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Self - Firm Flat Abs Fast (2005)

Violet Zaki  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Violet Zaki
  • Format: Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007TV63Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

SELF, the premier magazine devoted to women’s health and well-being, delivers a workout designed to make you look and feel strong, confident and sexy. With these fun, easy-to-follow moves, you will get the abs you’ve always wanted in as few as four weeks, regardless of your current fitness level. This expertly designed routine will motivate you to reach all your fitness goals-fast! Best of all, SELF magazine’s Firm, Flat Abs Fast! workout is an innovative combination of yoga, Pilates and standing abdominal and stability ball exercises and will help you create a lean, strong, sexy middle that you’ll want to show off all year long.

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92 of 92 people found the following review helpful
Self: Firm Flat Abs Fast! is a sculpting workout that is just shy of 30 minutes in length. On the DVD there is also a bonus cardio workout--at 5 minutes it's really only suitable as a warm-up. You'll need one 3 to 8 pound dumbbell and a stability ball.

This workout is broken up into four chapters, which can be done independently of one another. The first chapter is just classic crunches--very familiar to just about everyone. The second chapter incorporates the stability ball. The first few moves of this chapter aren't for exercisers with low ceilings, but they should be easy to modify. The third chapter is Pilates-inspired ab work. The fourth chapter includes some very graceful yoga-inspired moves. There is also a short cool-down segment at the end. None of the moves in this workout are mindblowingly new or different--they're all good solid well-tested moves packaged into one workout.

Violet Zaki, the instructor, discusses the workout before the warmup (you can fast-forward through that) and then at the end she has a rather long section discussing proper form and diet and how both contribute to better fitness. The diet advice is pretty common sense stuff, but it never hurts to hear it one more time.

The setting is absolutely gorgeous. The workout filmed on the beach at a resort near Puerto Vallarta. You can hear the waves crashing on the beach in the background, which is very calming. As an instructor, Violet is very motivating. She cues well and keeps the patter (and the whooping) to a bare minimum. There are two backup exercisers, one of which is modifying. They are very "normal" looking--trim and fit without being overly lean. Violet looks strong and healthy.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners only November 4, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I go to abs classes frequently and wanted to get this DVD to help mix up my routine and give me something to do if I didn't want to leave the house. I was a little disappointed in this DVD. I love Self Magazine and their workouts and the amazon reviews made it seem very promising. The routines are broken down into four separate workouts. The only one that involved any effort on my part was the Pilates-inspired section. As for the rest, the other sections would have you do too few reps, I felt, to get your muscles warmed up, let alone reshape them. I think this DVD is great for beginners. Its simple enough to follow and it won't scare you away too soon. But if you're like me and you workout on a regular basis and just want a new routine, this probably isn't the abs workout for you.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Advanced Routine October 2, 2005
Self has created a strong sexy progressive workout to take you through a variety of exercises that will quickly tone your abs. The stability ball is not essential if you adapt those exercises with an exercise ring or just skip leaning on the ball and do the exercises on the floor. A set of weights and a mat are needed to complete the exercises.

Stretching is interspersed throughout the workout and it gives you a much needed rest between the more intense exercises. The exercises are taught well and then the instructor quickly raises the intensity. The addition of weights and raising the arms takes this workout to an intermediate to advanced routine.

Strong graceful moves make each exercise super efficient. The variety keeps your interest and there are creative adaptations for familiar exercises. Advice is given on how to stabilize your neck and the warm-up helps you to ease into the movements.


Warming Up
Stability Ball
Pilates Abs
Yoga Abs

I think they could have made this much more adaptable because they have three women working out and there are few modifications for beginners. This is mostly an intermediate to advanced workout with an emphasis on Yoga stretching and Pilates conditioning.

I felt like I was only working out for about 15 minutes, so this seems to go fast and the creativity kept my attention. The wonderful beach setting is relaxing and healing.

If you are at the advanced level, you may think this is 5 stars for the balance challenges.

~The Rebecca Review
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST Ab DVD workout EVER!!! July 9, 2005
This is by far the best ab workout DVD I have found. I especiall love the "pilates" abs section. The moves really work your abdominal muscles, but are still easy enough for an intermediate person like myself. I found it challenging, but not overwhelming.

I have definitely seen results in my "love handles" and upper abs! I do this DVD 3-4 times a week, and it goes by SO fast!

Awesome abs workout!

P.S. The girls do seem to smile a bit much can you smile so big while your abs are BURNING!!! haha
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great abs workout! March 27, 2006
By Jen
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a great abs workout. The moves are a bit challenging at first, but eventually they become easy to complete. The exercises work all of your abs muscles, including lower abs and obliques. There are moves from yoga and pilates included.

The DVD also includes a mini cardio workout (mostly marching in place, jumping jacks, etc.) you can do in addition to the abs workout. The instructor is great, very encouraging (but not in an annoying Denise Austin way), and the other 2 "workout models" (not sure what they're called...) are of average size, not overly muscular, which is also nice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrapped and sealed when it arrived! Short video with ...
Wrapped and sealed when it arrived! Short video with a few different challenging techniques! The first video that has helped strengthen my stomach muscles! Read more
Published 3 months ago by SERIOUSLY 8)
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic workouts!
I love the Self line of DVD workouts. Violet Zaki in particular is an outstanding instructor. The workouts are challenging and extremely effective. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kim B.
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
This dvd is a great workout; not too strenuous and I have tried to find this dvd for quite some time because I misplaced the one I had.
Published 8 months ago by Mia McCray
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Workout
It's a great workout. I am not happy about all of the changes and all the equipment needed but it does give you a great workout.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. J
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
I love all of the Self magazines fitness DVDs. They are perfect for every fitness requirement I have and I love the three women hosts.
Published 17 months ago by J. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful dvd to TONE your abs!!!
My sister had purchased this dvd and then ended up giving it to me. I'm not a huge fan of workout dvds cause they either go too fast for me to catch onto the routine or the... Read more
Published on August 17, 2011 by Kaitlyn Body
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quick workout
I really enjoy this video. I tried it first on Netflix to see if I would want to own it. I usually get pretty bored with work outs but this one is really helpful and engaging. Read more
Published on April 6, 2011 by jessica n. ray
2.0 out of 5 stars average
This is a good video for ab workout basics. Not great if you aren't a beginner. It requires a lot of equipment, too.
Published on July 30, 2010 by lala
3.0 out of 5 stars like instructor but not a keeper
I put myself at an intermediate level of fitness. I have always liked this instructor a lot but I feel that her workouts are geared more towards beginners. Read more
Published on July 8, 2009 by Feles31
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ab Workout for Your Obliques
This DVD workout is app. 28 minutes long including warm-up, 4 toning sections & cool-down. There is an introduction at the beginning as well as a fairly lengthy postlude about... Read more
Published on April 24, 2009 by Silmarwen
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