Complete Book of Abs for Women: The Definitive Resource for Every Stage of a Woman's Life

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THE FIRST AB-WORKOUT BOOK CREATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR WOMEN—FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE MONUMENTAL BESTSELLER THE COMPLETE BOOK OF ABS

After the phenomenal success of The Complete Book of Abs, Kurt Brungardt now targets the particular needs of women with a workout bible for every stage of life. Fully illustrated and written in a clear, conversational style, The Complete Book of Abs for Women maps the road to a trim and toned stomach, slender hips, and a healthy state of mind. Inside ...

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Overview

THE FIRST AB-WORKOUT BOOK CREATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR WOMEN—FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE MONUMENTAL BESTSELLER THE COMPLETE BOOK OF ABS

After the phenomenal success of The Complete Book of Abs, Kurt Brungardt now targets the particular needs of women with a workout bible for every stage of life. Fully illustrated and written in a clear, conversational style, The Complete Book of Abs for Women maps the road to a trim and toned stomach, slender hips, and a healthy state of mind. Inside you’ll discover:

• Ab basics: the key concepts, techniques, and principles of abdominal training that are essential for achieving the best results
• A sustainable nine-week ab regimen—divided into three fitness levels—to strengthen and tone your abs, lower back, and deep-core muscles
• Strategies for enhancing both body and mind, from self-image and nutrition to relaxation and performance
• A complete wellness program that includes stretching, cardio workouts, and weight training
• Workouts tailored for busy working women and for exercising with a partner, plus age-specific routines for girls, teenagers, and women over fifty
• A special section on safe exercises for pregnant women—and a program for mothers who wish to get back into swimsuit shape after pregnancy
• routines for every lifestyle: from Pilates- and yoga-based workouts to gym super-sets—even an easy ab office workout that can be done at your desk
• exercises that target specific areas: lower abs, upper abs, and obliques

With a wide variety of routines, nearly 100 exercises, anatomical illustrations, and more than 300 photos, The Complete Book of Abs for Women is destined to become another Kurt Brungardt classic in the field of health and fitness.

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In this sequel to The Complete Book of Abs, the best seller that sparked a fitness obsession in the early 1990s, Brungardt addresses women of all fitness levels and ages. As the title indicates, his emphasis is abdominal work, and he does an excellent job explaining how to do each exercise via written instructions, helpful tips, and photos. Readers are also made aware of each exercise's difficulty level, lower back risk, and area of focus. Many different routines are suggested, including some for pregnant women, women with access to gym equipment, and women who want to do some exercises while at their desk at work. Brungardt also includes information on related topics like eating, motivation, and wellness. Unfortunately, despite the author's best intentions, the guide suffers from awkward organization, which makes it hard to follow and use. For example, several ab exercises are described using only text early on, and readers have to turn to the back of the book to get complete illustrations. Still, the contents have value, and libraries with women's fitness collections will want to consider. [Although the publisher claims that this is the "first-ever ab workout book created exclusively for women," a search of Amazon. com finds James Villepigue's The Body Sculpting Bible for Abs: Women's Edition, published by Hatherleigh Press in January 2003.-Ed.]-Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812969474
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/13/2004
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 664,146
  • Product dimensions: 7.33 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

KURT BRUNGART is one of America’s top personal trainers and authors. He has written nine books, including The Complete Book of Abs, The Complete Book of Butt and Legs, and 3-Minute Abs. He is also the host and writer of the bestselling video Abs of Steel for Men.
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