A while back I was given the opportunity to review the new Rev Abs work out program. Originally, I wanted to do the 90 day program, show you my before vs after, get you all excited about the product, then giveaway the system to one of you. Unfortunatley my half marathon training, and personal life drama derailed that plan. Instead of waiting for me to finish the program, I decided to share with you what I think so far, and allow one of you to join me in the revolution.
I have always been disappointed in my midsection. One of my favorite saying was always "Theres Abs in there somewhere!" I know that core strength is so important in running, and especially swimming, so I really wanted to attack this over the off season to be stronger come spring/summer.
Rev Abs was created by Brett Hoebel, who is brazilian martial artist with a killer 6 pack. He also knows what hes talking about. He has an undergraduate degree in premed in Biomedical Science and has completed post graduate studies in functional strength training, nutrition, yoga, and holistic health. He has certifications in personal training, nutrition & lifestyle coaching, metabolic typing nutrition, C.H.E.K. holistic kinesiology, and hatha yoga.
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What I like?
- The variety. There are 7 DVDs and 2 of them have 2 workouts on 1. You follow 2 - 45 day plans that are mapped out in the kit on an easy to follow calendar.
- The easy to follow materials. Theres a booklet with more information on Brett & the Plan. They explain commonly used terms in a small glossary, They give other tips & tricks, then have you follow through a fit-test to complete pre & post Rev Abs
- The extras. It came with a set of body calipers to measure body fat & a tape measure to record inches. We all know this is a great way to track progress. They also strongly suggest taking pictures (I had Kevin take these for me).
- The workouts. They were definitely challenging & didn't contain the typical Ab moves you see in most videos. They were mixed up with new moves and showed ways to adapt them easier or harder depending on your level. The music was good, and the energy of the people working out (& Brett), was motivating(although there was this one girl who made ridiculous faces the whole time).
- The Ab angles. This program targets your Abs in 6 different angles, as opposed to the typical 2 in most programs. 1. upper flexion 2. lower flexion 3. double flexion 4. side flexion 5. twist 6. back
What I didn't like
- The nutrition plan. I don't like to follow any program's 'set' nutrition. The calorie totals were pretty low for someone who works out hard (around 1000). In my opinion, you need proper fuel to keep your metabolism going, especially when training or working out hard. Some of the recipes looked good, but I have yet to try any.
- The video length. Since I wasn't using these videos as my sole workout, I felt like they were a little long. If I spent an hour or so at the gym in the morning, I don't want to spend 45 more minutes when I get home sweating it up before bed. For me, I would prefer around 20-30 min. I guess I could just cut short on the last round.
- Jumping jacks. I know there are only so many ways to get your HR up, but seriously everytime I jump in my house my wine cabinet shakes & makes me nervous. I did the jumping jacks adaptation & was ok. I would prefer just a straight out strength video. Screw the cardio.
Overall? I think its a good addition to my workout regimen to help me build some core strength, but I'm not a hard core follower that will follow the plan to a "T". I'll leave that to my brother & P90X (which by the way is sold by the same company that sells Rev Abs).
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