DVD Review: Crunch Free Xtreme Abs with Jackie Warner

October 7, 2011 · 6 comments

Today’s DVD review is from my new intern, Laura!  Please give her a warm welcome by leaving a comment on her very first guest post here on SarahFit.com!

Hi readers, I’m the new intern, Laura! I’m a student at BC, a personal trainer, and a fitness enthusiast. I’m reviewing Jackie Warner’s Crunch Free Xtreme Abs DVD. The DVD has two separate routines that you only need a pair of light dumbbells for. I don’t keep dumbbells in my dorm so I used two empty water bottles filled with sand and gravel, but one of the girls demonstrating does modifications sans dumbbell.

I personally hate crunches and think there are more efficient ways to work your core, so I was excited to see what creative routines Jackie could come up with. Both workouts are about 15 minutes long; one is a standing crunch routine, the other a floor workout. Although the standing routine was fast-paced and used some of my favorite exercises like dumbbell swings and figure 8’s, I didn’t necessarily find it that challenging in terms of working my abs, but she puts you in a lot of lunge and squat positions that definitely started to make my legs a little tired.

I didn’t really feel like I had done that much after I finished though, so I was glad to get to the floor routine. The floor workout is exponentially more challenging! It’s basically 15 minutes straight of already fairly difficult exercises (planks, side planks, leg lifts, etc.), made harder. She does some supermans and bridge exercises for your lower back and glutes to so that your whole core area is engaged and not just your abdominals.

Overall, spending the 30 minutes to do both workouts in succession gives you a pretty decent workout, so I’ll grade this a B (C for the standing routine, A- for the floor routine). I’ll incorporate a lot of the floor exercises into my core workouts, but there are definitely better standing ab routines out there.  If you want something really challenging, I would start with Jackie’s floor routine, go straight into Sarah’s Standing Crunch-less Workout, and back into another round of the floor routine. I did this yesterday and my abs were EXHAUSTED by the end!

Question Of The Day: What ab move do you think is a waste of time and needs to be retired?

Don’t forget to check out some of my other favorite DVD reviews featuring great abs.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marla-Deen October 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I can’t help it but I think the basic knees bent/hands behind head crunches are a waste of time! There are so many more effective moves out there now – why waste the time?? That’s just me though, maybe. . . always needing the most effecient move!

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2 Sarah October 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Yes they are for most athletes but for beginners and obese people starting out, they are pretty challenging. Def a beginner exercise though.

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3 Julia October 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Great review Laura! Thorough, informative and entertaining to read. :) As for the ab exercise, I really don’t like the basic sit-up. I find it hurts my neck and jaw, which probably means I am not engaging my core enough / doing it right. However, I actually do enjoy basic crunches, especially when I lift my legs up off the ground to make crunches more challenging. I like them because you can do crunches anywhere, and personally, I begin to “feel the burn” within a minute or so. :)

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4 Andreea Ojog April 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Hi Sarah,

I really enjoy your YouTube videos and was wondering if you are planning to bring out your own exercise DVD? I’m sure it would be a great success. Thanks for inspiring me to exercise :)

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5 Sarah April 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I already do! It’s called JCore – http://Jcorebody.com Check it out :)

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6 Kylie October 26, 2012 at 5:08 am

i have been using this dvd for just over a month now i think i started off doing both sections and now am doing one i do the standing one one week and the floor the next , also a 5k walk most days just wondering if some one can tell me when i should start seeing results ? im a 45kg small build , have just had a baby 6 months ago and the bottom of my belly isnt as “tight” as it use to be .. hope some one can help so i can keep motivated :)

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