Basic Sculpting System: Abs, Back, Biceps

Cory Everson
Year Released: 2005

Categories: Abs/Core , Upper Body Strength

I was quite impressed with this video. The only complaint I have is that there is no choreographed warm-up. You are supposed to march in place, or use your own treadmill or stationary cycle for 5 minutes while Cory introduces and explains the coming routine. This information is quite useful, though, so listen to it at least once, and then warm up with Cathe next time!

On to the routine itself. There are three exercisers, and each one is using a different piece of equipment. One demonstrates the "home" version, one the "machine" version and one the "fancy machine" version. Naturally, this gives me "gym envy", but the "home" versions aren't too bad. Cory and friends do 2 sets of 12 reps per exercise, with a rest and a stretch between sets. The "home" back exercises are: assisted pull-up (this requires a chin-up bar), long row (this requires a resistance band), barbell bent row, and one-arm bent dumbbell row. The "home" biceps exercises are: barbell curl, standing dumbbell curl, and concentration curl. Then 3 sets of 25 reps of crunches and twisting crunches complete the workout. The whole thing takes about 30 minutes, and you can always add more weight or more sets if you want to increase intensity, so I think this workout will challenge even the advanced exerciser.

Instructor Comments:
I find Cory's voice to be quite high and girlish - exactly the opposite of what I expected from a bodybuilding champion! Anyway, the form pointers are okay, and the attempts at motivation are not too irritating.

Serena Schlueter