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I Want Abs is a feature-length documentary about how fitness can lead to total life transformation.
I Want Abs is a feature-length documentary about how fitness can lead to total life transformation.
I Want Abs is a feature-length documentary about how fitness can lead to total life transformation.
224 backers pledged $17,019 to help bring this project to life.

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 I've always dreamed of having abs, a v-shaped torso, solid arms, muscular legs, wicked core strength, and hardcore stamina. After looking at countless before and after photos on the web, I became super curious to see if I too could achieve my fitness goals. I was also interested how getting in shape would affect my life as a whole. Would I feel happier? Would my self-esteem improve? Would it be easier to move through life in a fit body? Or would I simply become a narcissistic egotist?

Compelled by these questions and many others, I decided to make a documentary about my fitness journey. Using myself as a lab rat I picked a start date (March 6th, 2015) and began shooting I Want Abs.

© 2015 www.jaredcruce.com
© 2015 www.jaredcruce.com

Over the next four months, I was able to:

• Drop 16 pounds of excess weight & shed inches off my waist, thighs, hips, & neck

• Gain 11.5 pounds of healthy muscle

• Lose 13.5% body fat

• Substantially increase my stamina & core strength

• Form good eating & exercise habits

• Grow a hearty beard

© 2015 www.jaredcruce.com
© 2015 www.jaredcruce.com

In addition to the physical changes, my mood improved significantly while training. I’m generally a happy person, but once I implemented a consistent workout routine and tweaked my diet, I noticed a drastic positive shift in my attitude toward life and self-worth.

Along the way I learned some pretty cool things. Here are a few of my takeaways:

1.) Getting in shape is a simple formula. Good program design + consistency = results.

2.) A body is a very adaptive machine. After the initial conditioning phase, eating right and exercising regularly become second nature.

3.) It's just as important "when" you eat as "what" you eat.

4.) Investing in yourself ( i.e. getting healthy by means of diet & exercise) is the best investment you can make.

5.) Choosing healthy habits over unhealthy ones is an act of self-love.

I'm ready to share my abs!

For four months I documented everything. I'm sitting on over 100 hours of one-of-a-kind HD footage. I've captured great interviews, solid workout advice, food prep, and more. Now I want to share it with the world.

I believe that the program I designed for myself can help others get similar results. It focuses on safe functional fitness and mixes up different exercises so you don’t get bored of your workouts. It’s also extremely scalable and can be adapted for men and women of any age or skill level. With this film I want to share my story and inspire others to achieve their own fitness goals.

Offering high-value backer rewards is how I plan to finance this movie. Please find a detailed list of rewards on the right side of this page.

No pledge is too big or small. Everyone who helps fund this project will receive some form of credit in the movie! As an Kickstarter backer you will get to see this film before its official release date

This retreat will commence Memorial Day Weekend 2016
This retreat will commence Memorial Day Weekend 2016

I'm offering a private retreat for backers who pledge $2,500+

If you choose to invest in my movie at this level, you (+ a guest of your choosing) will be invited to spend 4 days / 3 nights with me and my crew in a beautiful mountain cabin in Oregon (see photo preview below). During this retreat I will show you a few of my favorite ab workouts, feed you the best organic food, make you fresh green smoothies, take you foraging, and introduce you to my film crew and trainers. I GUARANTEE you'll have fun, rest, and get healthier! In addition to the actual retreat, your contribution will get you listed as an executive producer in the credits of my film. If you would like to attend, choose the last reward in the reward section. You can also email me for more information about this retreat.

This will be our rustic cabin
This will be our rustic cabin
We'll eat our meals here / This could be your bedroom
We'll eat our meals here / This could be your bedroom
We'll have heart-felt talks here / We'll watch Hyatt lake instead of T.V.
We'll have heart-felt talks here / We'll watch Hyatt lake instead of T.V.
I'll show you my favorite core-strengthening exercises
I'll show you my favorite core-strengthening exercises
We'll cut up ripe fruit and greens and blend them into smoothies
We'll cut up ripe fruit and greens and blend them into smoothies
We'll forage for our meals and make big a** salads
We'll forage for our meals and make big a** salads
I'll even show you my top secret morel spot!
I'll even show you my top secret morel spot!

My name is Sergei. I'm an author and documentary filmmaker. With Kickstarter's help, I've already produced two documentaries: Powered By Green Smoothies and Common Weeds And Wild Edibles Of The World and a deck of Wild Edibles Cards. If you want to learn more about me, visit: www.SergeiBoutenko.com

Risks and challenges

As with any creative endeavor, risks and challenges will arise and will inevitably need to be addressed and circumnavigated. The fact that all the footage for this project has already been shot greatly minimizes any risks that may arise. I am confident that I will be able to navigate through any and all of the challenges and produce a high quality product.

I TAKE MY FILMMAKING CAREER VERY SERIOUSLY AND WILL BATTLE TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL MY PROMISES ARE KEPT AND ALL MY BACKERS ARE HAPPY!

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    I WANT ABS SMOOTHIE EBOOK -- For your contribution, you will receive an eBook filled with delicious, nutrient-packed smoothie recipes.

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    THE MOVIE -- For your contribution, you will receive a digital copy of the movie "I Want Abs."

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    THE MOVIE + EXTENDED EBOOKS -- For your contribution, you will receive a digital copy of the movie "I Want Abs" + two in-depth eBooks containing recipes and workout tips from I Want Abs.

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    3 KICKSTARTER-FUNDED MOVIES -- For your contribution, you will receive Sergei's three Kickstarter-funded documentaries "I Want Abs," "Common Weeds And Wild Edibles Of The World," and "Powered By Green Smoothies." All films will be delivered in digital format.

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    3 MOVIES + KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE FOOD PREP SHOW & Q&A -- For your contribution, you will receive a digital copy of the following movies: "I Want Abs," "Common Weeds And Wild Edibles Of The World," and "Powered By Green Smoothies."

    You will be invited to participate in a one-time-only, live-streaming cooking show hosted by Sergei Boutenko. This live event will be followed by a Q&A.

    As a bonus, you will also receive all the eBooks listed above!

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    MOUNTAIN RETREAT + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDITS -- For your contribution, you (and a guest of your choosing) will be invited to a private mountain retreat (4 days / 3 nights) in Oregon. This retreat will commence Memorial Day Weekend 2016.

    At this retreat you will live in a beautiful mountain cabin, eat delicious organic food, drink fresh green smoothies, go on hikes, meet the film crew and coaches from the movie, and engage in other fun activities with Sergei, including optional exercise tailored to your level of fitness.

    In addition to the retreat, you will also receive an executive producer credit at the beginning and end of I Want Abs.

    PLEASE NOTE: This package does not include airfare to Oregon. However, once you get here, everything will be taken care of for you.

    IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE ALL THE REWARDS LISTED ABOVE.

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