Summary: Even after the 1st work-out my stomach felt tighter and my pants felt looser!!!
Comment: Don't be fooled by the name, this tape is not just about abs. If you are at the beginner to intermediate level it will work your entire body, especially your legs. Although I have also been lifting 5-8 pound dumbbells for my arm strength. However, all of the whole-body exercises target the midsection. I think this is great for someone like me who has an apple shaped body. Usually what ends up happening is my arms and legs get toned easily, but my stomach stays flabby. With this video, it ends up evening out! The results were immediate!
And, for the record, Tae-Bo has been the ONLY exercise tape system I have ever been able to stick with, and I have tried many! It's really fun and motivational. Plus, Billy Blanks really goes out of his way to make sure you understand how to do the moves most safely and effectively. He is in amazing shape, yet at no point does he ever come off as pretentious (to an out-of-shape beginner just starting Tae-Bo). He is the best instructor ever!!!
Summary: Great video for damaged abs & post baby
Comment: I am a huge fan of Billy. I have all his DVD's. I found myself with split ab muscles & a huge flabby belly after having 2 babies within 3 years. I was a size 2 frame with a 32" waist! I tried cardio workouts for 2 years without improvement. Doctors told me a tummy tuck was my only option for shape because my muscles were split. They told me to avoid ab exercises because I could get a hernia.
The video is divided into standing ab work & then floor work. About 2/3 is devoted to standing. I only did the standing work because I was afraid to do the floor work because of my muscles. The music is upbeat. Billy gives great instructions.
I did this video every day. I did 1/2 hr on the treadmill first then I did the standing portion of this video. I was shocked that this video made me sweat. I've never done an ab workout before that got me heated. Results= I lost 4" on my waist.
I disagree with prior reviews stating Billy uses bad form. I did notice some soreness initially in my back that improved as my muscles got stronger. You need to do it for awhile before giving up. As with any workout video or class you need to modify it to fit your level of fitness. I did not do the floor work on it & I still got great results. I also skipped a move where he flops his arms around like a helicopter because I did feel pulling on my back, but my husband did the move without any problems.
Summary: careful what you wish for
Comment: I've recently begun to climb back on the wagon and get myself into shape. A couple of months ago, I purchased a bowflex and have already seen dramatic results. This past week, I started running again in an effort to attack body-fat. At this point, I'm a far cry from those high school track and field days as my legs feel like a mixture of lead and brick as a plod through my neighborhood with my dog.
Getting something to target my abs seemed like the next logical progression, and although I have no doubts this DVD will do the trick, let me share my thoughts after just one work out so that perhaps you can be better prepared.
First, I would suggest this for those who have been doing some sort of cardio work for a while. At 35 minutes, you will not keep up if you're just setting out--even if you're in what you believe to be relatively good shape. Stamina is the key word here, and a slim or muscular physique doesn't always equate to it.
Second, I read a few reviews first before purchasing the DVD where they said Billy starts with some warm-ups and stretches. FALSE! He does not. You need to take 5-10 minutes to warm up before starting this routine, unless, of course, you're incorporating into a part of a larger routine where it's not the starting point.
Third, give yourself some space. I have a cramped 1 bedroom condo and was able to do the exercises without moving anything. An 8' x 8' area would be most suitable (think in terms of an office jail cell... er, cubicle).
Speaking of cramps, I could not complete several of these exercises because my abs severely cramped up. Not the cramp-type associated with drinking too much fluids/eating, but the actual involuntary muscle contraction that isn't very pleasant feeling. I associate this with some of the exercises I'm already doing with the Bowflex, but be forewarned.
Finally, I think the key to this exercise regime is balance. There is a lot of one-legged thrusting which will require most of your weight to be planted on one leg. This is another good reason why you will need to give yourself some room. I'm pretty coordinated and was an all-star athlete in several sports back in high school, but still found some of these exercises a bit awkward the first time around.
As with most exercise programs, technique is most important, so make sure you're stable (I suggest wearing shoes--I didn't the first time and found some of the stances difficult), warmed up and have stretched prior to starting. You may not make it through the first round if you're just starting out, but hang in there--that burning you'll be feeling in your mid-section is a good thing!
Comment: As a Tae Bo novice, I find this video to be outstanding. The moves are not complicated like on other videos; they are also varied, effective and specific to your abs. Plus, Billy Blanks is absolutely wonderful...he is encouraging, motivating, and not at all intimidating. Terrific video, outstanding workout!
Summary: Ab Bootcamp
Comment: This is an awesome workout. You will feel the results of the workout the next day. The length of the exercise set is just right, a little bit of cardio but full concentration on the abs.