The Stubborn Fat Solution
By David Grisaffi, CHEK
Corrective Exercise Kinesiologist
Golf Biomechanic Certified
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About David Grisaffi
David Grisaffi has been a sports enthusiast his entire life. His
love for sports led him into a career in sports conditioning and
fitness training. David majored in physical education and holds
multiple certifications including three from the prestigious
CHEK Institute: Level II High Performance Exercise
Kinesiologist, Golf Biomechanic, and Health and Lifestyle
Counselor. He is also certified with the International Sports
Sciences Association as a personal trainer and specialist in
David was a high school wrestling and baseball coach and is
currently an independent trainer and strength coach. He has
been sought after by some of the top athletes in professional
sports including world champion boxer Greg Haugen and
professional golfer Michael Putnam.
David’s ebook, Firm And Flatten Your Abs is an online bestseller
that teaches you how to lose body fat, develop six-pack abs
while improving strength, function, and athletic power. You can
contact David or learn more about his programs at
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Firm and Flatten Your Abs
by David Grisaffi
Ebook Review by Tom Venuto
Abs! Abdominals! Your six-pack! The core muscles! No
matter what you call them, everybody wants them. Whether
you’re training for sports, bodybuilding, or just to look good
on the beach; whether you are male or female, young or old,
it doesn’t matter. There’s not a single person who doesn’t
want a lean, tight, fat free set of abs.
The trouble is, getting great abs is not easy. Most people will
waste years of effort and hundreds or even thousands of
dollars on all the latest infomercial gadgets and diet
gimmicks, trying in vain to obtain that ever elusive lean,
muscular six-pack stomach, with nothing to show for their efforts.
If you want to save time and money, separate hype from truth, and bypass years of trial
and error, then you must educate yourself in two critical areas: (1) abdominal exercise,
and (2) fat burning nutrition. You can’t get great abs without both! That’s where David
Grisaffi’s new ebook, Firm and Flatten Your Abs (second edition), comes in.
Firm and Flatten Your Abs goes beyond conventional crunch routines, and there’s not a
single sit-up in the entire book. Much of the program is based on developing a strong,
powerful, injury-proof core.
The core refers not just to the abdominal muscles, but your entire trunk musculature,
including deep muscles you can’t see (like the Transversus Abdominis, or TVA).
Why should you care about muscles you can’t even see? That’s a question I would have
asked many years ago in my early competitive bodybuilding days when all I cared about
was looking good on stage and having ripped six-pack abs, but now I’ve learned better.
The answer is, among many other reasons, to stabilize the spine and eliminate lower
back pain, which 80% of us will suffer from at some time in our lives.
If you’re an athlete—recreational or competitive—core strength means better
performance on the playing field. If you’re not an athlete, greater core strength means
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more efficient and safer performance of regular, day to day activities. If you know
anyone who blew out their back lifting boxes or simply doing work around the house,
you know what I’m talking about.
I’ve had a copy of the first edition of Firm and Flatten Your Abs for a long time and was
impressed with the variety and uniqueness of the exercises. However, this second edition
really blew me away. The second edition has been completely revised, edited, and tripled
in size from 60 to 180 pages. In fact, when I told David how much I enjoyed the new
edition of his ebook, he asked me if I would write the foreword and I gladly agreed!
The exercise descriptions and ab workout routines are definitely the strong point of the
book, and they have not changed at all from the first edition with the exception of new
exercises being added into the mix. (Why change something that already works so well?)
You may be wondering exactly what’s in the book, so here’s a sneak
The foreword, written by me (Tom Venuto), explains the difference between training for
“form” (looks) and training for “function” (strength and performance) and how it’s
possible to train for both—a revelation of extreme importance for the bodybuilder, the
athlete, and weekend warrior alike. This sets the stage nicely for the rest of the book.
The first chapter is a short introduction and welcome message from the author, David
The second chapter is called “15 Abdominal Myths.” On David’s website,
www.FlattenYourAbs.net, he says, “This problem (misinformation) is so bad today,
that my job of educating people has become like digging a trench in the sand with a
sewing needle. Before I can even begin to teach the truth about getting muscular abs and
losing fat, I have to un-teach all the lies, myths, and rumors.” That is exactly what David
does in chapter two.
The third chapter is anatomy and physiology of the core. This chapter might seem a
little dry to some people, but if you’ve never heard of the tranvsversus abdominis,
multifidus, or psoas muscles, then this is essential reading.
The fourth chapter explains how to set up the perfect abdominal and core conditioning
routine. Sets, reps, tempo, rest intervals, and everything else you need to know to put
together a workout program that works is all there.
The fifth chapter is the real heart of the program: the seven levels of core and ab
workout routines. It’s not just the fact that you’re given seven routines instead of just one
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that makes this chapter so valuable, it’s that each routine increases in difficulty step by
step to accommodate increasing levels of fitness.
The sixth chapter continues in the heart of the program with descriptions and
photographs of more than 50 abdominal and core conditioning exercises. I can guarantee
you that, unless you are a veteran exerciser or fitness professional, you have never seen
the majority of these exercises before. If you are bored with crunches, sit-ups and leg
raises, you are going to love this!
The seventh chapter is called, “Top 15 Nutrition Secrets to Flatten Your Abs.” People
who already have my Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle ebook will no doubt be familiar
with most of the principles in chapter 7. However, a brief tutorial on fat burning nutrition
is an absolute must in any good book about getting six-pack abs. Because, as the saying
goes, “abs are made in the kitchen, not just in the gym.”
The eighth chapter, “Ask David: Q & A,” is a real gem. This is the part of the book that
has been expanded the most since the first edition. David gets thousands of questions by
email every month, and he has take the most frequently asked questions and compiled
them right here in chapter eight.
The ninth and final chapter is a brief resource directory of recommended products and
services. This includes online personal training, ebooks, audio CDs, and equipment.
So now you know what’s in the ebook, but you also may be wondering about the
exercises and whether you need any special equipment to do them. Good question, since
not everyone wants to train in a health club. Many of David’s exercises can be done with
just your body weight. Others require a stability ball (Swiss ball), and a handful can be
done with a cable apparatus you’d find in any gym. This means you can train at home or
in a gym, whichever you prefer.
So who will benefit from this ebook? Well, just about anybody. The information applies
to you if you are overweight’ if you suffer from lower back pain; if you are recovering
from C-section, hernia, or abdominal surgery; if you’re pregnant or post-pregnancy; if
you’re an athlete; or even if you’re a bodybuilder like me.
The principles in David’s ebook are scientifically tested and proven. A graduate of the
prestigious Chek Institute with a total of six certifications, David has the credentials and
has conducted the research to back up his claims. He spends every day in the trenches,
practicing what he preaches as a personal trainer and strength coach for clients as diverse
as housewives to professional boxers and golfers.
In summary, Firm and Flatten Your Abs is a groundbreaking ebook because it is about
form and function, not just form. Stated differently, David’s program will help you
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develop abs that are every bit as strong and functional as they look. Why settle for a lean,
attractive, and sexy waistline when you can have that as well as the strength, stamina,
and injury-proof stability of a professional boxer, Greco-Roman wrestler, or a world
That is what separates David’s program from the hundreds of other abdominal and core
training books, DVDs and classes that clutter the fitness marketplace today.
To order or get more information, click:
David Grisaffi, CHEK II, CFT, PN
Corrective Exercise Kinesiologist II
Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach II