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No-Risk Abs is indispensable reading for movement and fitness educators. Calais-Germain’s careful exposition of the anatomical logic that grounds her abdominal regimen will eliminate harm caused by the misinformation and cultural confusion surrounding this region of our bodies. Her approach beautifully contributes to holistic body organization.” (Mary Bond, author of The New Rules of Posture and Movement Faculty Chair at The Rolf Institute)

“This book is especially valuable for those who work with the elderly or who are returning to exercise after an absence. It would be very hard to go wrong with these moves.” (Publishers Weekly, June 2011)

“The focus on how to avoid injury while exercising is specific and black and white illustrations throughout provide specific instruction assuring clarity. Any library strong in exercise programs will appreciate this very specific, clear title.” (Midwest Book Review, August 2011)

“This book is as powerful as any exercise machine, filled with solid guidelines for a holistic approach to achieving a strong and healthy body.” (Vicky Thompson, New Connexion, September 2011)

“Read this book especially if you are a teacher or client with back issues...This is a brilliant book that finally addresses the poor training of abs and the possible effects of this training.” (Lesley Powell, Movements Afoot)

No-Risk Abs answers crucial questions about the safety of abdominal exercises and presents a unique system for stretching and strengthening abdominal muscles without stress to the low back, pelvic floor, and neck.” (Colleen Craig, author of Pilates on the Ball)

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HEALTH / FITNESS "No-Risk Abs answers crucial questions about the safety of abdominal exercises and presents a unique system for stretching and strengthening abdominal muscles without stress to the low back, pelvic floor, and neck." --Colleen Craig, author of Pilates on the Ball "No-Risk Abs is indispensable reading for movement and fitness educators. Calais-Germain's careful exposition of the anatomical logic that grounds her abdominal regimen will eliminate harm caused by the misinformation and cultural confusion surrounding this region of our bodies. Her approach beautifully contributes to holistic body organization." --Mary Bond, author of The New Rules of Posture and Movement Faculty Chair at The Rolf Institute Presenting a new type of abdominal exercise program designed with the body's anatomical relationships in mind, Blandine Calais-Germain reveals the 6 underlying principles for working the abs efficiently, 7 exercises to get you ready, and the 16 most effective and safest abdominal exercises for a flat belly. Pointing out that ab exercises are not without risk, she reviews the most common abdominal exercises, such as crunches and leg lifts, and explains how to avoid injury to the neck, lower back, pelvic floor, diaphragm, prostate, and internal organs as well as how to protect these vital structures with appropriate abdominal work. Exploring this often misunderstood region of the body in her trademark anatomical style, Calais-Germain details the muscular structures that make up the abs, revealing that strength alone is not the sole factor for a flat stomach. Including tips to get rid of belly fat--both superficial fat and deeper visceral fat--this book reveals how to get great abs, lose weight, gain strength, and build your core, all without hurting yourself. BLANDINE CALAIS-GERMAIN is the author of the classic Anatomy of Movement, The Female Pelvis: Anatomy and Exercises, and Anatomy of Breathing. In addition to being a dancer and a dance teacher, she is a certified physical therapist and attended the French School of Orthopedics and Massage in Paris. Known for her innovative method for teaching the physical structures of anatomy in relation to movement, she teaches workshops to students from all over the world. She lives in Limoux, France.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book 27 Feb. 2012
By Lesley Powell - Published on Amazon.com
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Read this book especially if you are a teacher or client w. back issues.

You might know of Blandine's other book, Anatomy of Movement. This is a brilliant book that finally addresses the poor training of abs and the possible effects of this training. The "crunch" is poor use of the abs especially when the abs are used incorrectly and is compressing the disks. A lot of clients know how to harden the abs and destroy the length of the spine. Here is a book that addresses the whys and hows to correct training.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ab workout. !!! 13 Oct. 2011
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Amazing. Highly recommend this book. I've done so many Dvd's and different ab exercises and nothing comes close to how effective these are. Who would think something so simple would create such a workout. I'm amazed these exercises aren't more recommended. I do pilates, barre, etc.....these simple simple exercises top them all. Thinking about them is even motivating .....I think ill do them now. !!!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars create a strong and healthy body 1 Mar. 2012
By New Connexion Journal - Published on Amazon.com
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I admit it -- I worry about my abs. Do I have enough strength to pick up heavy boxes? Can I support my back with my core strength? And finally -- my most telling worry -- does my belly look fat? No-Risk Abs offers a simple and safe workout for increasing your strength, building your core, and yes, losing both superficial and deeper visceral fat. Written by certified physical therapist Blandine Calais-Germain, who is also the author of the classic book Anatomy of Movement, No-Risk Abs shows you the inside world of the abs and how this amazing group of muscles keeps your body moving. Using illustrations and photos, this handy guide shows you how to do ab exercises safely and effectively. This book is as powerful as any exercise machine, filled with solid guidelines for a holistic approach to achieving a strong and healthy body.
-- Vicky Thompson, New Connexion Journal
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Requires Patience 5 Dec. 2013
By Jim Curry - Published on Amazon.com
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Although the abs are very important, it is very difficult to find good protocols for their proper training. This book is very good in the sense that it explains the anatomy involved quite carefully, but in an accessible way. It explains in detail why the usual training techniques can be very disadvantageous and even quite dangerous. Here, the danger is not some imagined problem but practical, meaningful threat of injury. Finally, it shows a very creditable and effective approach to training the abs. It is obviously safe and is probably effective. So, I have to admire this important and carefully made resource.

Psychologically, I just hate this book---really, I hate it. I am not particularly interested in the details of abdominal anatomy. I want to be told what to do and how to do it very succinctly. For the most part, I don't really care why it works---as long as it works. So, I find that I have to give more patience than I really want to give in understanding the first two thirds of the book, explaining the anatomy and the disadvantages of wrong form. This is a necessary, but (for me) unpalatable learning. Finally, it takes some patience to master the true exercise protocols. They are not what I expect. I expect to work very hard, sweat a lot, hurt a little, get done fast, and have everything go swell. As it happens, that isn't how this works. It is necessary to stretch and contract the muscles alternately in appropriate patterns. The stretches give the impression that I am wasting my time and not sweating. So, there is psychological pressure, especially during the learning phase. I want to work hard and get it done, and I'm lying about moving in slow stretching patterns---and wasting my time.

The problem is simple. If proper cultivation of the ab muscle group was as I supposed it to be, then I'd have gotten it right a long time ago, wouldn't I? Yes, I would have. The proper way of doing it has a learning curve and "feels" or "seems" quite unexpected to me. So, I have a real learning to undergo, and some considerable patience is required. This should not have been unexpected, but, nonetheless, I didn't expect it. Who knew? The right way may not be what I expected. This way will not injure any normal person. It appears to give good results when fully learned and fully done.
4.0 out of 5 stars so good. It helps one to be more aware of ... 28 Jan. 2016
By SERENDIPITY - Published on Amazon.com
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So far, so good. It helps one to be more aware of the individual abdominal muscles. It has not caused any discomfort to me. I have not yet completed all of the exercises. The downside is that my impression is that one must find an instructor, but I am not sure what more the instructor would have to offer.
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