(Closed) Six-Week Six-Pack

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@EleanorRigby: I just bought this too, and got it in the mail yesterday. BOO. I was hoping to hear something good. Is it because she does a lot of plank moves? Maybe it’s also focused on strengthening your core? I haven’t tried it yet.

I also ordered her NO Trouble Zones DVD, it actually had some good ab exercises on it.

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Abs are a difficult muscle group to work!

I don’t have personal experience with the workout you speak of; however, it seems as if it uses more functional abdominal exercises as opposed to crunches. Crunches are not really functional and don’t really help with every day life. Your abs are stabilizer muscles and therefore are supposed to stabilize your torso while completing tasks outside of your normal body range. While doing functional abdominal exercises you need to focus on keeping your abs tight and your pelvis tilted forward. You won’t necessarily feel the “burn” the same way you will when you do crunches because your abs are more used to doing this type of activity because they do it everyday.

These type of exercises (if they are what you are doing) are a lot better for increasing ab functionality and strength!

ETA: Functional core exercises work your entire core (lower back, hip flexers and all types of abdominals) whereas crunches just work rectus abdominus which is one type of abdominal muscle.

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I don’t know that specific DVD–but I do the 30 Day Shred (I’m alternating between 1 & 2 right now). Do you know anyone that has P90X? Maybe you could borrow the Ab Ripper X DVD from that because let me tell you–you would definitely feel that one.

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@EleanorRigby: I hate the plank moves for that very reason. Especially the side plank. I broke my left shoulder years ago and it hasn’t ever been “right” since. It’s really hard for me to do them, but I might have to stick it out and give it a shot.Hope you hang in there, it gets better and you see results!

And thanks for the heads up!

Post # 8
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Fiance and I are doing the 6 week 6 pack. I agree that some of the exercises that require arm strength are really tough!! My least favorite (read: I can barely do it lol) is the one that is side plank where you are holding yourself up with your arm.
 
I think that it is a fantastic ab workout. We’ve been doing it for about 2 weeks and I definitely see a difference in both of us. It really focuses on burning the fat around the ab area, which is really important, through burning calories. When we first finished it my legs and arms were really sore but the next day both of us could REALLY feel the soreness in our abs. At one point during the day Fiance texted me and told him that he had just sneezed and it hurt all over.
 
I really think that because it works so many different body areas you don’t really notice the focus on the abs but I’d keep doing it for at least a few more days and see if you end up feeling it. Your abs may be really sore tomorrow, you never know. Good luck!

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Oh also I found that the really good ab part of the workout is where you push yourself to do the more advanced version of the move. For example there’s one that I think Jillian calls “diagonal get-ups” where you are lifting your leg and the opposite arm at the same time. When I do the beginner version of that particular move I don’t really feel it but once I started pushing myself to lift my body all the way up like the advanced girl does I feel it A LOT.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
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@EleanorRigby: Plank moves are the reason I switch back and forth between 1 & 2, I can’t do a lot of plank because of mild carpal tunnel–it just hurts my arms too much.

I just Googled Ab Ripper X and found a video link to Ab Ripper X online, it has the full 15 minute ab work out–check it out and see if it makes your tummy burn:

http://www.viddler.com/explore/getfitwithchad/videos/3/

 

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@Running Elley: I hate when you can’t even laugh or sneeze without your abs hurting! LOL …. When I first started exercising again five weeks ago, I swear my abs were so sore the act of pushing down a stapler (I guess you tense your ab muscles while doing that standing) KILLED my poor sore sad excuse for abs…hahaha

I swear, you guys should try No More Trouble Zones too. It kicked my butt.

Post # 12
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@latoya:Ab ripper X is a great ab workout!!

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@Mrs.tobe:It’s really funny how you realize what actions actually use specific muscles once you’re sore haha. When Fiance texted me that I was so happy because he never gets sore so that made me feel less pathetic for barely being able to sit down to go to the bathroom without just dropping the last few inches (maybe Too Much Information but whatever lol)!!

I really want to try NMTZ! So far I really like Jillian Michaels workouts. The 30DS was great and I really like 6 week 6 pack. NMTZ is next!

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@Running Elley: I totally did that once when I thought it was smart to do a ridiculous amount of lunges across the basement. I’m surprised the toilet withstood all that trauma!

ETA

@EleanorRigby: I have also learned that my shoulders are NOT in shape at all. I have a hard time doing any kind of shoulder press, etc exercise. This surprised me too.

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@EleanorRigby:My shoulders have been really sore since we started too. The good news though is that the exercises have also really helped with the back fat issues with at least my wedding dress. I’m in pretty good shape but I still had a little back flab and both the 30DS and the exercises from the 6 week 6 pack (especially that one where you lay on your stomach and lift your legs and arms up) have really helped me tone it up and there is a noticable difference when I wear my dress!

@Mrs.tobe:Squats really do it to me. Its the most embarrassing kind of soreness in my opinion!

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