My back is sore and my arms feel like they’ve been beaten up.
But I feel good. And if my abs can look anything like these, I’d gladly do this workout again.
Doing Hip Hop Abs reminded me of MTV’s Groove workouts only better.
Okay, I did not get ripped abs right away but I actually felt sexier after 45 minutes of bumping and grinding. I’m thinking this maybe a workout I can actually stick to for months.
I accidentally learned about Hip Hop Abs through a conversation I overheard. The curious cat in me googled it and I found their website.
HHA’s claim is pretty ambitious and intriguing: Get flat, sexy abs without ever doing a single crunch or sit-up!
That sounds really good to me. I don’t like crunches. It’s the exercise I always flunked during physical fitness tests in elementary PE. I used to wonder how something that hurts your neck and abs can be good exercise but somebody told me, “no pain, no gain.”
So maybe, getting tight abs without doing crunches may sound too good to be true. But I think it won’t hurt to try. Besides, even if I don’t get ripped I’d most likely trim down from dancing and that’s good enough for me.
According to the website, Shaun T., the brains and body behind HHA, made this workout series February last year after extensive experience in dance choreography.
The welcome note on the website says he used to be 50 pounds heavier and he lost all the weight just by dancing. Next to that is a photo of him sporting six pack abs.
I could hear the skeptics say, Oh really? Who’s to say it’s not just a marketing ploy? True or not, I’d say it must have taken a lot of discipline to achieve that.
Still, I’ve got to see for myself.
I got a copy of the workout videos which consist of four sets of routines:
1. Secrets to Flat Abs. A couple of modified exercises to tighten and tone your abs plus Shaun T’s trademark Tilt-Tuck-Tighten technique.
2. Fat Burning Cardio. Sweat the fat off!
3. Ab Sculpt. More exercises to tone the abs but no crunches, promise!
4. Total Body Burn. Sweat ALL the fat off!
The routines range from 13 to 45 minutes and look pretty workable even for someone who is not exactly a dancer. (Trust me, I know.)
Three pieces of advice before you start:
1. Wear proper workout clothes. It could be something simple as a tank top and a pair of cycling shorts or something more elaborate like a Nike jacket and jogging pants combo. Wearing workout clothes not only ensures a comfy workout, it also gets you in the mood. Before, I tried doing my Pilates workout without changing out of my pajamas and ended up crawling back into bed.
2. Have a large water bottle handy. Because you’re gonna sweat. A lot. Think water equals energy so hydrate, hydrate and hydrate.
3. Do it in a private room. Whether it’s your bedroom, den or living room, make sure no one can see you doing the moves…. just yet. Unless you’re a professional dancer, I have to admit you’re gonna look pretty awkward on your first try. Maybe even on your second and third try. But what’s important is you’re moving and sweating those unwanted fats away. Besides, looking a little crazy dancing is a small price to pay for health and fitness.
So how was my experience?
I tried the Fat Burning Cardio and I felt pretty good. I was sweating hard after about 15 minutes and I could feel my whole body working. At first, I couldn’t help watching the timer and thinking, is it just me or their timer is kinda slow? But when I really got into the moves, I hardly noticed I had finished the entire routine.
The exercises slash hip hop dance moves are sequenced in a way that would really get your heart racing. But just when you feel like your lungs are gonna burst, the next move shifts to something slow and easy so you could catch your breath.
After the workout, my cheeks were flushed and I was breathing hard for a bit but I didn’t feel tired at all.
I was actually energized and that, I think, is what a good workout should make you feel.
Another important thing to do with this workout, and I guess any other workout you choose, is JUST HAVE FUN!
I think getting fit should be fun. Because if the workout feels like a chore or leaves you crawling in pain after, why would you want to do it again, right?
Maybe some people believe in “No pain, no gain.” And that’s fine.
But I believe in “Have fun to get fit and fabulous.” Okay, that doesn’t exactly rhyme, but I think it’s better.
*Photo from Hip Hop Abs site