We Try It: Billy Blanks PT 24/7 Workout DVD System

billy blanks PT 24/7Oh, Billy. I can always count on you for a kicking, punching and knee-slammin’ good time. And I choose the word “count” purposely because dang, you like to count! Your new Billy Blanks PT 24/7 system is a Tae-Bo-rific set of DVDs guaranteed to make you sweat, feel the burn and—like I said—count. But more on that in a bit. Let’s get to the basics.

First, this As Seen on TV system is only—cue loud announcer voice—three easy payments of $29.99! It includes seven workout DVDs, each with one 30-minute workout on it (that seems wasteful to me, but that’s always my multi-workout-DVD-pack gripe), along with a nutrition guide, instructions, a workout rotation calendar and Billy’s Training Gloves and Cardio Bands (that look a whole heck of a lot like this product). Similar to the P90X system, you follow Billy’s nutrition plan and workout plan (working out for 30 minutes every day for the first week, and then five days a week in weeks two through four) and then, you start to see some Billy-a-fied results.

And Billy looks good. He’s fitter than ever, and still sweats a ton, which I kind of like because it’s obvious that he’s putting his all into it. Billy is actually what I enjoyed most about the workouts. He’s encouraging and motivates you almost like a sports coach would, really tapping into your mental strength. Each workout DVD—Basics, Cardio, Cardio Burn, Ripped Core, Boot Camp Power, Combo Sculpt and Body Blast—features a quick warm-up and a cool down with an encouraging pep talk from Billy. The Basics DVD walks you through all of the kicks and punches (if you’ve done Tae Bo before, you’ll be fine—this is pretty much the same exact stuff, just with a band) with proper form, and all of the rest are pretty self explanatory. You use the bands for almost every part of every workout, except for the last part of the Ripped Core workout where you do some mat work and the end of each DVD when Billy has you remove the bands to see just how strong you are punching without the added resistance (it actually is pretty cool). In Basics, Billy even breaks some boards. Whoa.

While the workouts aren’t really anything you haven’t seen in Tae Bo before, the bands do allow you to do some stationary resistance training, and Billy even mixes in some burpees occasionally (slightly awkward with the bands, but I appreciated the creativity). The bands themselves are a bit tricky to get situated. Even following the instructions perfectly, I had a little slippage on the part that goes around my foot, but eventually got it figured out. I wish there were bands of different lengths or resistance levels included, as obviously with just one band you have no harder resistance level to progress to, and if you’re super tall or super short, well, this workout is just going to be harder or easier for you. I thought the gloves themselves would be pointless to have on, but they were fun. I definitely felt more like a boxer with them on, and punched a little harder because of it.

Although the workout rotation seems like a sane and doable plan for the beginner or intermediate exerciser, the nutrition guide is too drastic, in my opinion. It’s a straight-up diet (four-letter word!). While the recommendations of what to eat and what to avoid are solid, the sample meal plans are ridiculous with calorie counts of about 1,150 to 1,350. I see numbers that low and I get hungry just looking at them.

Lastly, there’s the counting. While I’m all for counting along and getting into it, every DVD in the series features A TON of counting. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7…repeat about 100 times. For me, it just got annoyingly repetitive. So did the “Yes, sir” repeats from the PT 24/7 crew. Even some of Billy’s phrases get a little old, too, as he also likes to repeat things. I like the phrase “work it” as much as the next girl, but it loses its charm after the 50th time.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★
Music: ★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★

Overall: ★★★

Fit Bottomed Line: If you are a Tae Bo fan looking for more of a challenge, then Billy Blanks PT 24/7 is your system. If you’ve never been a big kickboxer, move right along…

Anyone else tried this system? What did you think of it? Be sure to check out our recent interview with Billy Blanks here! —Jenn



Comments

  1. Debbie says

    The counting and the “Yes Sir!” is the quirkiness of Billy’s workouts that make it fun for me. If you have most all of them, especially the Billy’s Bootcamp Series, you can appreciate the motivation. It’s like a comical, whoop-it-up, “let’s get this done” thing, which doesn’t appeal to everyone. I was amazed I liked it but it’s different from what I have. I also like military themes, so that might also be it. Shelly’s great too–what a worker!

    My thoughts were that this wasn’t different enough from my huge Billy stash to warrant a purchase. His collection takes up a whole shelf but I love them.

  2. Christine says

    Jenn – what other workout dvd series are out there?? I did p90x a year or so ago, a couple times over actually. Id like to try something new at home and I like the structure of a dvd series program. I had actually read about this Billy Blank workout dvd series before, but knew it wasnt for me. Do you know of any other good ones??

  3. says

    Yeah billy blanks workouts are pretty nice. If you want to mix it up you should also try the George St Pierre RushFit Workouts. It similar, but different enough to keep things interesting. It’s based on MMA. (mixed martial arts)

  4. says

    Hello everyone. Im a huge fan of Billy and all his work. I love this new series not because of the new workout ( which is just a mix of old stuff and a few new things) but because of those simple yet effective billy gloves. What everyone who asks about them forgets to notice is that you can buy heavier resistance bands and attach them to the gloves. Any resistance bands with the clip on ends will attach to the gloves and ankle straps. I aldready had clip on bands for another resistance trainer that i clipped onto these things, and WHEEW, man I tell you I could feel the burn.

    It’s just like billy says in the dvd. Your supposed to the captain of this ship. You can make the workout as hard or as light as you want even if you dont strap extra weight on by wrapping the bads that come with the dvd around your leg twice if your not getting enough of a workout. The gloves let you be as creative as you want to be and that’s why I love them.

  5. leilani says

    I’m so happy Billy came out with a NEW dvd and the gloves with the bands look AWESOME!!! Can’t wait to receive my dvds in the mail from Santa and press play!!

  6. Ash says

    Eileen, if you have not already found clip on resistance bands to increase intensity Bodylastics brand is great and they sell systems or individual resistance clip on bands ranging in resistance from 5-35 lbs worth of tension. I purchased a few different tensions and I do it with my mom. She just attaches the bands directly to her shoes and regular weight lifting gloves as I don’t have an extra set of gloves for her and that works great.

  7. says

    I think that it is very imporant to stay in shape and yes boxing is a good Sport to play just like any other Sport out there there many differn sports that a person can choose from to stay in shape you just have to find the right one that fits you and you enjoy.

  8. MP says

    Otto Queen, I have bodylasti bands, so I can just attach them to the pt 24 7 straps and gloves? I didnt think the Bodylastic bands stretch so much. What kind of results did you see with this workout?

  9. Melissa says

    I have always like the workouts Billy puts out. They are one of the few workouts that actually work for me. Recently I have been looking for a different tae bo workout.
    I was wondering can you do the workouts without the bands and gloves? Do you know if there are other brands of resistance bands that would work with the gloves?

  10. says

    I used to do Billy Blanks back in the day. He did work me hard, but I got bored with the workouts. These days I’m more into workouts like P90X and Les Mills Combat. I love the weight lifting of P90X combined with the kicking and punching of Combat. They make me sweat like no other and they are always challenging to me. I never get bored. Anyone try them before?

  11. Nicole says

    Hello just purchased the pt 24/7 about a week ago and my bands snapped !! Argh , also my 12 week old lab puppy chewed my glove anyone know how I can get a replacement set?

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