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Here’s some good news–P90X2 Ab Ripper is on the schedule just once per week in Phase I (that number will increase to two in Phase II). Compared to three times a week for the original Ab Ripper X, there’s a good reason to feel relieved. The not so good news is not really news because you should’ve realized this from reading my other P90X2 reviews–the exercises in P90X2 are so core intensive that a separate ab/core workout is redundant. P90X2 Ab Ripper is for people who aren’t just looking for a powerful core, but also want the ripped abs to go with it, too. P90X2 Ab Ripper will focus in and train your abdominal muscles to ensure that every striation is chiseled out.
If you’re reading this, you may be a P90X graduate. After at least three months of Ab Ripper X, you’re probably proficient at it. Don’t feel too cocky, because P90X2 Ab Ripper will humble you. If you think the universe of different ab exercises have been exhausted, P90X2 Ab Ripper will prove you wrong. There are many more exercises out there, just waiting to make your abs miserable. Get ready to feel the burn with ten new ab/core routines.
One of the things I hated about Ab Ripper X was that it is done immediately following a regular workout. P90X2 Ab Ripper has not changed this format. I really wish Tony would’ve integrated more ab exercises into the routine like he did for the One-On-One series instead of breaking them out into a separate workout. After busting my ass for over an hour, I do not want to do a separate mini workout for another sixteen minutes. It takes massive discipline to push play for a second time. I would like to cut P90X2 Ab Ripper from my life altogether, but I would feel like I’m cheating myself if I don’t do it.
Obviously from the name, P90X2 Ab Ripper is all about your abs, and a bit of lower back conditioning as well. The only gear you will need is a yoga mat. Working out with Tony in P90X2 Ab Ripper is Bobby Stevenson, a familiar face from P90X and Power90, Alfonso, and Colette. Bobby is easy-going as always, but we know nothing about Alfonso or Colette because Tony doesn’t formally introduce them. I am an immediate fan of Colette because my first daughter has the same name, and she’s smoking hot. Bobby, Alfonso, and Colette use impeccably form demonstrating the moves in P90X2 Ab Ripper. Bobby shows how to do modifications.
Breaking down P90X2 Ab Ripper
Scissor Twist. Lie on your back with your legs straight and extended. Start with the left leg about six inches off the floor and the right leg perpendicular to your body. Alternate lowering the raising the legs in a scissor-like motion. As you do so, twist your torso and touch the foot of the raised leg with the hand opposite to it (for example, if your right leg is raised, use your left hand to touch the foot). Hold this position for 1-2 seconds each time. Don’t cheat by trying to rush through. Do twenty reps.
Row Your Boat. Start in the sitting boat position, with your legs straightened and extended in front of you, and feet about 18-24 inches off the ground. Your torso is straight, and at a slight angle to the floor. Your arms are extended and parallel with your legs. Bend your knees and bring your legs close to your body without letting your feet touch the floor. While you are bending your knees, simultaneously bend your arms as if you were rowing a boat. Return to the starting position. Repeat twenty times.
Superman/Banana X. Lie on your back with your torso and legs raised off the ground. The point of contact should be your butt, and your body is slightly bowed like a banana. Spread your arms and legs so that they form an “X.” Using just your core muscles, flip your body around so that you are now lying on your stomach with your torso and legs raised off the ground. Maintain this position for 1-2 seconds. Repeat and flip over on each side ten times.
Oblique Roll. Begin by doing an oblique crunch. Start off lying on your side with your legs extended and feet together. Your legs should be slightly angled in relation to your torso. Place one arm behind your head and the other on the ground for support. Simultaneously lift your legs and your torso off the ground. Try to touch the elbow of the non-support arm to your thigh. Your obliques should really feel the burn. When you’ve completed one crunch, roll over and do the same on the other side. Alternate doing crunches on either side until you have reached twenty reps. Do not drop your feet to the ground until you’ve completed the entire exercise. Obliques are those muscles that run along the side of your waist. They are prominent in Greek and Roman statues. If you want that look, this is the exercise for them.
Roll V Hold. This exercise is the same thing as Roller Boat in P90X2 Core. You start off lying on your back on a yoga mat with your legs tucked to your chest and wrapped in place with your arms. Roll your body forward and at the end of the roll, extend your legs and arms into the flying boat position (legs 18-24 inches off floor, arms extended parallel to legs, torso at a slight angle to the floor). Hold for 2-5 seconds, then return to the balled up lying position by rolling backwards. This is thankfully not a tough exercise. Repeat twenty times.
Abrinome. I despite this ab exercise. It’s a tough little mother. That’s probably why it’s good for me. Lie on your back with your legs extended and perpendicular to your body. Your arms are extended to either side of your body. On Tony’s cue, drop your legs to one side of your body at a 45 degree angle to the floor and hold for about 5-10 seconds. Keep your shoulders firmly on the ground. Return to the starting position, and then drop your legs to the other side. As you alternate from side to side, keep your legs on one plane. When you look at your legs, they should be moving like windshield wipers, not wobbly like a gyroscope. Another exercise that will tear up your obliques.
Gate Bridge Lift. A somewhat traditional ab exercise in the mix. This one will work your lower abs. Do this exercise while lying on your back. Place your hands underneath your lower back between the arch. Straighten and extend your legs, keeping the feet together. Flexing your feet makes this exercise slightly harder. Raise your legs until they are perpendicular to your body. When they are at the highest point, thrust your butt off the ground to activate the mid abs. Lower your legs to about six inches off the floor, and spread the feet out as far as possible. Return to the starting position and perform twenty reps. Your feet does not touch the floor until you have finished the entire exercise.
Phelan Twist. Basically, isometric ab work. It doesn’t seem like much, but your upper abs will be burning. Sit up and lean your torso back as far as possible without letting your feet rise off the ground. Twist your body to the right and hold the position for about five seconds. Center your torso and twist your body to the left. Keep doing this until Tony tells you to stop (which will seem forever). You won’t seem to be doing anything but sitting still, yet your abs are screaming with agony.
Scissor Clapper. There are no isometric holds, so this exercise will fly by. Start in the sitting position. Raise and lower your legs in a scissor motion. Clap your hands between your legs each time. Do thirty reps. Going fast for a change is a big relief.
Tornado. Another tough exercise to work the obliques. Lie on your back and raise your legs so that it is nearly perpendicular to your body. Keeping your feet together, rotate your legs in a wide clockwise motion. As your feet passes the midway point of your body, thrust your butt off the ground to increase the intensity level. Do ten rotations, then switch to a counterclockwise motion and do ten more rotations.
Balance Bikes. Sit on your butt and raise your legs off the floor about 12-18 inches. Lock your hands behind the back of your neck. Move your legs in a slow motion as if you were pedaling a bicycle. As you bend one leg, twist your body so that the opposite elbow makes contact with the knee. Hold this position for 1-2 seconds. Alternate sides, and use a slow controlled motion. Do about twenty reps.
Because I have mastered Ab Ripper X, P90X2 Ab Ripper was a frustrating experience. I felt like a beginner again, trying to get used to new ab exercises which left my midsection in knots. Fact is, P90X2 Ab Ripper is a great ab/core workout. You will be cursing Tony under your breath the entire time. The best thing I can say about P90X2 Ab Ripper is that I hate it, and I dread doing it.
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