with trainer Jillian Michaels
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This is a fairly typical Jillian Michaels style video. Just like many of her other videos, each workout is broken up into 4 intervals—during each interval she does a series of 5 moves (30 seconds each) and then repeats the sequence. There is also a warm-up interval at the beginning of each workout (a series of 5 moves repeated through twice) and several minutes of stretching at the end. She has two actresses doing the workout with her—one on the right doing easier modifications and one on the left doing advanced modifications. A number of the moves also use a set of handweights or can be done at varying speeds, and Jillian encourages you to pick up the pace, use heavier weights, or increase your range of motion to make the moves harder. (Alternatively, you can go slower, use no weights, or decrease your range of motion to make the moves easier.) As a result, each workout can be accessible to a range of fitness levels.
As in her other videos, there is a lot of playful banter and harassment in this video. Natalie is back in this workout, and you can tell Jillian and Natalie (“Nat”) get along really well because they are always goofing around with each other. I sort of like their dynamic, but sometimes it makes me feel bad for the other model like Jillian is playing favorites or something—though the other models feelings probably are not hurt in the least! Jillian gives several short “heart-to-heart”, “inspirational” speeches in this video—which are not terribly moving from my perspective—but she does bring up some good points.
In typical Jillian fashion, the studio has a contemporary feeling that is color coordinated with the models workout attire (for the most part). The background music is an instrumental (no lyrics) with a heavy techno-club beat. And, as with many of her other videos, you have the option of playing a dubbed over Spanish version of the workout or watching the video with subtitles.
Though the style of her video is predictable, she introduces us to some new challenging moves—like always—and brings some variety to the same, old boring abdominal workout. These videos include lots of challenging abdominal exercises and will work your core in ways you probably have not worked it before. Jillian also includes a lot of full-body and cardiovascular elements so you will get maximum fat burn while working your muscles.
These workouts each require a single 3-15 pound hand-weight. Many of the moves in these workouts are done from a lying or kneeling position, so a mat or soft carpet is a must. A set of handweights (3-10 pounds) is also used for many of the moves, but the modified (easier) version of each move is often done without weights; so the weights are not necessarily required.
You should be able to lie down with your arms stretched above your head both horizontally and vertically. You should also have enough head room to left your arms above your head.
To do the level 1 workout, you should be able to hold a plank position for about a minute and do around 50 crunches. The levels 2 and 3 videos are a bit more intense and require a bit more cardiovascular fitness—you should be able to jog or walk briskly for at least 15 minutes before attempting them
What NOT to Expect
While this video does include many challenging moves that will work your core, the workouts move at a slower pace than some of her other workouts, so you will not get a very cardio-intensive workout like you do in some of her other videos. She seems to pause slightly longer between moves, allowing you just a bit more time to catch your breath, and the moves are not quite as fast paced. (Of course, you can always speed up the moves or continue working during the breaks while Jillian explains the next move if you want a more challenging cardio workout.) Also, do not expect your run of the mill abdominal workout with a zillion crunches that make your abs scream in pain. You will be working your core in a more holistic way, but will not get a deep burning sensation in your abdominal muscles.
How does Killer Abs compare to other similar programs?
If you need something shorter than 33 minutes, you might try the workouts on 10 Minute Solutions Blast Off Belly Fat. Or, for a longer workout that is fairly similar to the ones on Killer Abs, you might try Totally Ripped Core. It is a bit slower paced and includes both 48 minute and 11 minute workouts. It also includes a lot of similar moves to the ones on Killer Abs. Neither Killer Abs nor Totally Ripped Core include much cardio work.
If you’d like a more cardio intensive core workout, you should try 6-Week Six Pack. The workouts on 6-Week Six Pack are intense and very dynamic, so you’ll be burning a ton of fat while you work your core. (And we all know you’ll never see that 6-pack if you don’t get rid of the fat first!) Another great cardio workout that works your abs at the same time is Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results. It is about the same difficulty as Killer Abs and is a ton of fun, so you’ll have less trouble staying motivated to continue working out.
If you want a video that is just as challenging for your stomach muscles but includes less standing and medium- or high-impact moves, you might try a Pilates video or the Ballet Body Core Workout. Both focus on mat work and are safer for your joints.
6 Week Six-Pack
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10 Minute Solutions Blast Off Belly Fat
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Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results
Totally Ripped Core
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Ballet Body Core Workout