Tae Bo AbsBilly Blanks
Year Released: 2004
Categories: Abs/Core , Boxing/Kickboxing/Martial Arts
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This is a mostly standing 25 minute ab routine led by Billy with 10-15 background exercisers. The set has pictures of Billy and other fitness type stuff hanging in the background with bright red carpet. You dont need any props for this workout.
After a quick warmup you move into a 22 minute standing ab routine. Billy does a lot of standing twisting-you stand in a pliet stance and twist your torso back & forth. He does side bend knee pulls, pulling the knee across the body, quick twisting, and a little bit of punching while twisting. I have a really bad neck so I couldnt keep my arms raised the entire time like he has, but I dont think that seriously detracted from my workout.
After the standing work you get a "bonus" floor strengthening routine that is about 5 minutes or so. You do some full sit-up variations and other crunch variations before moving into your stretch.
I would rate this a solid intermediate workout. Its fun and very different from my other ab w/o's. As typical in Tae Bo, Billy & the crew do count the entire time "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8" I know that annoys some. He is not too overzealous in this one. This w/o has a nice place in my w/o collection.
This is a fun routine with mostly standing ab work (my favorite) and some floor ab work. Billy is very down to earth in this workout and keeps things to a moderate to fast pace. No warp speed moves, as in some of his workouts. I used the "Billy Balls" for an extra boost.
This is NOT a killer ab workout like Michael Olajide's "Killer Abs". This is an intermediate workout that a beginner could try. I went all out and wasn't very sore the next day. But, it is sill a keeper.
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