If someone looked at my workout routine recently they’d probably notice that cardio isn’t a high priority, let alone the treadmill or elliptical. I find that my mental stability breaks down before my body does, and that’s saying something! For me, I’d rather be outside hiking a ridge or paddling a canoe than getting stuck running in place like a lab rat hoping to get somewhere new. So when Jessica Smith’s 10 Pounds Down: Cardio Abs was put on my review list, all I could think of was “hmm …well it’s not a treadmill…and it’s a two-for-one deal…and I get to work my abs…can’t be that bad.” And boy, was I RIGHT! It was pretty darn good.
The three short intense workouts don’t lose your focus, and each 28-minute workout makes you sweat. Jessica Smith’s upbeat attitude and timely instruction keeps your attention and has you forgetting about the clock—thank goodness, because one-armed burpees are on the list. Oh, and did I mention the groovy background music? Here are short descriptions of each mini-workout:
Cardio Abs: If you like kickboxing, then you’ll love this heart-pumping routine. On the other hand, if you’re like my sister (who decided to join me for this quick workout), then you probably won’t be the biggest fan. This workout involves coordination and a solid eight-count, so if you think you may be a walking hazard with your punching, twisting and kicking, then maybe take it slow. BUT if you still want to take a punch at it, then maybe you could wear a red top with the words: CAUTION: Crazy Woman in Vicinity—Keep 50 Feet Away!
Total Body Abs Transformer: This workout should be called “Total Body Sculptor” due to its strength and cardio-interval workout. Hitting every muscle of the body, it’s perfect for a quick lunch break routine or if like many Fit Bottomed women out there, you have a lot on your plate. This workout does recommend using dumbbells to help build lean muscle mass, so if you don’t have a set nearby, I believe the workout isn’t as beneficial.
Concentrated Abs: This workout is a more traditional abdominal routine with a twist to your favorite exercises. This segment combines both standing and floor work and can be included after any weight-lifting regime.
Extra, Extra, Extra…Bonus Workout!: Tummy torching Tabata in this one! The four-minute maximal-intensity interval workout includes four 20-second plyometric exercises that get your heart racing. Each exercise is followed by a 10-second break and then repeated.
FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★
Fit Bottom Line: 10 Pounds Down Cardio Abs is definitely a DVD that all fitness levels can enjoy. Although some workouts may be more hazardous for some, the workouts left my abs sore and my heart rate accelerated.
What are your favorite abdominal exercises? –Raquel