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Excellent variety for more than just your abs
on July 31, 2007
I picked this up in part because I wanted to take a look at the ten minute cardio segment, and in part because the instructor was featured in the Lotte Berk releases, and I wanted to see if she brought any of that here. Having done some of it, I think it's a great, varied program that can fit into a lot of people's schedules and, as a bonus, will work more than just your abs.
The first section doesn't include one single crunch but still has an athletic feel. This features pushups, front planks, forearm planks and side planks, with lifts for the hips (for side planks) or limbs (front planks). Of all of the sections, this was the one that felt the most Lotte Berk to me as she threw in some reminders about tucking the hips and pushing the weight back. I really liked this section, but then I like anything that doesn't require crunches. Seriously, I felt this entire segment through my back, arms and buttock as well as my abs.
The second section featured Pilates movements. I'm pretty sure that the instructor isn't a certified Pilates instructor, but she stuck to enough of the fundamentals to be respectable. This section included the Hundred, some of the Stomach Series, Roll Ups and a modified Teaser. Bonus: she also included some work for the back, noting that Pilates was not all about the abs.
The third section was the cardio segment I'd been curious about. On preview, she doesn't look like she's moving fast, and she does break several times to instruct, but it still gets the heart rate up. It felt like a hybrid of standing ab work and kick boxing, with an emphasis, obviously, on kicks and knee lifts. Here, too, she also included instructions for the tuck familiar to Lotte Berk practitioners.
The next section was pretty much classic, straight up, gym-style crunches. As I've said, these are my least favorite way of training my abs, but if that's what you're about, she packs most of the traditional variations in here: classic crunches, side crunches, crunches with one knee up, double crunches, etc.
The last section is a mix of the first and the fourth, with some of the planks and crunch variations. This would be a great way to get in some traditional as well as functional training for the abs.
Whatever your preference for training, this dvd should give you some enjoyable options.