I have used Abs of Steel Volumes 1 and 2.
Frankly, these two videos did not impress me much. They
did the job, but that was about it. In Abs of Steel Volume
3, Leisa Hart is a valuable addition to the video series.
Her instructions are clear and concise, not filled with
jargon. It also helps that the production values on this
video are much better than that of its predecessors.
There are 3 workout-- one 15 minute beginner workout, a
15 minute intermediate workout, and the 5 minute bonus
crunch, which is more advanced than the intermiediate
section. The first workout is adequate in explaining the
basic technique and moves in abdominal training. I even
learned a few new things, even though I did not expect
to. The Intermediate workout gets down to the nitty
gritty. Many of these exercises are innovating and
challenging; I would have never thought of them in a
million years. Getting through this workout is an
accomplishment! The Bonus Crunch is perfect for a quick
ab workout-- especially when "crunched" for
time. My only bone to pick with this tape is the
placement of the cooldown. It follows the Intermediate
workout. Then the cooldown is followed by the Bonus
Crunch. I find this time consuming. A mini cooldown after
each segment would work much better. Overall, if you are
serious about toning those abs, this tape would be a
great addition to your fitness program.
In my search for a good ab video, I came across the Abs
of Steel III. I was very disappointed because I had liked
the original Abs of Steel which I had tried long ago. I
thought the video was difficult to follow because I
constantly felt unsure if I was doing the exercises
correctly. Most of the exercises in the video are
difficult to know if you are doing them correctly. So in
conclusion after a workout I didn't get the kind of
satisfaction when I know I have really worked out.