Hip Hop Abs: DVD review
Okay, I need to start out this review by saying I never EVER would have tried this video if it weren’t for my friend Ashley’s recommendation, because HIP HOP ABS ARE YOU KIDDING ME. She was raving about it, though, and I was trying like hell to rid myself of my post-partum Buddha belly, so I decided to give it a shot.
I am nearly as good of a dancer as I am a nuclear physicist, so I didn’t have high hopes for my ability to follow along with anything with “hip hop” in the title, but to my surprise the moves were easy to copy. I was even more surprised to find that I was actually having fun while doing the workouts — the instructor, Shaun T, is an absolute scream, I really can’t get enough of him. If you haven’t had the pleasure, please enjoy this little clip of his appearance on Ellen a while back:
*happy sigh* Oh, Shaun T.
The Hip Hop Abs Package DVD includes a few different workouts, including a cardio routine, a strength segment, and a segment devoted entirely to abs. All were enjoyable, all gave me an excellent workout. There’s even a “teach you how to dance” bit where you can learn how to put the steps into a more complicated choreography routine, but that was above and beyond my coordination level.
His whole shtick is that you don’t need to do crunches to build ab strength; he’s got this standing ab move called the “tilt, tuck, tighten” (as shown on that Ellen video). It’s actually quite effective, even though it initially doesn’t feel as challenging as crunches, and while I was doing this video I saw a visible improvement in my core strength.
I haven’t been doing Hip Hop Abs lately (in favor of the gym and 30 Day Shred), but I really liked it and plan to mix it back in when I want some variety. It’s fun, you can do it even if you can’t dance, and it’s a good little workout. Oh, and if you’re like me, once you master a few of the moves you’ll find yourself doing them around the house when no one’s looking. Go Linda, go Linda, it’s my birthday, it’s my – ahem. Anyway, two thumbs up for Hip Hop Abs and Shaun T!