Rev Abs Exercise Program Review

9.38/10

Rev Abs Exercise Program Review

9.38/10

Quick Overview
  • Difficulty
    Advanced
  • Cost
    Average
  • Trial Period
    30 Days

The Rev Abs fitness program is a collaborative effort between Brett Hoebel and Beachbody. Bret Hoebel is a fitness instructor who has been involved in a variety of television fitness programs and has published numerous health and fitness articles in various magazines.

Beachbody, founded in 1998, is a company that focuses on producing at-home DVD/VHS-based fitness programs. Since Beachbody's inception, they have produced several successful and extremely popular fitness programs including P90X, Slim in 6, Power 90, Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Abs and Yoga Booty Ballet.

The Rev Abs fitness program utilizes three primary principles to deliver rapid health and fitness results: Abcentrics™, cardiovascular interval training and strength training. Abcentrics is a training technique that targets the core and abdominal area through 6 different angles. In comparison, most abdominal exercises target the core area through just 1 or 2 angles. The end result is an abdominal workout that is highly effective and designed to provide rapid results. The cardiovascular interval training is designed to elevate your heart rate, promote effective caloric expenditure and challenge your cardiovascular endurance. The strength training portion of the Rev Abs fitness program is intended to increase lean muscle tissue, increase your metabolic rate so that your body burns more calories on a daily basis, and create a well-toned and sculpted physique.

The Rev Abs fitness program is a well-balanced fitness program that provides solid health and fitness results. In addition, the Rev Abs fitness program is especially ideal for individuals that are looking to reduce excess body weight and tone their core and abdominal area.

Pros

  • Contains 9 Individual Workouts
  • Strong Focus on the Core Area of the Body
  • Great for Individuals Who Have Not Worked Out Regularly

Cons

  • Requires Additional Support Equipment

Intent of Fitness Program

The Rev Abs fitness program focuses on a specific set of workouts designed to strengthen the abdominal and core muscles. The program combines cardiovascular and strength training workouts to produce a strong and well-defined set of abdominals.

The cardiovascular-oriented workouts are meant to be performed at a high level of intensity (approximately 60% to 75% of your cardiovascular capacity) in order to burn calories and reduce your overall amount of excess body weight. The strength training workouts generally focus on developing abdominal and core strength while improving overall body strength at the same time.

The Rev Abs fitness program includes the following:

  • Abcentrics & How to Capoeira Workout
  • Fire Up Your Abs Workout
  • Power Intervals Workout
  • Total Strength & Mercy Abs
  • Fat-Burning Abs Workout
  • Power Intervals 2 Workout
  • Strength & Endurance & Merciless Abs Workout
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guide
  • Rev it Up Cardio Workout
  • Anytime Anywhere Abs Workout
  • RevAbs Wall Calendar
  • Fat Caliper Measurement Tool
  • A Rev Guide - Defines the overall workout program and provides tips on how to get the most from the program

Primary Areas Worked

The Rev Abs fitness program is designed to increase the total number of calories that you burn on a daily basis. By doing so, you will begin to reduce the amount of subcutaneous fat that rests on top of your muscle tissue, especially your abdominal muscles.

At the same time, the Rev Abs fitness program is designed to increase the strength of not only the abdominal and core muscles, but the overall muscular structure as well.

The Abcentrics & Capoeira workouts introduce you to the African/Brazilian art of capoeira, a martial arts-infused dance that combines a variety of total body movements and sequenced kicks to create a flowing movement. The workout breaks down several components of capoeira and uses them as exercise tools. The exercises include various shuffle movements that will work your cardiovascular capacity, and kicking maneuvers that will develop overall coordination, flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning and muscular development.

The additional cardiovascular programs, interval and strength, are a bit more standard. These exercise programs consist of exercises like the dumbbell jack-knife to work your shoulders, abs and thigh muscles, scissor lunges to work the muscles of your lower body and elevate your heart rate, and various other exercises that will work your abs and obliques.

