Admit it, we all pause to stare at a pic of someones great abs right? You do this too right?…come on, don’t leave me hangin’. Ok, phew, I’m not the only one!
**We cannot all have abs like the photo above…the important thing is for us to strengthen our core so that we prevent back injuries while performing our daily activities. I am fit but my abs don’t look like that nor do I punish myself because they don’t. :) but it’s still ok to stare…
I decided to pick an older fitness DVD to do the other night just to mix it up a little. I was going through my selections, I have a lot, and since I love Jillian Michael’s, when I spied her Six Week 6 Pack I knew that was the one to do. I have been focusing more on running lately so this would be a good addition to keep my core strength up.
I think in the past we all thought in order to strengthen and tone our mid-sections we had to do a kazillion crunches!!! Nope, that is not the case anymore. New science has changed this thought process and the trainers and exercise gurus (Jillian!) now know that in order to activate the core you need to stabilize the core muscles.
Our transverse abdominis are the primary muscles we need to focus on in order to get strong, lean abs. Have you ever heard from an instructor to “draw in your core”? We should be drawing in our core all day. This is what stabilizes and strengthens the midsection so ‘suck in your belly buttons’ toward your spines people!
I was thinking as I popped in the JM DVD that I as going to have to do another DVD or perhaps go for a short run after because I wouldn’t be getting a “yell out for momma” workout with just this abs routine…ha…ha…ha…oh how had I forgotten this was Jillian’s workout!!!!!! She starts out all smiles and lollipops but then once the warm up is over she has no mercy…
…as an aside here…do you think she can hear me when I say “holy F%$# Jillian”? I know I am not alone in this comment because I see it repeated over and over on FB, twitter and internet comments!!!
In level one she puts you through a series of planks, crunches, stabilizers and cardio to burn your core and overall body fat. You are thanking all that is holy that you are nearing the end when she throws this little tidbit of info at you…after this last exercise we are going to repeat the entire sequence one more time through!!! Oh and just FYI…she speeds the entire 2nd sequence up…you know, as a favour to you so that you can burn more calories…ahem…language please…
I really love the way Jillian arranges her workouts though, this one in particular reminded me of a tabata routine in that it went from one exercise to another with no rest and included cardio to burn overall fat and boost your metabolism. Each exercise brought me to almost failure, where I thought “ok, I will have to take a break here” then you hear JM say “ok, 5 more seconds” and you know you can hold on for 5 seconds more.
You won’t get bored with this routine either as there are so many exercises squeezed into this DVD, but not so many that it will make you feel overwhelmed. As always, JM has a beginner, average and advanced version represented so that you can work at your level. If you find the advanced too easy, then add weights or heavier weights. I used a 15 lb dumbbell for the exercises where JM used weights.
Not only will you feel awesome because you worked out but you will feel balanced as she makes sure to incorporate your back into the routines.
Needless to say, I did not feel the need to do another workout once I finished this 30 minute routine. Here I am after the W/O and going into the cool down phase…not a pretty picture but you need to see the sweat as proof!
Ok now, get your workouts done then go here and enter my giveaway!
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