Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Billy Blanks Tae Bo Abs Review

Billy Blanks, 2004

This is a mostly standing 25 minute ab routine led by Billy with 10-15 background exercisers. The set has pictures of Billy and other fitness type stuff hanging in the background with bright red carpet. You dont need any props for this workout.

After a quick warmup you move into a 22 minute standing ab routine. Billy does a lot of standing twisting-you stand in a pliet stance and twist your torso back & forth. He does side bend knee pulls, pulling the knee across the body, quick twisting, and a little bit of punching while twisting. I have a really bad neck so I couldnt keep my arms raised the entire time like he has, but I dont think that seriously detracted from my workout.

After the standing work you get a "bonus" floor strengthening routine that is about 5 minutes or so. You do some full sit-up variations and other crunch variations before moving into your stretch.

I would rate this a solid intermediate workout. Its fun and very different from my other ab w/o's. As typical in Tae Bo, Billy & the crew do count the entire time "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8" I know that annoys some. He is not too overzealous in this one. This w/o has a nice place in my w/o  collection.


  1. Hi Lindsey,

    My favorite smoothie is:

    1 cup milk
    frozen banana + handful of frozen strawberries.
    1 tablespoon peanut butter
    and scoop of designer whey chocolate protein powder.
    You can add ice if wanted to make it thicker.

    Blend and enjoy!

  2. Aw, that "Coolest Person" Award is so cute! You could have it framed for the Hello Kitty Gym.

  3. I haven't tried protein powder yet so usually make smoothies with yogurt, skim milk and frozen fruit of which my freezer seems to have an endless supply. Favorite combination is frozen bananas, strawberries, and blueberries with any yogurt I have that matches in its flavor and skim milk.

    and Lindsey you are super cool

  4. Keep the protein powder smoothie recipes coming!