Hip Hop Abs

  • xKorix

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    Jul 14, 2007 10:41 PM GMT
    My friend saw this infomercial late one night about this work out video. I'm just wondering if anyone's ever tried it and if it's any good, she's begging me to buy it with her.
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    Jul 15, 2007 5:57 PM GMT
    WOW Thats Wierd. I saw it this morning at like 6am when I was up. Its like TaeBo. I am sure it would be a tough workout. I do not know how much it would do for your abs but definitely good cardio. But it is the latest aerobic fad.
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    Jul 16, 2007 2:04 AM GMT
    Actually, the dances that they do are really good ab work outs...if they did them correctly! I will admit that I found it incredibly ironic that the "hip hop abs" workout was lacking lets say...the TYPE of people that created hip hop and the dances, but that's another story. If you perform the dances correctly, it is a great cardio and ab workout. But as far as it looks from the infomercial, you may be a bit short changed.

    Personally, I love to dance. You could define the type of dance that I like as hip hop dancing, but I do it as a workout now because I am recovering from some torn muscles in my abdomen so lifting weights is out of the question. As I have done dancing to supplement ab workouts, I have found that my abs have developed much quicker than when I was lifting weights and specifically focusing on my abs. Plus, it's fun as hell! Haha
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    Jul 16, 2007 2:11 AM GMT
    "abs" are a function of bodyfat levels. Bodyfat levels of are function of cardio activity.
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    Jul 16, 2007 4:17 AM GMT
    I actually teach a hip hop class and will tell you that to be able to execute a lot of the steps correctly and not hurt yourself your core muscles have got to be on point! More than just bas this in cludes the side body, ribcage, lower and middle back. The "warm up" for my hip hop class lasts about 30min, of that 20 min is nothing but core work!

    The "cardio" aspect of hip hop doesnt even come close to the work that the core muscles get from learning and preparing to do things like freezes, kumping movements, the belly dance and martial arts movements and postures that are becoming popular in hip hop dance, and the good old classic breakin steps.

    I've seen the infomercial and i am sure that it would be a great and fun workout! BUT i would suggest Jamie King's new DVD and book. Jamie is an AMAZING dancer and choreographer (I'm set to take a class from him in New York this summer!!!!) and his approach to using hip hop as a work out is far more dance based. He goes through things like technique and alignment so that the risk of injury to a beginner is far less. His steps are also more current as far as style goes because he is actually working with many of the recording artists who's videos and tours feature hip hop right now.
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    Jul 17, 2007 12:58 PM GMT
    i just looked at the commercial on youtube and have to say "how freagin annoying". the only one with decent abs is the instructor and i would believe he does a lot more than that.

    people lost all the weight, because, for once they are exercising. any amount of exercise will give you weight loss if you have been sedentary.

    when the one lady say's "who wants to sit on the floor and do situps/crunches? they hurt". well, to get results you have to put in effort. lazy people love to do stuff in front of a t.v. w/o putting in real hard work.

    if you want killer abs - train like the guys with the killer abs ->gymnasts.
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    Jul 17, 2007 5:03 PM GMT
    "..."abs" are a function of bodyfat levels. Bodyfat levels of are function of cardio activity..."

    Exactly. You will be able to work on strength/size of abs by doing specific ab work, of course.

    But large, strong, weak, small abs....no matter what. If you want to see them, six pack, eight pack whatever their size or strength...it's body fat. Pure and simple.

    Lower your body fat and you'll see your abs. And gymnasts uniformly have low body fat.
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    Jul 17, 2007 6:04 PM GMT
    I own the "Hips Hop Abs" series by Shaun T. and I can tell you I love it, its fun and I personally find my abs respond best to standing workouts as opposed to crunches.

    I would highly recommend it if its something you are interested in and its only 80 bucks. Why not??
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    Jul 17, 2007 11:52 PM GMT
    I think like a lot of the fitness videos out there it is a craze that will be replaced by something else in a year or so.

    I'm not knocking it. I think it is great if people actually use it after they buy it. Of course my dad owns the following pieces of equipment.

    AB Glider
    Nordic Track
    Exercise Bike
    Treadmill
    Some Chair contraption
    and a big rubber band.

    They all sit in the garage where my mom's car should be. Collecting dust.

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    Jul 25, 2007 7:50 PM GMT
    I say the hip hop abs commercial yesterday. I think anyone who likes to dance would have a good time doing that.
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    Jul 25, 2007 7:51 PM GMT
    Correctiom: I saw