Abs Diet WorkoutTom Holland
Year Released: 2005
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I picked this up the other day and it is a pleasant surprise. There is already a review breaking down the moves, so I will only add my opinions. I am currently in the low Intermediate range.
Three different circuit workouts. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. You have a lot of options with these. You can do all three, or pick one and do it several times. You can use one weight, or do a pyramid. The chapters are well-done to personalize the whole experience. (No pre-mixes or programming options, though.)
I LOVE that he has proper stretches between exercises! Each stretch is held for at least 12-15 seconds.
There are three different abs workouts. I hate abs work on the floor, so I wonít comment on these! I could turn this into a pro by doing standing ab work during the abs circuits, or even hopping on to the elliptical and doing some cardio. Or, go put the laundry in the dryer.
This is at least an Intermediate workout. Not due to difficulty, but because Tom doesnít do much explaining of the exercises. Or much in the way of showing modifications. Or many form pointers. This is fine if you know what you are doing. But, would be problematic for a beginner.
I donít think you could go very heavy as he moves along at a moderately brisk pace.
The music is plain, sort of techno, with a good beat.
The set is very plain.
The cueing is pretty good.
Iíd like to add that I bought the ďAbs DietĒ book, too. I canít comment on that (except to say that is a hoot). I bring this up to point out the difference between the book and the workout. The book is absolutely aimed at males. The video is aimed at females. Due to comments by Tom about how great you are going to look in your bikini or miniskirt. I know that kind of talk bothers some folks, so I thought I would mention it. It doesnít bother me.
Tom is very personable in this. Friendly and encouraging. Er, he is not as sweaty as he was in his first workout.
This has to be the shortest total body workout on record. There are 3 workouts: beginner, intermediate and advanced. The only thing advanced about the advanced workout is you do compound moves (which I hate). I know this workout got some rave reviews, but it doesn't really have a place in my collection, so I promptly got rid of it. It is basic gym-style weight lifting, nothing more, nothing less. You would have to do all three workouts to get a decent workout. Grade: C.
In order to make this a little more difficult workout, I did the entire workout = 55 minutes. I also increased the difficulty by adding weights in the beginner section and modified a few of the exercises.
It is set up as follows:
Bent Leg Knee Raise
Bent Knee Push-Up
Overhead Shoulder Press
Raised Feet Crunch
Squat with Dumbbell
Stationary Lunge w Dumbbell
Plie Squat w Dumbbell
Bent Arm Dumbbell Row
Bent Knee Pull-In
Double Crunch with Cross
Two Point Bridge
Squat with Side Raise
Striding Lunch with Dumbbell
Plie Squat with Bicep Curl
Striding Backward Lunge
Alternating Leg Push-Up
Bent Over Flyes
A couple of comments:
- Music was some techno sort of music, basically looped over for the entire workout. Nothing too motivating.
- I found the advanced abs section easier than some of the exercises in the intermediate. None of the ab work was particularly new and exciting or extremely challenging, but the three workouts together make a decent ab workout.
- Lots of stretching between each exercise - for those who are also working on flexibility, you might like this.
- Overall a decent full body workout if you do it from start to finish and up the intensity from the beginning.
Nice personality. Has several of his own videos out.