Hip Hop Abs Extreme
with trainer Shaun T
You will love it if:
Shaun has a fun personality that is enjoyable to workout with, and the dance moves in these videos are a ton of fun. As with the other videos in the Hip Hop Abs series, Shaun uses the Tilt-Tuck-Tighten method to help you work your abs while dancing. Shaun teaches you how to do the Tilt-Tuck-Tighten method in the original Hip Hop Abs video series but not in Hip Hop Abs Extreme. However, it is pretty easy to catch on to the Tilt-Tuck-Tighten method even without the instructional video. One thing about the 3 Ts is that the more you practice Tilt-Tuck-Tighten, the better your technique becomes and the better the workout you get.
All of the workouts are done to great hip hop music with a strong base and snare rhythm. The workouts include a lot of high impact moves, but Tania (who demonstrates the no impact version of the workout in pretty much every one of Shaun Ts workout programs) is back in this video. She does a great job of keeping the moves low impact without losing much intensity from the workout. There is a workout counter with the total time left in the workout on the bottom of the screen as well as a segment countdown that shows the time left in the current segment. There is also an option to play the music louder, making Shaun’s cueing difficult to hear, in case you really want to have a dance party.
Near the end of the Extreme Cardio workout there is a 12 minute section of drills in which you need 1 to 3 pound handweights or weighted hand gloves. (Soup cans or ankle weights wrapped around your hands are another good alternative.) If you just want the video for the dance workout (and not the toning component), you can easily skip over this since it’s at the end of the workout. If you don’t do the drills, you won’t need any equipment for these workouts.
These workouts can be done in a space that is about 6 feet deep and 8 feet wide. You can do the workouts in a smaller space, but it will be cramped and you won’t be able to travel as much on some of the moves.
You should be able to dance, bike, use an elliptical, or do some other form of light cardiovascular exercise for 25 to 30 minutes before trying this program. If you have a difficult time walking more than a mile, you may want to try an easier program.
What NOT to Expect
You will get a pretty good cardio workout doing this program, and (along with a healthy diet) it could definitely help you lose some weight. However, don’t expect to turn into a super star athlete or get totally ripped. It isn’t really advanced enough to get you in shape for Basketball, Indoor Soccer, or Track season. This workout program is meant to be a fun way to help you stay healthy, lose some weight, and tone your muscles a bit.
How does Hip Hop Abs Extreme compare to other similar programs?
The two workouts on this DVD are very similar to the workouts in Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results except that on this DVD, the cardio video is longer and the ab workout is shorter (and a bit harder). If you think you’d enjoy Hip Hop Abs Extreme but haven’t already tried Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results, you should probably try Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results first. The studio and cast are better and I found the Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results program to be a slightly more enjoyable workout.
If you think Hip Hop Abs Extreme will be a touch too easy, TurboFire is a great alternative that is just a tiny bit harder. However, Turbofire is not strictly a dancing workout; it is a dance-like workout with a lot of kickboxing and plyometrics worked in. If all you really want to do is dance, try getting Hip Hop Abs Extreme and wearing weighted hand gloves and/or ankle weights while you do the workouts or adding in extra moves of your own to make the workouts a bit harder. If Hip Hop Abs Extreme sounds too challenging, check out Burlesque, Hip Hop Abs, Rockin’ Body, or Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation.
Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results
EASIER & SASSIER
Hip Hop Abs
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