The following is adapted from Diamond-Cut Abs: How to Engineer the Ultimate Six-Pack by Danny Kavadlo, available from Dragon Door Publications
Look anywhere in popular culture, and chances are you’ll find images of attractive, enticing abs. Whether it’s in the form of billboards, advertisements or music videos, abs are everywhere.
There’s also a huge amount of abs-related workout programs, equipment, apps and DVDs. Even within the bodyweight strength training community, where we focus on full-body unity and shy away from isolation, I get more questions specifically about abs than just about anything else… pull-ups, push-ups, even human flag!
This is a good thing. Visualizing goals is a spectacular way to motivate. Abs, being ever-present, can provide a wonderful incentive to step up your game. Additionally, many of the necessary components required for engineering the ultimate six-pack (such as deep core strength, eating clean and maintaining low body fat) provide a tremendous carry-over into bodyweight training, as well as overall health.
But there are downsides as well.
Perhaps the popularity of abdominal training in the mainstream world has caused a backlash of sorts within the fitness community. Abs training is sometimes decried as “non-functional”. I have personally heard both trainers and fitness enthusiasts whom I respect berate the notion of training specifically for abs.
This confuses me.
Why put down anything that makes people thoughtful about nutrition and happier with themselves? And the truth is that abdominal training is functional: you use your abs literally every time you stand, bend or twist. Embrace it!
Diamond-Cut Abs is the real deal. It’s exactly what you’ve been asking for—specific exercises, nutrition and programming. It details how I train and what I eat. You will get my philosophy, my guidance and my cultural musings. This book contains everything I have to say about sculpting and maintaining amazing, defined and beautiful abs. It’s a necessary addition to anyone’s collection.
I pored over every detail to provide as much useful information as I could, but it’s on you to do the work. I’ll give you the tools, but you do have to do everything. This book does not guarantee a six-pack; nothing does. You gotta earn it. That’s the empowering part!
No equipment is needed to get your abs (or the rest of your body) into the best shape of your life. All you need is you! Go get it!
Here’s what the experts are saying about Diamond-Cut Abs
Diamond-Cut Abs is the best book on ab-training ever written.
– Paul Wade, Author of Convict Conditioning
Danny has done it again! Diamond-Cut Abs is a no-nonsense, results driven approach that delivers all the goods on abs.
– Robb Wolf, Author of The Paleo Solution
Diamond-Cut Abs outlines pretty much everything you’d ever need to know about building the best midsection your genetic potential allows for and without the need for any equipment. Keep up the great work, Danny!
– BJ Gaddour, Author of Men’s Health Your Body is Your Barbell
If you want the abs of your dreams, stop looking for the quick solution everyone claims to have and get ready to learn how to maximize your efforts towards your very own set of Diamond-Cut Abs.
– Mike Fitch, Creator of Global Bodyweight Training and Animal Flow
Danny Kavadlo is one of the world’s foremost authorities on calisthenics, nutrition and personal training. He’s known for his minimalist philosophy, simple approach and motivational talents. A true in-person experience, Danny has been called “The Mensch Of Abs”, “The Gonzo OG” and “Personal Training Godzilla”.
Mr. Kavadlo is the author of Diamond-Cut Abs and Everybody Needs Training. He is a Lead Instructor for Dragon Door’s Progressive Calisthenics Certification. Danny has been featured in the NY Times, TRAIN, Men’s Fitness and is a regular contributor to Bodybuilding.com.
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