Book Review. David Kirsch’s Abs & Arms

April 30, 2010 • Lifestyle

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As a new mom with a ravaged body (mostly my fault for eating burgers, cupcakes and pizza for nine months), I am veraciously reading everything on exercise and diet I can get my hands on. So when I learned trainer to the stars David Kirsch was releasing a new book called "David Kirsch’s Abs & Arms" I had to read a preview copy! Come on…swimsuit season is mere weeks away! So the release of this book tomorrow (May 1) is right on the money! Besides, what do women care most about? Abs and arms!

For the past twenty years, David has shaped some of the most beautiful “abs and arms” in Hollywood – including Heidi Klum, Faith Hill, Sophie Dahl, Bridget Hall, Ellen Barkin, James King, Liv Tyler, Kerry Washington, Anne Hathaway, Karolina Kurkova and Linda Evangelista to name a few. With a client list like this, who am I to question? I have to get to work on my bye-bye arms!
With a new series of books targeted at specific body parts, Kirsch is making his signature techniques and moves available for everyone motivated enough to lunge, squat and crunch their way to a healthy, toned and fit physique.
“There’s no reason we all shouldn’t be red carpet ready with trim waists, flat abs and Michelle Obama’s arms,” says Kirsch. “And any guy who wants a six-pack in time for the summer should know exactly how to get it on.”
In ABS AND ARMS, Kirsch takes on popular exercise myths such as “Spot reduction is impossible,” “My muscle’s going to turn to fat,” and “My arms are going to bulk up, right?” with clear-cut answers and solutions.
Abs and Arms walks readers through a simple, do-anywhere series of exercises designed to sculpt and tone arms and abs to bikini-and-tanktop-ready shape. Master the perfect sit-up and pushup and then move on from there: you can do these moves at your, desk, in your home, or even when you’re on the road. The equipment needed is minimal (hand weights, medicine ball) and the diagrams are very easy to follow and understand. Heck, use soup cans or a bottle of Evian if you don't want to buy a set of weights!
I also appreciated the simple plan for eating (high on protein, low on carbs…white bread is the devil). The gentle reminders to get cookies out of your house was useful as well. Now you really don't have an excuse. Neither do I.

Abs & Arms $12.95 is available May 1st at

– Lauren Dimet Waters

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