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Get Ripped! to the Core Review

10 Mar

A functional workout that hits every muscle group in under 50 minutes? Where do I sign up!?

Yes, another Get Ripped DVD review; I truly think these are the BEST workout DVDs for at-home exercisers! No matter how tight your workout space is, you can set up an at-home gym on any budget! I’ve taken the guess-work out for you when it comes to selecting equipment to invest in:

  1. a yoga and/or exercise mat. select one that’s slip-resistant (i use a gaiam yoga mat). great for core exercises, yoga/Pilates, push-ups, etc.
  2. a step and/or bench (thankfully my mother had one when she participated in step aerobics back in the day!) can be used for chest press/fly exercises, triceps dips, rows, incline/decline planks & so-on. sporting goods stores have a wide variety of these; choose one that when you lie down, your entire back is supported (neutral alignment)
  3. dumbbells. when you’re first creating your home-gym, look for dumbbells that come in bundles; usually 3,5,8 lbs. since you pay by weight, this will be cheaper. 3,5,8 lbs. are appropriate weights for toning and endurance-based exercises.
  4. resistance bands & tubing. similar to dumbbells, you can purchase these in bundles; light, medium, and heavy levels are available. great for travelers since they pack well.
  5. stability ball. replace your desk chair and you can work your core indirectly (another two-fer!). keep in mind* when you’re choosing a stability ball, choose one based on your height: 4’8″-5’5″=45cm. 5’6″-6’=55cm. 6′-6’5″=65cm. this will ensure you have a 90degree angle from hips-knees-ankles.

There are plenty of other tools you can purchase, but like muscles, building a home gym doesn’t happen overnight. Start with the bare essentials; as both you and your muscles get stronger, invest in more equipment! Search websites like craigslist and Ebay for slightly-used equipment.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for..let’s review!

RED FLAG-This workout does not include a warm-up. I have not a clue as to why, but it goes from the main menu into the first track. A major no-no.

  1. Side Squats & Reverse Lunges. Probs my favorite track on the DVD; using your body-weight or dumbbells as resistance, you complete 2 side squats then 6 reverse lunges/side. A toning exercise while increasing your heart-rate.
  2. Up,Up,Down,Down Push-ups. Plank position, down to forearms then back up to push-up position. Intermixed with regular push-ups.
  3. Chest Press & Glute Bridge.
  4. Dead Lifts & Biceps Curls.
  5. Plie Squats & Upright Rows.
  6. Single-leg Bent-over Rows
  7. Elevated Side Squat & Lateral Raise (calorie burner & heart rate lifter!)
  8. Step-ups & Overhead Press
  9. Glute Extension & Triceps Kickback
  10. Abs

Rating: B+. The no warm-up frustrates me, not only because it’s just plain safe to incorporate a warm-up before exercising but also to motivate me. If I’m feeling like I need a kick-in-the-pants to get me moving, I can usually count on the warm-up to do just that.

Side Bridge Twist Plank

10 Nov

Exercise of the week! Side Bridge Twist Plank works both your rectus (6pack) and transverse (horizontal belt) abs, internal and external obliques (sides) and erector spinae (low back). You’ll find rather quickly that this exercise utilizes stabilizing muscles in your core, shoulders and lower body to help you balance! It may look easy, but don’t underestimate its difficulty; the goal is to maintain proper form and go through the movement slowly, so don’t worry about how many reps you can do.

Set-up:

  1. Start in plank pose on your toes.

Variation-knee plank. *Your range of motion will be limited because your knee will brush the mat.

Exercise:

  1. Maintaining balance-lift right hand and left leg off of the floor; bend elbow and knee while twisting.
  2. Hold for 1-2 seconds, return to the center and repeat with left hand and right leg= 1 rep.

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The wider you place toes in a plank position-the easier the exercise becomes! Greater base of stability=more balance. Try this technique will this exercise and as you get stronger and your balance improves, bring your toes closer together.