Fitness Book Review
Denise Austin's Tone Your Tummy Type
I (Sallie) purchased this book a couple of years ago when it first came out. Having had four children, I'm constantly on the look out for ways to tone and tighten my tummy and seriously, who wouldn't want abs like Denise Austin's?
At the beginning of the book you take a short quiz to find out which tummy type you are: Apple, Metabolically Challenged, Peri/Postmenopause Type, Stressed Slender Type, or After Baby Type. There is also a short chapter dedicated soley to men. She goes through several myths about trimming belly fat and why abdominal fat is more dangerous than other types of fat.
Once you determine what type you are there are specific chapters dedicated to your tummy type. Each chapter gives a small description of your tummy type with special tips for your type, specific moves, and a tummy- slimming snack.
She then moves on to her Core Moves Fitness plan which includes a 10 minute core complete routine, 20 minute core cardio blast and 1 minute easy fidgetsizers. The idea is to do the 10 minute core routine twice a week, 20 minutes of cardio 5 times a week, and 10 1 minute fidgetsizers 7 days a week. She includes detailed pictures and explanations of each move in the routines. The only equipment required is a large exercise ball and some dumbbells.
Once you have completed the two week jump start you progress to phase 2. Similar to phase one except you switch to a new 25 minute cardio workout and an advanced 10 minute Core Complete workout.
Along with the exercise program she includes her special tummy trimming diet plan complete with recipes, calories, menus and shopping lists. This eating plan focuses on the basics. Lean meats, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fat free dairy products. Most of the recipes are fairly simple but you'll have a pretty long shopping list to stock your kitchen. You'll start off eating about 1200-1300 calories and move up to 1500 after two weeks.
She concludes with a chapter on how to maintain your results.
The verdict: Right away I knew the diet was out of the question. I usually work out 5-6 days a week for at least an hour and knew that 1300 calories would not be enough food for me. Most people require more than 1300 calories a day. If this is the case, you could incorporate some of the recipes into your daily menu and just add extra (healthy) calories to reach your daily calorie requirement.
The cardio routines are simple and fun, but it's kind of a pain looking at the book for each new move. A dvd would be much more convenient.
I LOVE the 10 minute Core Workouts. In fact, my husband and I did them together nightly for about two years. After having my fourth baby, I noticed my lower back ached pretty much all the time. After about 1 month of this program it went away and as long as I was consistent, my back pain was completely gone. My stomach got noticeably stronger and more toned. Plus, 10 extra minutes a day isn't much to ask. To me, the price of the book was worth it for just the 10 minute routines and I would recommend them to anyone looking to strengthen their core.
You can purchase this book at Amazon.com or a variety of other stores.
The Fit Mamas