Video Fitness

Core and More

Gilad

I'd rate this another solid intermediate by Gilad in that it (1) isn't super advanced like say, Caron's "Hard Core Conditioning v. 1" and (2) beginners might think you're crazy for doing an abs workout that clocks in over an hour.

That said, this isn't just an abs workout (hence, the "more" in the title). There are some yoga and pilates moves. In short, Gilad shows off some of the newer core training moves -- he's still a bit late to this party -- rather than safe standbys like he used to for abs. Some of the moves can be challenging.

You need one dumbbell or a medicine ball. The set is a beach with weird elevated platforms for the exercisers. Gilad is charming and upbeat and he cues well. Quite frankly, I think he looks better with age meaning he has likely made some kind of pact with the devil.

The workout includes but isn't limited to lots of crunches, some standard, some with one leg coming up as well. There is also bridge work, some standard, some with one leg coming up as well. Also expect supermans, some planks, and some outer thigh floor work using the weight.

Gilad seemed to forget chaptering on this series. You get three chapters: the warm up, the workout, and the cool down.

Overall, it's a good video. It could be shorter. For that length I think I was expecting my abs to be on fire, and that did not happen. I wonder a little if -- for the style of video it is -- it is too long for beginners and intermediates but not intense enough for advanced. Then again, I liked it much better my second time through because I needed a lighter tape (coming out of injury), so there is always a place for everything.

Instructor comments: It's Gilad. What's not to like?

Sarah-lara

2/18/07



Video Fitness copyright © 1996 - 2009 Wendy Niemi Kremer    All rights reserved