As I finish each Beachbody workout and diet plan, I will write full reviews. I am not an employee or contractor of any kind for Beachbody, but I have explicitly followed their plans and I will write about my personal experiences with their programs. My results may not be typical. This is the first review.
The Hip Hop Abs 6 Day Slim Down diet and exercise plan claims users can lose up to 10 pounds and 3 inches off their waists in just the six days it takes to complete the plan. The 6 Day Slim Down is a combination of a protein-heavy meal plan and alternating Hip Hop Abs workout videos designed to target the waist and abs area. Here is a break down of each part of the plan, my impressions, and how it worked for me in my busy life.
6 Day Slim Down Eating Plan
The eating plan for this quick start diet eliminates all carbohydrates for the entire six days. The literature does make clear that this is to be used for only six days and a long term eating plan needs to include complex healthy carbs. I appreciated that was included since a lot of the “fad” diets just cut carbs and convince people that eating carbs is wrong, when it is absolutely necessary to keep the body healthy. The diet plan included a lean protein at just about every meal, but varied between types like chicken, fish, eggs, and cheese to name a few. The meals themselves had recipes that met the calorie requirements that were at least slightly different each day for a little bit of variety. Although the plan was only six days, some recipes were repeated and every day had a different type of salad for lunch, so it could be considered repetitive. I, personally, don’t like seafood or mushrooms, so I substituted and it didn’t seem to affect my results in any way. It did, however, make it even more repetitive since I found myself eating chicken pretty much every night.
It wasn’t too hard to fit the 6 Day Slim Down diet plan into my busy life. It did require a little pre-planning and shopping more often for the fresh foods that would spoil easier than the processed frozen foods I normally buy. I packed my lunches at night for the next day, so they were ready to go. I also had to change around the order of some snacks, because I just didn’t have time to make a shake or eat some of the snacks between classes in the morning. These slight modifications didn’t seem to affect the results.
Hip Hop Abs Fat Burning Cardio
Shaun T is a high energy hip hop choreographer who drives the Hip Hop Abs videos. He loves to lift up his shirt and show off his abs, and talk about his abs, and say the word abs a lot. In fact, he just likes to talk a lot. He doesn’t stop talking the whole workout. I don’t mind this at all, but I can see how some people may get annoyed with him easily. There is an option to make the music louder when the DVD starts and that way you only hear the music and not Shaun T. Perhaps the best part of the Hip Hop Abs videos are the counters at the bottom of the screen. There is a countdown clock for the entire video and also one for that particular part of the routine so you can really push yourself if there are only a few seconds left before a short “march in place” break. It seemed to make time go by a lot faster to see how much was left. One of Shaun T’s crew, Tonya, is also in both videos to keep doing the low impact version of the moves for beginners.
The Hip Hop Abs Fat Burning Cardio workout is about 30 minutes long, including warm up and cool down. Shaun T and his crew break down all the moves at a slower pace before bringing it up to tempo, so the routine is easy to pick up. The moves aren’t much different than your typical aerobics video, so even people with little rhythm should be able to do them. However, it does become more challenging to incorporate Shaun T’s “Tilt, Tuck, Tighten” method of standing abs into all the moves like he does. That, of course, is the hallmark of the Hip Hop Abs and just doing the moves without the “Tilt, Tuck, Tighten” will reduce results.
As a dance team coach, I really enjoyed the high energy and some of the moves of the videos. I was a bit disappointed that the moves were actually more like an aerobics video than a dance routine, but there were a few moves that were fun that could be put into a dance routine. Overall, I really liked the Hip Hop Fat Burning Cardio video.
Hip Hop Abs Total Body Burn
The second video in the rotation for the Hip Hop Abs 6 Day Slim Down is the Hip Hop Abs Total Body Burn. This routine is a bit longer at about 40 minutes and includes weight training intervals along with some cardio. It also works all muscle groups in the body. I found it more challenging than the Fat Burning Cardio because I’m terribly out of shape and I’ve never had a lot of upper body strength. In fact, I found, at first, I could not do the entire video as instructed and had to march in place while Shaun T and his crew finished the reps. By the end of the six days, though, I did push through and finished all the reps in the video without stopping, so I know I was getting stronger. I, personally, did not use weights, but instead kept it low impact. It would probably take me a couple of weeks to work up to using weights. In fact, I found myself following the low impact routines with Tonya, rather than always following Shaun T. I am sure with more time, I could do the high impact routines.
As promised, I lost up to 10 pounds (I lost 7.5 pounds) and 3 inches off my waist (I lost 2 1/2 inches) on the Hip Hop Abs 6 Day Slim Down. I can see a difference in the shape of my body and the way my clothes fit in just that short amount of time (you can see my before and after pictures here). It was an easy eating plan to follow for the six days and the Hip Hop Abs Fat Burning Cardio and Total Body Burn were easy to follow and challenging enough for me. People in better shape with less weight to lose may not see as dramatic results as I did, but if they follow the plan and the high impact videos, they will still get a good workout. I totally recommend the Hip Hop Abs 6 Day Slim Down as a jump start to a healthy eating and workout lifestyle.
If you have any questions for me, hit the comments. If you want to order your own Hip Hop Abs DVDs and 6 Day Slim Down plan, you can order at http://www.beachbodycoach.com/Heather903