Quick Fit: AbsGilad Janklowicz
Year Released: 2001
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I got the new Gilad Quick Fit strength tapes for my husband. He just adores Gilad's Men of Steel tapes and they've proven to be an accessible intro to weight training for him.
Quick Fix Abs is a solid, non stop 15 minute ab workout, mostly traditional stuff with a few new twists. There's a bit of lower back work and stretching at the end. Really no complaints here. Nicely instructed, effective, safe routine. Considerable bang for 15 minutes! A tape to grab for when you want a good abdominal add on at the end of another workout.
Abs features Gilad with an assortment of scantily clad women, including Brenda Dykgraaf, and a few guys on a beautiful beach - I guess that's nothing new! The bikini aspect of Gilad's production doesn't exactly send me but I can live with it. The beach is nice.
This is a review of the production quality of the strength tapes only-I traded/sold the cardio tapes without doing them since his cardio is not my style. I placed the strength tapes on the exchange after doing them once. The camera man moves around all over the place and at many times tilts the lens so the ocean horizon is at an angle. It made my stomach queasy. Once there is a shot of Gilad at floor level where he stretches his arm out toward the lens and his arm looks 3 feet long! These seems like small quirks even as I type them, but I have a lot of videos, including Cathe's on DVD where I can get short "parts" workouts without being distracted or dizzy by the camera zooming all over the place. LeslieM01/26/2002
I like all of the tapes in this set, though I do some more than others. There are 3 aerobic tapes, each with a different focus. The 1st is classic cardio, the 2nd is cardio strike/kickboxing, and the 3rd is a combination of the two. Overall I like all of the tapes, but in the tapes with a lot of the striking, it gets to be too slow at times because the focus is on the upper body. But as a whole, the tapes are effective and give you the opportunity to switch from one focus to another.
There are 4 strength training videos--abs/ arms and shoulders/ legs, hips, and buttocks/ and chest and back. The tapes I do the most are the arms and shoulders, and the legs, hips, and buttocks. Both are very quick, effective, and to the point. I tend to have to use lighter than usual weights on the arms video, because he does a large amount of repetition, so you can really feel the burn. The legs video is quick and effective as well, but does not involve much activity with weights--it focuses more on lunges and squats.
Overall, these tapes have added more variety to my workouts, and I really enjoy them.
Gilad is very effective in these videos. He is motivating, has good cueing, and good form. For those like myself that like Gilad's videos, you shouldn't be disappointed.
This is a short abs workout, about 15 minutes. It is comprised of traditional abs strength moves. It works my abs really well and I definitely feel it after doing this tape. It is set on a beach with background exercisers, but I donít find myself looking at the scenery (natural or human) during this workout! (smile)
Gilad is motivating and descriptive throughout the workout. There are usually several points at which I am ready to quit this workout because itís hard. He keeps me going though and I feel strong, but sore, at the end of it.
He is motivating in this workout. He also gives good descriptions.