Today was the third time through Pure Cardio and it actually seemed a little less like Pure Hell this time. I continue to have swelling in my knee that really keeps me from being able to do these DVD’s pain free. Once again I made it all the way til Frog Jumps before I had to take an break. About 15 seconds of sucking wind and I was able to get back into it. From there I was pretty much good to go through the finish. I was a little concerned about having to go from Pure Cardio straight into Cardio Abs.
Seeing that this was the first time I had to do the Cardio Abs DVD, here is a little review of what it contains:
Looking at the bottom of the screen you see 17 minutes. OK not bad, that is the same as Ab-Ripper X and basically you know that the pain will be over shortly. It starts with a real brief warm-up. Basically 1 round of the warm-up that you do in Plyometric Cardio Circuit. This was probably not needed today as I was already drenched in sweat from Pure Cardio, but I did it anyways. A 30 second break and you get right into it.
Twisting High Knees, followed by Jump Rope, then into Power Jumps (Jump Knee Tucks in P90X) and finally Wide Power Jumps. (Basically Power Jumps with your legs spread out wider. Each of these lasts 30 seconds and the intensity is marched up higher and higher through each excercise.
A 30 second break and it is on to the C-Sit position. Basically sitting on your ass, with your back laid back a little bit and your feet out in front of you with your knees bent. Here is what you go through from this position.
Single Leg Raises and Double Leg Raises are fricking hard to do. Even that little cupcake Tania can’t do the damn things even with Shaun T drooling all over her.
But you are not done yet…. there is still 6 minutes of heaven to go!!!
Now we move on to the Plank Position part of the Abs workout, 30 seconds each excercise.
Thats it, you have finished Cardio Abs. I would have to say it is about on par with Ab-Ripper X as far as intensity. It did not hurt my lower back as much as Ab-Ripper does, so I would have to say I prefer it to Ab-Ripper, plus you don’t have to listen to that dipshit Tony Horton running his yap.
Rest day tomorrow then the fit test.