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The AbSmart Fitness Plan: The Proven Workout to Lose Inches and Strengthen Your Core Without Straining Your Back Paperback – 1 Jan 2009

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Adam Weiss, D.C., is a board certified chiropractic physician and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Medical director of Weiss Health and Fitness Center, Dr. Weiss has worked with professional and Olympic-level athletes and conducts strengthening and conditioning workshops throughout the United States. He lives in Illinois.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Adam Weiss and AbSmart are Simply Real Smart! 21 May 2009
By Shawn Kovacich - Published on
Format: Paperback
I earlier did a review on the authors other book, The BackSmart Fitness Plan: A Total-Body Workout to Strengthen and Heal Your Back, and had given it to my girlfriend to use as she suffers from back pain. I really enjoyed that book and so did she. It was loaded with a lot of very sound and useful information, just like this book is, only instead of targeting the back muscles, the author focuses on the abdominal muscles.

The information contained within the pages of this book are numerous and are very sound from a safe and effective standpoint. Fortunately I have never suffered from back pain and therefore can not respond with a testimonial about how using the information in this book alleviated any kinds of pain, but I can attest to the fact that my girlfriend has and she just loves this book. She can now do quite a few sit-ups without experiencing the normal pain that she used to after doing only a few sit-ups, perhaps 25 to 30. Now she can do twice that number with no pain, okay a little sore muscle pain in the abs, but not in the back.

I have found that by following the information and guidance provided by the author in this book that I personally seem to be able to do a few more ab exercises during each session, although admittedly I haven't seen a lot of the waist melt off yet, but I suppose that has quite a bit to do with my hating to diet. I know, you have to do both in order to get the results.

I highly recommend this book along with The BackSmart Fitness Plan: A Total-Body Workout to Strengthen and Heal Your Back by the same author, Adam Weiss.

Shawn Kovacich
Creator of numerous books and DVD's.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
AbSmart Different kind of Ab Workout 13 Jan 2009
By Estee Sherman - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love the photos included in the book that shows the various techniques and exercises for each part of the stomach and glutes. The Author's explicit, easy-to-understand instructions are accompanied by clear photographs that will help you check your form as he focuses on the specific aspects of alignment, muscle control, and breathing throughout the workout-keys to achieving the maximum benefit from each exercise.

Plus it offers to let the reader start slowly for beginners or choose exercises that work all aspects of your stomach for those who have been working out for years. You don't have to start reading from the beginning. It only takes me about 15-20 minutes a day to do a workout at home. With many options to choose from, these workouts are fun.

He also share important tips for improving your diet without completely giving up the foods you love. Unlike other restrictive diet plans- this program provides you with smart uses of foods and "swap out" certain food groups for lighter, healthier foods to stop the bloating and swelling that occurs. There are good tips about what to eat and why with a good common sense and straight forward apporach you can flatten your stomach and make your stomach stronger.

A very good addition to whatever workout program you are doing if you need some help for just another view on eating as part of getting and staying in shape. Highly recommended to anyone.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Washboard Abs for Dummies (and Smart People) 10 Sep 2012
By Daniel K. Berman, Ph.D. - Published on
The larger your waistline, the shorter your lifespan and the more serious various health problems will be. Ever since I heard the recent medical reports to that effect, I've been concerned about trimming my waist. The conventional wisdom that crunches are best has never worked well for me and I have had some issues with my back, so I was delighted to come across The AbSmart Fitness Plan, which emphasizes strengthening of the core without straining the back.

There are several things in particular that I like about this book:

1. It is well-written, at the same time clear and interesting.
2. It doesn't make wild claims and offers no gimmicks or "miracles."
3. It takes a holistic approach, with lots of useful information about nutrition.
4. It has very clear photos to demonstrate each exercise.
5. There is no expensive equipment you have to buy.

At first, there was one way in which I thought the book was lacking. That is, the absence of highlighting or similar formatting techniques on pages of text, to indicate which verbiage was most important. But then I realized that this makes it ideal to use a yellow highlighter, to "customize" the book for my own personal use, which is much better anyway. The highlights and most important things to remember will be different for different readers.

In short, I highly recommend this book for any health-conscious person eager to take a great leap forward in improving his or her health, by strengthening the core and trimming the waistline.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A fine read for those who want to kick their fitness program up a notch 9 May 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
Getting in shape is a noble goal, but you can leave yourself in worse shape than you began if you do it wrong. "The Ab Smart Fitness Plan: The Proven Workout to Lose Inches and Strengthen Your Core Without Straining Your Back" takes a look at aerobic exercise and how crunches and sit ups alone are not a cure-all for fitness woes. Presenting a solid exercise program with research backing it up, designed to help readers lose weight and craft better bodies, "The Ab Smart Fitness Plan" is a fine read for those who want to kick their fitness program up a notch.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Achievable core strength 9 Oct 2012
By Jeffrey Stone - Published on
Core strength is known to be an integral part of overall fitness and this book shows you how to achieve it while strengthening and sculpting your midsection in the process. There are many great exercises with accompanying photos to show you exactly how to do them. What especially appealed to me is that few of the exercises require any additional equipment. A clearly written and informative text compliments the illustrative photos. There are also sections on stretching, shrinking your waistline, eliminating those troublesome love handles, and what to eat to keep your new waistline looking trim. No matter what kind of shape you are currently in, there's an exercise in this book that will get you stronger.
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