Several years ago I purchased Billy Blanks Bootcamp workout kit. The workout kit included Basic Training Bootcamp, Cardio Bootcamp Live, Ultimate Bootcamp, Ab Bootcamp and Resistant Bands.
The Ab Bootcamp fitness dvd is 35 minutes long. In the beginning of the workout Billy Blanks starts out with a warm up and stretching. There is a 15 minute standing Ab workout and there is a 15 minute floor Ab workout.
Within the first 5 minutes I could feel the burn. In this workout features a lot of crunches. This workout is more than just an Ab workout but it works the total body. It combines cardio and strength training. Billy Blanks is very motivational and make working out very fun. I never get bored when working out to Billy Blanks fitness dvds.
I have seen visible results doing this workout within 4 weeks of using it. My core felt stronger, my abs had flatten out much more than it was before starting the workout program and my posture had improved.
This is an excellent fitness dvd and would recommend it.
He really gets you working!
I like workout videos because I hate the gym and I can't seem to get motivated on my own. I actually watch this one in piece on Youtube from a woman who broke up the tapes and uploaded them. Talk about a free workout! Even though he's dressed in weird outfits, I actually find that more fun. Entertainment that is meaningful!
Billy works the abs without always requiring the boring and painful-on-the-back crunches. There are (shocking) less painful ways to work the abs! Yay!
I feel like Billy talks right to me and shows the right and wrong to the ways we're holding our bodies while exercising. The only negative thing I have to say about the videos are that he often does too many warm up exercises. I just fast-forward when I feel that my warmup is enough.
I recommend these videos to anyone stuck in on a winter day (like me) and wants to get in a quick ab workout. I feel like I'm in a gym working out with an instructor!
35 Minute Ab Routine-standing & floor moves
Billy Blanks, 2005
This is a 35 minute ab workout. The first half is standing ab work and the second half is floor work. I really felt all the moves were pretty darn unique. I personally have not seen most of them elsewhere. While its not a killer routine, I always feel it the next day. It includes a ton of oblique work! Billy stresses slimming the waist (by twisting and such) and strengthening (crunches, etc) and that both are important to good abs. This workout actually didnt really strike me as a kickboxing workout-no punches or kicks.
The workout may have a very mild cardio effect because for the first part you are standing and pulling your knees in, etc. sometimes at a pretty quick pace. The standing routine includes (a lot of) twisting, knee pulls, side knee pulls, etc.
You could easily split this w/o up and stop or start after the standing work. The floor work includes side crunches where you pull your knee into your elbow, some lying ab work, and other unique crunch variations.
I would rate this as a solid intermediate ab workout. I enjoy the workout because its so unique and I do feel it works my muscles in a different way than just doing typical ab work. Billy is a counter "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8" so if that annoys you, you probably wont like many Tae Bo w/o's.
Bevery Hills, CA
Billy Blanks Ab Bootcamp really works
Billy Blanks makes great workout videos. I have several of his DVD's and use them often. I believe you need to be a little athletic to begin this series. You can't just get off the couch and one day decide to workout. This is an extreme workout there is no warming up to it at all. It works great if you follow his program. It is great to do an ab workout that does not have you on the floor the whole time. Billy Blanks incorporates many different ways to work the stomach muscles not just laying down and doing different crunches. The Bootcamp ab workout works the sides of your stomach where most people need help especially after having four kids it has come in really handy for me. My favortie thing is all the different ways to work the abs, incorporating your legs and kicking makes it more fun and easier to get to work and get the job done. I would recommend this video to anyone who has a background in working out it is a great DVD.
Why don't you just kill me and get it over with, Billy?
I have given birth to two kids. I am older than almost everyone on earth. (Almost 43) and, although I am thin, my stomach has always been the one spot I could never really get firm and toned. I decided I was going to force my abs to look sleek and toned even if it killed me. Well, **Billy Blanks - Ab Bootcamp** felt like it was going to. It was TOO hard for me! If you can get through this, you don't need it because you're obviously already very fit.
Billy Blanks has my respect. I enjoy Tae Bo. But I *HATE* **Billy Blanks - Ab Bootcamp.**
**Why Do You Have So Much Venom, Patty?**
Well, let's see. I am an over 40 woman who lives a fairly inactive life. I don't run marathons or operate heavy machinery. I write. And then I write some more. My fingers are in great shape but the rest of me needs some pushing to stay fit.
As I said above, my abs are my weak spot. For one, I hate doing ab exercises so I don't. Which makes the problem worse.
I bought **Billy Blanks - Ab Bootcamp** because I vowed to whip my abs into shape and no one does it better than Billy. He is a tough but sympathetic instructor.
And then I did the DVD. I expected tough. I got impossible. Come on! Who could ever do all the ab work on this DVD without already being a total gym rat? You name an ab exercise you have done, heard or, of saw someone on TV do and it's on this DVD. It's crunches and twists and stretches, OH MY!
I have a prior neck injury so traditional sit ups and things that strain my neck are extra painful for me. This workout strains the neck. A LOT. Possibly part of the reason my neck hurt so much was because it was doing the work my abs were too weak to do.
Billy takes you through a bevy of gut wrenching (Literally) exercises and will not give you a break. You work then work some more then work MORE. I do like that some exercises are done standing and the thighs are involved in some of the moves.
I absolutely believe that this workout will give ANYONE flatter, more toned abs. I also absolutely believe that anyone who can breeze through this doesn't need it.
Since I abandoned this DVD, I have discovered a little silly looking machine called the 6 Second Ab. It works for me with NO crunches and no neck pain. No, I won't have a six pack gut in four weeks but I also won't have neck pain, abs that scream in pain, and frustration to deal with.
Billy, you outdid yourself - and me - on this one. I can't do it and I'm not going to try anymore.
This is an excellent ab workout DVD for the serious exerciser who is devoted to firming, toning, and flattening the abs. It will work. You just have to know that you will be screaming in pain doing the workout and that you may experience back and neck pain, not to mention that your abs will feel like someone reached in and ripped out your innards then put them back in wrong.
How to rate? ***I give this 3 stars***. It is a great workout, no doubt. But it just too hard for the common at home exerciser who wants to tone his or her abs but isn't training to be in some sort of best body competition.
Go slow, do what you can, and stop when it hurts. Nothing is worth an injury, not even sleek six pack abs. I find the Pilates 100 and other Pilates ab work to be as beneficial and far less painful. (More on Pilates in other reviews.)