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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: HATHERLEIGH PRESS; Pap/DVD edition (13 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578262658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578262656
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 1.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andi on 1 May 2009
Format: Paperback
Ok I bought this book based on the two previous reviews. I wanted some interesting Abs exercises to get a flat lean tummy and a little motivation to stay at it. The book gives clear instructions and performace tips for 47 different exercises. 17 matwork 14 swiss ball 4 medicine ball 7 gym equipment being a cable station, High Chair and Ab-Original and a slant board and some hand weight exercises. I had some experince of abs work from various dvds (like perfect pilates body, core fushion workout, shiva rea creative core) so unfourtuatley I didn't find anything new in the matwork section. The exercises for the swiss ball look very interesting and I have ordered a ball and dvd as a result of reading this book.

The book catagorises each exercise as to which muscle group it mostly works, including rectus abdominals, transverse abdominals, Oblques and Back (errector spinae) so it is good.

The dvd is a total let down, I can see why it was a free bonus dvd and not part of the package. Although it demonstarates the exercises well and has a workout for each day (using various equipment) the music is dreadful and I can't bare it! I can take a bit of physical pain to achive my perfect body but not bad music. It is the same 4 bar sequence over and over like you get with sky when looking at the listings only worse, far worse. So I just find that demotivating, theres also no flow to the exercises which have intervals inbetween them with count downs , it all seems a bit too plain to keep me motivated.

The 14 day routines are a good idea ( that you change your routine every 14 days is a good idea) , but I think the exercise layout is just not spicy enough for me to stay motivated.

So in conclusion this is a comprehensive book of basic abs exercises.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By birdy on 14 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
the Body Scultping Bible for Abs, is one of the easiest books to follow. It comes with a dvd which is broken down into daily workouts. I was looking for a book to get me motivated and to create a stunning waistline........this book/dvd delivers just that! Obviously, you have to put the work in, but believe me its worth it for the results! My friends have also borrowed this, and are arguing between themselves as to who gets it next!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Ab Workout 26 Jan. 2007
By Laura I - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been doing the Body Sculpting Bible for Women for awhile now and I was looking for a way to improve my abs as well. Now I alternate between days when I do this ab workout and days when I do the original Body Sculpting Bible for Women workout. Both are excellent books!

Equipment Needed:

A lot of people have been complaining about various equipment that you need. 1. You do need a balance ball, I got one off of amazon.com for $14, they're also available at stores like Walmart and Target, fairly cheaply. 2. You'll probably also want to get either a Weighted Ball or Medicine Ball, although you can replace many of the weighted ball activities with a free weight. I got a 10lb weighed ball off of amazon for $10. 3. There is some gym equipment that the book suggests you use, in many cases you can do simple substitutions. For example, in the case of a barbell, I use free weights. There's also something used called an "ab original", it's a sort of sling attached to a pull up bar that you can dangle from while doing leg lifts. In this case, I simply hung from a pull up bar with my hands and did the leg lifts.

Whenever there are moves that you can't do because either it is too difficult or you don't have the proper equipment you can simply browse through the many listings of exercise and choose a substitute.

Keep in mind this book is for people who are serious about exercise and about their abs. If all you're willing to do is a handfull of sit ups, then you probably shouldn't buy this book and should just get down on the floor and go ahead with those sit ups.

All in all I felt that this book has an excellent and thorough collection of ab and back exercises.
105 of 121 people found the following review helpful
Warning: Equipment needed! 7 Nov. 2003
By S. J. Osburn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For people who have the equipment and the physique necessary to complete these exercises as prescribed, they might work. Here are the obstacles that arose for me (age 56, abdominal muscles injured during pregnancies, overweight, former gymnast):
In the VERY FIRST workout grouping, called the "break-in" workout, there were two problems:
First, you're supposed to do a "slow sit-up." I just plain am not able to do this. The authors state in their instructions for the "slow sit-up" that "having to use momentum to get your body going is an indication of an abdominal weakness that needs to be corrected." Huh? Corrected how? Surgically? If the "slow sit-up" is nearly the first exercise in the regimen, how are we supposed to correct the weakness?
Second, you need a Swiss ball. That isn't SO bad, but could be a barrier for some people.
Then, in the second "break-in" workout, you are supposed to do an exercise while dangling from gym equipment. Well, I belong to a gym, and it DOESN'T HAVE that type of equipment! I can't get to the gym very often, because it is not nearby and so forth, but even so -- the equipment is not available! What if I lived in rural Montana or somewhere? No gyms in the vast mountainlands. . .
The main model used in this book looks as though she just walked in from a Scandianavian brothel. This is a weird book, and is not for everyone. It seems not to be for me, and despite my physical challenges described above, I do lap swimming and other weight workouts.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Great exercises, clear, easy to read 29 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a really great book. The exercises are killer and there's a whole section on fitness balls (they call them Swiss balls in the book), which are really fun to use. I also liked the fact that they give you lower back exercises, too. Also, it's not too stupidly expensive, like some of the other workout books out there. I give it thumbs up.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
ABsolutely great! 29 Jan. 2003
By Andrew Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been in search of a complete ab program for women and I discovered this book.
It contains detailed workout plans and dozens of great exercises for both at home and the gym make it really helpful.
The pictures are clear and easy follow. The exercise descriptions are concise and filled with "trainer tips".
Great book. Recommended for my gal pals who want a trim tummy!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
So simple! 29 Sept. 2005
By E. Mallett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The instructions in this book are so easy to understand. The exercises are varied- from basic to complex, there is something in it for everyone, regardless of your physical condition. I have a home gym and have been able to use my own equiptment (weights, ball, etc.) If ever an exercise calls for something I don't have, I just choose another exercise to do instead. There are also LOTS of mat exercises too. I have the other book by these authors- the Body Sculpting Bible and I love it! I use it everytday. This ab book has been a nice complement to my regular exercise routine.
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