10 Pounds Down: Cardio Abs

Jessica Smith
Year Released: 2012

Categories: Abs/Core , Boxing/Kickboxing/Martial Arts , Total Body Workouts

If you're looking for a fun, straight forward, kick butt (but not to the point where you're totally wiped out) workout, then you might want to give this one a try! Cardio Abs is another great workout by Jessica Smith. The DVD contains 4 workouts: Cardio Abs, Total Body Abs Transformer, Concentrated Abs and a bonus workout called Tummy Torching Tabata.

This is a solid intermediate workout and requires dumbbells and a mat, depending on which workout you choose to do. These workouts get right down to business and pack a punch in a half hour. You have the option to play all, or choose an individual workout.

Cardio Abs is a 30 minute cardio workout that will have you punching, kicking and whittling your waist away with fun kickboxing combinations. The music has a nice driving beat and really adds to the contagious energy of the workout. There are some high impact moves, but Jessica always shows a lower impact modification. There's no fancy footwork here, just straight forward butt kicking.

Total Body Abs Transformer is a 30 minute, total body toning workout. It combines compound weight work (working more than one muscle group at a time) with cardio intervals to spike the heart rate and burn serious calories. There is no down time between each move, so take a deep breath and get ready to work!

Concentrated Abs is a 27 minute ab workout that combines standing and floor ab work. It starts with some balance work (the "balance challenge series") and then moves on to target the abs from every angle while standing and lying on the floor. There is a nice mix of plank work, crunch variations and some work on the stomach that engages the lower back.

Tummy Torching Tabata (bonus workout) is a 4 minute tabata style workout, which is 20 seconds of maximum intensity followed by 10 seconds of active recovery. I'll be honest here and say I didn't actually DO this workout since I can't do high impact, but I did watch it and it looks killer if you give it all you've got. You'll be doing air jacks, mountain climbers, jogging in place and windmill jumps. You repeat this sequence twice!

Overall, I really liked this workout! It's a solid 90 minutes of intermediate cardio, toning and ab work.

Instructor Comments:
As always, Jessica comes across as very likable and down to earth. Her cuing is great, she always offers modifications and she has her usual pleasant demeanor.