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Floor Workout is something FIERCE!
on October 13, 2010
Jackie's Xtreme Abs is one tough, efficient workout! It will definately be incorporated into my weekly workouts. It is one of the best ab workouts I have done. The standing ab routine was a pleasant surprise. Usually, for standing abs, there is one move that I just can't stand (arms up to one side diagonal, repeater knees). Thankfully, Jackie only had this move in the warm up =) There were exercises that were new to me, which I appreciated.
The floor routine is a killer. Wow! I was struggling with this one, today...I am quite sore. This routine will be one that I keep in my weekly rotation. There are some movements that Madison (background talent) struggled with. Plus there is a funny moment where Jackie is talking about how much she loves the moves & she could do them all day....she was doing the move incorrectly. Those were just things that caught my attention. Just wanted to mention them because they were very obvious, and could be confusing because the form is off. Crunchless is a stretch for this, several of the exercises are modified crunches.
Jackie does explain proper form well, and reminds you the proper time to exhale. There is a modifier, Jericho, whose form is on target throughout. You will need a set of weights, and a mat. If you are modifying, you won't use weights. The floor workout has more drastic modifications, so I included what the modification were. In the standing workout, the modifier doesn't use weights. You work your core, abs, obliques, quads, arms.....great multi-functional workout.
There are two workouts, each around 16 minutes. You can choose to "play all". I did my best to break the workouts down. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I will do my best to answer them =)
-Standing Cruchless Xtreme Abs
-Floor Crunchless Xtreme Xtreme Abs
The Standing Workout
Warm-up (a little over 6 minutes)
*Alternating Knee Taps - Hands behind head, lift knee up - gently tap foot down.
*Grab one weight. Raise arms overhead - lift one leg up and reach arms out toward shin, alternate legs.
*Raise arms up (still holding one weight) to diagonal, repeater knees- bring knee up while crunching down toward knee line, or to outer knee line. Switch to opposite side.
*Pick up other weight. Squat down and punch it out - opposite arm to opposite foot, really twist trying to reach pinky toe.
*Put one weight down. Lunge position with weight out in front of you. Twist to side, eyes following weight while rotating. Switch legs.
Straight Press with Alternating Leg Raise - press toward foot (instead of shin as in warm-up)
Split Lunge Flex - Raise arms, bend elbows & gently rest weight on head. Round back, and contract down - elbows to knee. Repeat, lunge opposite leg in front. At this point I am working up a good sweat!
Core rotation - Wide stance, both arms holding one weight. Starting with weight on side of mid-thigh, rotate core while raising weight up to opposite diagonal, then rotate back down. Repeat reps on opposite side.
Side Bend into Military press - Hand behind head, holding weight with opposite hand. Bend to down to side so weight goes right below knee, then push weight upward into a military. Repeat reps on opposite side.
Squat Swing - similar to kettlebell swing, just using one weight.
Torso Twists - Still holding one weight,wide stance, keep arms close to side with elbows bent at 90 degree angle. Round back a little while twisting side to side - contract as you go.
Figure 8's - Keep lower body stable, hold weight out and make a wide figure eight.
Tap & Push - Tap right leg, back behind left leg, to left side while pushing (both arms holding Repeat reps on opposite side.
Quick Cooldown - Reach up and stretch to each side. Wide stance, bend down & drop head towards floor. Stretch to right leg & left leg.
THE FLOOR WORKOUT
* Kneel on Mat, reach up alternating arms
* Torso Twist keeping hips stable
Elbow to Knee - Lay down on back, put hands behind your head & squeeze weight between knees. Drop both knees to left side. Bring in knees while twisting (crunching) right elbow to knee.
Swimmers - stabilize back by putting hands under lower back, paddle legs straight up & down.
Side Plank - on elbow, bring knee up while reaching elbow to knee. Repeat reps on opposite side. Modifiers, bottom knee down for side plank.
Plank Twists - In elbow plank position, twist & drop hips on each side. Modifiers, plank on knees.
Quick Stretch in Childs Pose - definately needed!!
V-Toe Touch - Sit up with legs, slightly bent, in front of you then lean back. Lift leg towards chest while rounding your back as you come forward reaching towards each toe. (alternating legs) Modifiers, legs bent, feet on floor. Alternate straightening leg while reach toward toes.
Swimmers with Arms - Grab weights. Lay on back and bring knees up to 90 degrees. Bring shoulder blades off the ground. One arm up near ear, while opposite arm is down next to side. Alternating Arms. Modifiers, shoulder blades stay on ground.
Burpees - plank position, then get into wide stance. Jump legs in, jump out - keep legs in wide stance.
Modifiers - Plank position. Walk one leg in, walk other leg in & walk leg out, other leg out.
Bridge with leg lift - Bridge position, bring one leg out (keep it straight as you can) & lift it up while reaching opposite arm towards leg (reach for your toes). Repeat reps on opposite side. Modifiers don't lift into bridge.
Leg Circles - Stabilize back. Legs straight up in air & circle legs clockwise (legs bent 90 degrees if modifying). Then circle counter clockwise.
Plank with Alternating Leg Lifts - Modifiers perform in elbow plank
Plank with Jumping Jacks - Stay in plank while legs are doing jumping jacks. Modifiers on elbows. Walk legs in, then walk legs out.
Supermans - Laying on stomach, bring arms & legs up and out. Release, bring arm and legs down & together.
Quick Cool Down - Cobra Pose, Child's Pose - Stretch to each side
I gave this five stars because the floor routine was so intense. The standing routine is a bit easier, which is nice for off days. If you are wanting to get you abs & core in amazing shape, I highly recommend this!!