Definition Series: Middle Body

Joyce Vedral
Year Released: 2000

Categories: Abs/Core

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I love her ab work. It's traditional, but she uses giant sets and hits all the angles!

You do 5 sets of 15 for each exercise non weighted exercise (abs) and full pyramid on the back exercises (12-10-8-10-12)

Alternating knee in (you are lying down - upper body flat on ground).

Knee up crunch (your knees are in the up position, ankles crossed. Crunch up upper body)

Seated back lateral

alternating lying oblique hand to toe (you raise up your upper body off the ground, hold your head with one hand, and reach your hand to you foot (which is on the ground. knees bent).

Reverse curl

front row
bent over row, palms up



This video covers abs and back. You alternate between the two. The back work is done with weights. The exercises are fairly routine, nothing new. The total length of the video is about 30 minutes, and she gives you stopping points after 10, 20, or 30 minutes. That way, you can adjust it to your own level of fitness. The ab work is "traditional" -- crunches, twists, etc. I would have liked Joyce to include some stabilization/Pilates-type ab work. Grade B.

Annie S.