Lionsgate // 2012 // 45 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // January 27th, 2013
Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince deliver you some core strength.
The Biggest Loser: Power Ab Blast promises something elusive and highly sought after. Abs are tricky business, and something most people desire out of their fitness routines. The truth is when we gain weight we put it on first right around the gut, and when we lose it is the last place where fat melts away. Good abs require a low body fat percentage and a strong core. This DVD is hosted by Biggest Loser trainers Dolvett Quince and Bob Harper who show you what they claim are workouts straight off the mythical ranch where the contestants loose all that weight on TV. The difference in these workouts versus Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack is that these are shorter in duration and require a little less coordination. There aren't any crazy dance routines here, but plenty of jumping, marching, and crunching.
Workout #1 -- A standing ab class taught by Dolvett Quince. It requires that you have a medicine ball and enough room to twist and march in place. There is plenty of plank work as well. The duration of this workout is ten minutes. Dolvett does a nice job of correcting forms of his class which in turn will help some viewers get the right and proper execution.
Workout #2 -- This is another standing ab session but this time hosted by Bob Harper. He requires that you have one light dumbbell with you to complete the routine. Bob gives good advice to keep your form correct and abs tight. This routine lasts fifteen minutes, and is designed to be a heart-race increasing routine with a lot of jumping.
Workout #3 -- All Out Abs is a floor workout with Dolvett again. It looks a little bit like yoga with plenty of childlike poses and sun salutations, but primarily he is just trying to get you through a crunch routine. You will alternate leg and arm lifts and do variations on the plank. This one is ten minutes in length.
Workout #4 -- Bob returns for a more traditional yoga routine. Some of the positions may be tough for beginners or people new to yoga. Also be sure to move furniture out of the way because there is plenty of times where you kick your legs out up toward the ceiling. There are a lot of planks in here too, and the whole thing takes ten minutes from start to finish.
There are some nice things about this disc which makes it both endearing and useful. The first is they are using contestants from The Biggest Loser show, so you get to see normal people trying to figure out the routine probably as hard as you will. It's reassuring to see people struggle. They're never all in synch though, so it may make it tough to follow sometimes the first few times around. Each workout comes with an option to either hear the trainer give instruction or you can choose a music only version for when you know the routines all too well.
These four routines are quick and easy only requiring ten or fifteen minutes. I can see committing to this and being able to run one of these each day right when I wake up or just before a more intense workout. Most of them require jumping and the strength to hold a plank, so absolute beginners may find them challenging. Still, these are good solid routines that should help a user develop some core strength.
Guilty of making you torture yourself in your living room.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Music-Only Option