Lord of the Abs: Maximum Abs

Gilad Janklowicz
Year Released: 2011

Categories: Abs/Core , Balance/Medicine/Mini/Stability Ball, Total Body Workouts


I I had hoped that using the medicine ball in this video would provide a good upper body workout, but I found (quite quickly) that *I* had to use a VERY light weight or my shoulders fatigued almost immediately. So, for me, this would be classified as a cardio workout with core focus (which is probably how it's intended to be.)

THE WARM-UP:
Very brief. Gilad focuses on warming up the shoulders (since you'll be using them A LOT). Simple moves: arm reaches, arm circles, shoulder rolls, clasping elbows and circling, shoulder stretch, soldier march with arm lift

THE WORKOUT:
This workout mixes so many moves that I LOVED with so many that I HATED. And since these dvds are infamously lacking CHAPTER POINTS, then there's no skipping around.

MOVES I LOVED: twists with the weight (a la TaeBo), figure 8/rowing, pushing the ball away from the body (often with a lower body move), lifting the ball up and down while squatting, the lunge series with ball extension/lift/twist, knee ups/repeaters with ball movement, segments that included a balance challenge (he throws them in here and there).

MOVES I HATED: endless ball circles in front of the body (sensitive shoulders), lots and lots of pivots and their variations (hammer throw, discus...sensitive knees)

MOVES I LIKED BUT GOT TIRED OF BECAUSE WE DID THEM A LOT: side-stepping with the ball

THE STRETCH:
Pure awesomeness. Gilad uses the med ball to go deeper into a stretch (as it rolls away). He also uses it as a prop, almost like a yoga block (for balance and to avoid going too deep into a pose). There was also a long stretch for upper body/shoulders. I really liked this and thought it was a nice ending to the workout.

OVERALL:
I liked this, but can't do it without modifications. (Gilad does like his pivoting!)
This workout feels nicely functional...but unfortunately very shoulder-intensive. Several moves reminded me of Michael Carson's Get Sexy (but with a Gilad-feel and a safer pace -- Get Sexy hurt my back, this did not at all). Maybe it's all the repetition, or the fact that I can't/don't do about half the moves, but this workout felt long to me.

Instructor Comments:
Liked the location, liked the backgrounders. I think Steve may be part orangutan (boy, he sure can jump!) And Gilad cracks me up! At one point, he walks over to sweaty-Brian and says "You're shiny!" LOL.

Alisoncooks

03/01/2012