehensive in tackling
the subject of abdominal training. You might be surprised
to know that there is not a single sit-up exercise in
the book. The exercises, like I mentioned, are basically
targeted at core training.
are bodyweight exercises. And many are brand new to me
(that means I havent seen them elsewhere).
exercises also are complete in that there are different
exercises for all the different muscles of the abdomen,
i.e. transversus abdominus, rectus abdominus, external
obliques and internal obliques. For balanced development
of the core, lower back training has also been included.
For that, a few lunges and squats have also been incorporated
into the program.
with their descriptions and photographs comprise about
half the book. The other half deals mostly with questions
included are the most common ones beginners might ask:
- How often should I
train my abs?
- Will I lose fat if
I sit in a sauna?
- 300 sit-ups a day and
I still dont have abs. What am I doing wrong?
has been explained in detail. All the fat-loss potions
and powders (chromium picolinate, caffeine, citrus extract
etc.) have been reviewed with their pros and cons
listed. Actually, Grisaffi seems to have included this
section only to make the reader realize that real permanent
success comes primarily from regular exercise and a good,
natural food diet.
included in the book, though challenging, are not very
intense. Even then, I still think an advanced bodybuilder
will find much that is of use to him at least as far as
core training is concerned.
Most of the
exercises require little or no equipment. The Swiss Ball,
however, makes a big feature with almost fifteen exercises
devoted to it alone. That, of course, wont be a
problem for trainees who have access to one. But I dont
own one. Neither does my gym have one. As a matter of
fact, I have never even seen a Swiss Ball except in pictures.
You could imagine, therefore, that those fifteen exercises
will be of little use to me until I find myself a Swiss
required (though not absolutely compulsory) is a blood
pressure cuff. The cuff is used as a guidance device to
ensure proper contraction of the right abdominal muscles
with the performing of the concerned exercises.
being downright necessary for every person, I highly recommend
this book to everyone including the advanced bodybuilder.
here to learn more about
"Flatten Your Abs"
Honestly, having flat
abs is one of those goals that I see SO many people
taking the completely wrong approach to.
Thousands of crunches...bad
Hours of cardio...that
sounds like punishment to me!
This is where David
Grisaffi and his book "Firm & Flatten Your
Abs" comes in...
David takes a multi-pronged
approach to flattening the midsection. It's definitely
NOT all about crunches...in fact, the crunch is
not a great exercise for tightening up the core.
The first part of
his approach is the exercises. As I mentioned, these
aren't crunches but highly-targeted exercises that
focus on activating the deep muscles of the core
that are responsible for holding the abdominal wall
When you train with
crunches, you're basically pulling your body down
into a hunched position. What we WANT is to improve
your abdominal's ability to support the body and
keep you standing up straight.
This stretches out
the abdominal wall, automatically flattening the
The best part is,
even if you do have some extra fat, properly training
the abdominal wall serves to minimize the "protrudence"
(I know, I made up that word) of your stomach fat.
To REALLY flatten your stomach, you'll need to focus
on overall fat loss and get rid of the gut entirely.
With the right exercises, as you drop the fat, you'll
have the flat stomach already there to show off.
David has a masterful
knowledge of how the core works and how to properly
set up your exercises to guarantee you activate
the right muscles. It's not something that's immediately
obvious (you'll NEVER see it any magazines) but
it can mean the difference between success and just
flailing around on an exercise ball.
It's amazing what
these small changes in positioning can do for you.
If the extent of your ab training has been more
"standard" types of exercises, this will
be a real eye-opener for you.
By the time you get
through the 7 levels of training progressions in
the book, you will have not only a flat stomach
and a six-pack, but a rock-solid core that will
help you get rid of back pain (if you had it) AND
give you the support you need to perform at your
David also addresses
fat loss and nutrition in the book, including dietary
information and overall training advice for dropping
your extra baggage. It's quality info - nothing
revoluationary but that's actually a good thing.
when you try and make things too complicated, it
makes it too easy for something to go wrong and
throw you off. The simpler the better, when it comes
to eating well.
In addition to nutritional
info, David gives you his take on fat-loss supplements.
Again, excellent info here.
Overall, David's put
together a powerful book on flattening your midsection.
If you follow his step-by-step advice, you'll definitely
It doesn't matter
if you're a total beginner or an advanced trainer,
David's got something in the book for you. It's
top-quality knowledge and you can't go wrong with
about "Flatten Your Abs,"
and get your copy today