In order to up the ante as far as cross training goes, I decided to give an “Ab Ripper” video a shot. I’ve seen a few DailyMile friends using “Ab Ripper X,” part of the P90-X system, for core work previously. These Ab Ripper videos are from Tony Horton, a guy who makes videos intended to torture people. They are produced by “Beachbody,” a company that churns out many of these types of videos. I have no interest in a six pack, mind you; I just want to develop my core to help me with my running.
I scoured the ‘net and found a couple different options. First is “Ab Ripper 200,” an older video of a six minute ab routine. Six minutes can’t be that bad! I also found that the “Ab Ripper X” is just an add-on workout at the end of the P-90X series, but is available on Ebay as just a single DVD (the entire set is expensive!). Ab Ripper X is a longer workout; about 15 minutes, I believe. I ordered both.
The first to arrive was the older Ab Ripper 200. I popped this into the DVD player and proceeded to follow along during the (less than) 6 minute routine. You lie down for the entire thing, so even better! It took about 30 seconds for me to realize that there was a problem here. This is six minutes of non-stop, pure ab hell. The exercise are explained and demonstrated well, and Mr. Horton provides good tips while he tortures you. But this is not easy. I was able to do about 60% (maybe) of the exercises.
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I decided to do the video again the next evening. Same results; except I dropped to about a 50% success ratio. The following day, my entire abdominal region is on fire. I have a feeling that this should help me develop my (apparently non-existent) core moving forward. Perhaps I’ll get adventurous once my mid-section starts to feel normal again, and try the longer Ab Ripper X. How much torture can one take?
Enjoy your progress!