Program Length/Frequency

Each Rev Abs workout ranges from 25 to 50 minutes in duration. The workouts are DVD/VHS-based, so you can perform them at whatever time is convenient. The Rev Abs fitness program includes a fitness guideline and calendar to show you which workouts you should be performing on which days, and how you are expected to progress through the overall program.

Additionally, the Rev Abs fitness program includes a nutritional guide and plan that has dietary tips and meal plans designed to be used during the 4- to 6-week exercise program. Ultimately, you will be expected to perform 5 to 6 workout sessions per week, with one or two days of rest.

Effectiveness/Results of the Program

The Rev Abs fitness program has proven to be quite effective for individuals that perform the exercise routines as scheduled while following the fitness guidelines and nutritional plan. However, results will be lessened for individuals that erratically perform the exercise routines, or who do not follow the dietary recommendations.

The Rev Abs fitness program has produced success stories that range from 13 to 19 pounds of weight lost, a reduction of 4 to 8 inches off the waist line, and a noticeable decrease in body fat percentage. If you adhere to the Rev Abs exercise program and to the dietary meal plan, there is no reason why you should not be able to achieve similar results. Naturally, your results will depend on your baseline fitness level, how closely you adhere to the program, and your level of intensity when performing the exercises.

Equipment/Space Requirements

The Rev Abs fitness program requires an exercise mat and a set of dumbbells. Both are necessary to perform the ground exercises and several of the strength training exercises.

You will need a reasonable amount of space to perform the workouts. More specifically, you will need floor space to perform the plank (core) routines, for the dumbbell exercises that are designed to improve strength, and to perform the martial arts-oriented cardiovascular routines.

Physical Requirements

The Rev Abs fitness program may be difficult to begin if you are significantly out of shape, or if you have significant pain in the lower back and/or joints. While the Rev Abs fitness program may ultimately assist in reducing pain in these areas, they may ultimately hinder your ability to perform the exercises with a high level of regularity.

The Rev Abs fitness program is best suited for individuals who are mildly to moderately fit and are looking to lose weight and achieve a more defined midsection. The program is largely oriented toward the abdominal and core sections of the body, though a large number of the exercises will work the other muscle groups as well.

Support

The Rev Abs fitness program is a Beachbody product and benefits from the following customer support services:

  • Online message board community
  • 24/7 customer support telephone line
  • Online FAQ database
  • Online email customer service
  • Live chat support

Cost

The Rev Abs fitness program costs two monthly payments of $ 39.95 plus $ 12.95 for shipping and handling. Hence, the total cost of the Rev Abs fitness program is approximately $ 90.00. For this price you will receive 9 workout routines, two guidelines, a wall calendar and a fat caliper tool.

This being said, the Rev Abs fitness program is reasonably priced for what you receive in terms of the quality and effectivness of the workout routines and the support items. The Rev Abs fitness program may be ideal for individuals that are looking for a fitness program that is moderately difficult to perform.

However, if cost is not a concern, for approximately one additional payment you could purchase the more comprehensive P90X or Insanity fitness programs, both produced by Beachbody. The P90X and Insanity fitness programs provide a much more complete exercise routine that is designed to produce a total body transformation in a shorter period of time. However, it should be noted that both the P90X and Insanity fitness programs are aggressive programs that are physically demanding to perform.

Summary

The Rev Abs fitness program is an effective workout system that truly focuses on the abdominal and core area of the body. If you perform the exercise workouts as scheduled and adhere to the dietary meal plans, you will see a significant reduction in excess body fat, improvements in cardiovascular endurance, and increases in strength and muscle tone.

For individuals seeking an abdominal/core-focused fitness program, the Rev Abs fitness routine is a sound choice. The Rev Abs fitness program offers multiple exercise approaches, each designed to target a different aspect of good health and fitness. Coupled with the dietary guide, the Rev Abs fitness program is well-rounded and provides a solid foundation for individuals who are looking to effectively lose weight and improve their overall level of fitness and health.