Hip Hop Abs
with trainer Shaun T
You will love it if:
These videos are a fun way to get your body off the couch raise your heartrate a bit while toning your abs. There is also an actress, Tania, who demonstrates the no impact version of the workout for those who have joint problems. All of the workouts are done to great hip hop music with a strong base and snare rhythm. These videos are a lot of fun, and Shaun is his normal, goofy self. He is always cracking jokes and goofing around. During the Far Burning Cardio workout, he completely cracks himself up when “Don’t Cha” starts playing, and it is impossible to do the workout without laughing with him.
The bonus Learn To Dance routines that are included with the Hip Hop Abs set are my favorite part of the program. In the Learn To Dance videos, Shaun teaches you dance moves and breaks complex, choreographed routines into steps that are easy to learn. You can tell Shaun is a legit choreographer because the routines he came up with are smokin’ hot and he does an amazing job of breaking the moves down into simple steps that are accessible to even a mediocre dancer. Practice dancing with these bonus workouts a couple of times before you hit the club, and everyone else will be enviously watching while you bust a move like a pro. Or if you’re not into the club scene, bust them out around the house to your own hip hop music to create your own unique routines and get a great workout while doing it.
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 is super short. The workouts aren’t super challenging, so you probably don’t need to spend a lot of time stretching after each workout, but since I enjoy several minutes of good stretching after a work-out, I usually do my own stretching.
The dance videos don’t require any equipment and can even be done on a hard surface because they don’t include any mat work. The toning videos (ie. Rock It Out) does require 1 to 3 pound handweights. You can also do the workout using soup cans, ankle weights, or weighted hand gloves if you don’t have any small handweights. (I wrapped 2 ½ pound ankle weights around my hands.) I would also recommend wearing ankle weights and/or weighted hand gloves while doing other videos in order to increase the difficulty of the workouts.
These workouts can be done in a space that is about 4 feet deep and 6 feet wide. However, a space that is only 6 feet wide might feel a bit cramped.
You should be able to walk around easily for at least 15 or 20 minutes before trying these workouts.
What NOT to Expect
Don’t expect a super intense cardio workout that will help you shed tons of pounds or a great weight training program that will get you ripped. This workout program is meant to be a fun way to get you moving and tone your muscles a bit.
How does Hip Hop Abs compare to other similar programs?
Hip Hop Abs is a fun program for working your abs, but is a beginners level video and isn’t terribly difficult. If you are older and have less endurance or are heavier and haven’t worked out in a while, Hip Hop Abs may be your best choice. If you think Hip Hop Abs will be too easy, Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results is a great alternative that is a bit harder and at more of an intermediate level. The drawback to the Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results program is that it doesn’t include a Hips, Buns, & Thighs routine. It is also an intermediate level video and is my favorite workout in the Hip Hop Abs program. Also, Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results includes only one bonus Learn to Dance routine while Hip Hop Abs includes two. If you are at an intermediate fitness level and think you’d prefer Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results, you may want to purchase Hip Hop Abs anyway just to have the Hips, Buns, & Thighs workout and the extra Learn to Dance routines. Rockin’ Body is another fun Shaun T program that allows you to practice your dancing while you exercise. It is a bit more challenging than Hip Hop Abs and is a very similar program. However, it includes three cardio dance videos of different lengths instead of one. So if you want dance videos of different lengths, you might purchase that program instead. I didn’t enjoy the toning videos in Rockin’ Body as much as the ones in Hip Hop Abs, but they are more difficult and will get you a better workout.
If you think you’d prefer a Latin dance program, you should check out Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation. It’s about the same difficulty as Hip Hop Abs and is full of fun dance moves. However, in Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation, you stick with one move for a while before switching to another move instead of learning short choreographed dance routines. This makes Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation a bit easier to follow. But if you’re like me and like the added challenge of learning a fun routine, you’ll probably prefer Hip Hop Abs. I also enjoy Shaun T’s personality a bit more than Beto’s—the trainer in Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation—but for Latin dance lovers or those with a difficult time learning new dance moves, Zumba may be a more enjoyable program.
Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results
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Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation