Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results
with trainer Shaun T
You will love it if:
This is my favorite set of workouts in the Hip Hop Abs series. Shaun has a fun personality that is enjoyable to workout with, and the dance moves are a ton of fun too. The Total Body Burn workout is a particularly good workout and a lot more fun than most of the other toning or strength training videos I’ve done. Tania, who demonstrates the no impact version of the workout in pretty much every one of Shaun Ts workout programs, is back in this one, and does a great job of keeping the moves low impact without losing much intensity from the workout. All of the workouts are done to great hip hop music with a strong base and snare rhythm.
Shaun does not teach you how to do the Tilt-Tuck-Tighten method in this video series. This series is the sequel to Hip Hop Abs, the video program in which Shaun teaches the Tilt-Tuck-Tighten method. 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.
This video includes one bonus Learn To Dance routine (similar to the bonus routines included in the original Hip Hop Abs program) in which Shaun breaks down a complex, choreographed routine into easy to learn steps in order to teach you the whole routine. Shaun is both a great choreographer and a great teacher. The routines look amazing and he does a fantastic job of breaking them down into simple steps that are easy to learn and accessible to almost anyone. Practice dancing with this bonus workout a couple of times before you hit the club or bust the moves out around the house while you’re cleaning.
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. The stretching at the end of these workouts should probably be longer and include more stretches. He seems to miss some parts of the body that I always need to stretch, so I usually add my own stretching. For example, I have knee problems when I don’t stretch my quads enough, but Shaun doesn’t include a good quad stretch at the end of most of his dance videos.
Both the Total Body Burn and the Ab Sculpt workouts use weighted hand gloves or light handweights (1 to 3 pounds). You could also use soup cans or wrap ankle weights around your hands. (I personally prefer ankle weights around my hands to weighted hand gloves.) For the Total Body Burn, Shaun recommends using weighted hand gloves or hand weights, but I would recommend using both. I wear 1 ½ pound weighted hand gloves through the entire workout and add 2 or 3 pound handweights for extra resistance when doing the arm moves. You can also add ankle weights to your legs while doing any of the videos to make the workouts a bit more challenging.
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 15 to 20 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. The cardio and toning workouts aren’t 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 Ultimate Results compare to other similar programs?
Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results is one of the most challenging dance workout programs there is because it gets your heartrate up a bit and does a good job of toning your abdominal muscles while you dance. Hip Hop Abs Extreme is about the same difficulty level as Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results, but the cardio workout is longer (55 minutes), and the abdominal workout is more challenging. The downside of the Hip Hop Abs Extreme program is that I didn’t like the studio and cast as much as the studio and cast in Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results. As a result I felt the Ultimate Results program was more enjoyable.
If you are in reasonably good shape, I would recommend Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results because it is the most challenging dance program and is a ton of fun. But if you are in really good shape but want to try some dance-like workouts, you might try Turbofire. It is a little more like a kickboxing video with some plyometrics and dance moves mixed in, but it is very upbeat with a dance-like flavor and a bit harder than Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results. If you really want to get a great workout while dancing, you could also try ordering (or renting from the library) both Hip Hop Abs programs and practicing the Learn To Dance routines. Once you learn them, you could play your own music and do the routines on your own to get a great workout. (The Learn to Dance routines are very challenging and a great cardio workout.)
Hip Hop Abs and Rockin’ Body are similar dance programs that are a bit easier than Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results or Hip Hop Abs Extreme. But if you aren’t in great shape or simply want more dance videos to add to your collection, they are good choices. Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation is another slightly easier dance program, but I don’t find it to be quite as much fun as Shaun T’s Hip Hop Abs and Rockin’ Body dance programs.