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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.Read more ›
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.
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
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 though....how can you smile so big while your abs are BURNING!!! haha
The workout begins with a warm-up that includes standing ab work with a dumbbell. Standing work is my least favorite approach to abs, but I thoroughly enjoy this routine.
The second series is stability ball with a variety of standing and floor exercises. I especially like the reverse crunches with the ball held between your legs. I can really feel it working my lower abs.
Both the warm-up and the stability ball sections include some lunges. Lunges usually bother my knees, but I haven't had any trouble with these sections, maybe because they are moderately-paced or held, stationary lunges.
The next series is pilates. I'm not a pilates expert but I love that the exercises here are a bit different such as leg circles with both legs. I find this version easier to do effectively and can really feel it in my abs, much more so than the usual single leg circles. I love that the bicycle twist is done slowly and held to a count of four. For an ab lover like myself this is candy... but it's also a more effective way to do this exercise.
The last series of exercises is yoga-based. It includes plank and side plank work, an interesting combo of boat with toe taps, and some cobra and locust inspired back work. There's one delicious side stretch with your legs tucked to one side where you raise one arm and slowly bring it down and thread it through your supporting arm that I just love. It's simple, feel-good elements like this that, for me, make the workout fly by.
I used to skip the cool down but have since realized that it's so short there's no reason to not do it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good video and I really like the setting and the instructor. Keep in mind-you need a stability ball for one of the segments (wish I would've known that before purchasing).Published 16 months ago by jam
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 morePublished on July 5, 2014 by SERIOUSLY 8)
I love the Self line of DVD workouts. Violet Zaki in particular is an outstanding instructor. The workouts are challenging and extremely effective. Read morePublished on May 3, 2014 by Kim B.
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 on January 23, 2014 by Mia McCray
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 on July 6, 2013 by Mrs. J
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 on May 3, 2013 by Sunny
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 morePublished on August 17, 2011 by Kaitlyn Body
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 morePublished on April 6, 2011 by jessica n. ray
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