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Trainer's Edge - Killer Abs and Back with Michael Olajide

4.6 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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The Trainer’s Edge Video Series was designed to bring the benefits of one-on-one training with the masters of the fitness industry into anyone’s home. These talented and experienced trainers work with celebrity clients, professional sports athletes and other trainers to guide them to achieve weight loss, a tone body and overall optimal fitness. They are the trend setters and the source of what is new and innovative in fitness today. Michael Olajide designed this 40 minute program to work your body’s core, the abs and back. The core is the center of your body’s strength and by strengthening the core muscles you strengthen and tone the entire body. The program was developed through Michael’s years of boxing training and uses twisting, punching, jumping and floor work with the body’s natural resistance to achieve maximum results. Former Middleweight boxer Michael Olajide was a highly respected championship boxer whose fights were televised internationally. In 1991, Michael retired from the ring and created truly innovative and endlessly challenging fitness programs which he teaches worldwide.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Olajide
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000127Z9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Reviewer Dr. Beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Killer Abs and Back is a program which focuses on strengthening the core area of the body, namely your abdominals and back. Instructor Michael Olajide begins with a few minutes of some simple stretches (these days, it is usually considered a no-no to stretch the muscles without first warming them up). The cardio warm-up comes next, which consists of several minutes of high-impact moves wuch as jogs, knee-ups, and jumping jacks; I found myself modifying with marches here. Michael then moves into the core cardio work, which was thankfully low-impact. The moves are deceptively easy-looking: there are a lot of kickboxing-type moves such as twists, knee lifts, and punches, but they are performed at such a fast past as to make them quite challenging. Furthermore, Michael adds light dumbbells to some of the twists, which further increases the difficulty level; I found myself doing some of the moves at a slower pace rather than trying to keep up with Michael's double and triple time. At one point, a body bar is used for balance, but you could easily go without. This section of the standing work was about 18 minutes long, and the time went by very quickly. To finish off the cardio, there is a short (4 minutes) but intense jumprope segment. I did this section without the rope, but I still really felt it, especially because you're again doing high-impact moves. Before moving to the floor, I liked that Michael took just a few minutes to allow the heart rate to slowly lower back to normal.

In the 13-minute floor segment, Michael continues to combine traditional exercises with more unique moves. He begins with some basic crunches but does several variations with a high number of repetitions (usually 32, but he sometimes cheats and adds extra!).
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By A Customer on March 21, 2004
Format: DVD
This is a nice ab workout. The workout is about 40 minutes. It is nicely chaptered. The workout contains both standing and floor ab routines. The standing work consists mainly of trunk rotations, knee lifts, & boxing manuevers (punching down, punching straight, hooks, upper cuts, wide punches, punching combos, etc.). A short (5 1/2 minutes) jump rope segment follows the standing ab section. After the jump rope segment, you do floor ab work (approx. 13 minutes). A short stretch follows. A bonus glute routine is also included on the DVD.This was a nice change of pace. I found the standing ab work very effective. Michael also adds a new twist to floor work. It's a great buy!
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When I bought this, I wanted something specifically designed to stregthen my abs (as a wannabe dancer, this is the most important muscle group to keep strong) and I wanted slightly different moves that the traditional cruches you see in so many DVDs.

The DVDs greatest strength is in the first half, when powerful, quick moves tone my "core" in a way that traditional crunches can't. While crunches and isometric exercises will definitely get me strong, adding quick, powerful boxing-based moves add necessary variety to my workout. The combination of cardio and strenth based manuevers are fun and can be very intense!

The second half is somewhat more traditional, yet I learned some new moves I had never seen before.

Another strenght is the length of the DVD. 40 minutes is enough time to achieve a burn, but not so much time that I need to carve out an incredible chunk of time to do it. The DVD has achieved longevity in my collection; after a couple of years I still like to do it once a week or so along with my other workouts.

Simply put, this workout is practical. It may not be as innovative as other creative workouts, but it achieves what it sets out to do with a bit of creativity. The cueing may be off in some parts due to the fact that the audio is added to the DVD in post-production (come on! you should know that!) which isn't the instructor's fault. It's really easy to make up for on your own if you can count to 8 with relative ease.

I definitely reccomend this video if you need a solid, challenging workout for your abs that is different from just doing a set of crunches and works out your abs in a variety of ways.
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I love boxing and wanted to add some boxing DVDs to my collection so I don't have to go to class all the time. I don't have a heavy bag at home, so I wanted something that didn't require a lot of space and equipment (speed bag, heavy bag, etc.). So far I've been doing 10 Minute Solution Kickboxing with weighted gloves which has been great.

I bought this DVD and a Guillermo Gomez one about a week or so ago and they arrived yesterday. I was surprised to see Alicia Marie as one of the girls demonstrating the exercises! She is one of my favorite fitness models and it was awesome to see her in this DVD. The workout is exactly what I was looking for and a pretty traditional boxing workout - lots of punching, jumping rope, and ab work. The punching combos were simple, which is great for me because I am choreographically challenged. The counting is a little lax, but I didn't care because in boxing you don't really count anyway - you go by 3 minute rounds and you just go-go-go during that time. You don't count, nor do you have the breath to do it. ;P

Equipment used:
Hand weights
Body bar (something I've never seen before - it's a black pipe that looks about 2" in diameter and about 4' tall)
Exercise mat
Jump rope

You could manage without this equipment if you had to. For hand weights, you can use filled water bottles, or wear weighted gloves. For the body bar, get a rigid, sturdy 4' pipe at the hardware store. You can use a towel instead of an exercise mat, or nothing at all. For the jump rope, just move your forearms and hands like you're using a jump rope (plus, you can wear hand weights for more resistance).

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