How to Get Ripped Abz – Hollywood Style (<----Note the Sarcasm)

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Note:  I tried to embed the video, but for some reason I’m having a brainfart this morning and couldn’t figure it out.  To that end, you’ll have to click on the link to see the video.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these types of blog posts, so I figured I’d revisit my old blogging roots and have a little fun today.

I happened to catch this story on the FRONT freakin page of Yahoo last night, and just had to share it with all of you – mainly because I know many of you would appreciate the absolute redunkulousness of it.

Okay, if you can make it through the entire video without:



2. Resisiting the urge to set your face on fire.

You win!


For those who couldn’t make it all the way through, let me recap the entire routine for you:

1. Leg raises — 12 reps, 2 sets each
2. Diagonal isometrics — 3 reps per side, 8 seconds each
3. Breathing exercise 1 — Inhale for 5 seconds and slowly exhale, 3 reps
4. Breathing exercise 2 — While taking quick breaths, tighten, inhale, and exhale, 12 reps
5. Ball crunches — 17 reps

For the record, here are my thoughts on ball crunches.

With that out of the way, I almost feel like this is the type of routine that someone would come up with on a whim.  You know, kind of like when you’re trying to stall someone, but you don’t really know what to say or do, so you just start making stuff up as you go:

“Here, grab this! Swing it around for 37 seconds.  Sing Humpy Dumpty while you do it.   Now, uh, come over here.  Put your hands over your head. Jump up and down on this BOSU ball for 13 minutes and seven seconds .  Feel it?  Okay, so now we’re going to, ummmmm, come over here and blow up these balloons while doing crunches on a stability ball.  68 reps. 

I have a pet Unicorn! Weeeeeeeeeee.”

Seriously, there was absolutely no rhyme or reason to that routine what-so-ever.  How in the hell do you differentiate between exhaling 15% of our air as opposed to 22%??  And, I’m pretty sure that somewhere out there, Dr. Stuart McGill just punched a hole through a wall after watching that disaster.  Worse case scenario, a small piece of his soul just died.  I mean, what ab routine wouldn’t be complete with dedicated TA training and spinal flexion galore – two components of ab training that, coincidentally, Dr. McGill completely poo-poo’s on in both of his books Low Back Disorders and Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance?!

Whatever.  To each his own I guess.  Oh, Hollywood, thanks for the entertainment.

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Comments for This Entry

  • Rees

    My insides hurt from watching that.

    May 25, 2011 at 7:44 am | Reply to this comment

  • Smitty

    Loved it! Going into the routine tonight, thanks Tony!

    May 25, 2011 at 8:24 am | Reply to this comment

  • Dean Somerset

    My favorite line of all was when he had her doing the breathing exercises - "All my clients sweat while doing this." And I love the before and after picture in the same workout. I think she may have had some numbenss down her hammies from that one.

    May 25, 2011 at 8:46 am | Reply to this comment

  • Stephen Holt

    Funny, I can't get my ab muscles to "surround the fingers" :-)

    May 25, 2011 at 8:49 am | Reply to this comment

  • Jonathan Goodman

    I wonder if Taylor approved the video or was too busy making sure that he doesn't eat carbs before bedtime? Thanks for beating up that exercise ball. Those things need to have the pain brought down on them and, since Armageddon isn't until October, matters need to be taken into our own hands.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:23 am | Reply to this comment

  • Mike M

    Tony, Great post, as usual. I always envisioned doing that to the swiss ball under someone when they're doing crunches or something similarly asinine. That said, I've been using the swiss ball for rehab of my rotator cuff impingement. I've been doing pushups on the swiss ball and rhythymic stabilizations in the quadrupled position elevated/at level with the ball. Just wondering if you find these exercises valuable in addition to those listed in your recent post. Mike

    May 25, 2011 at 10:48 am | Reply to this comment

  • Kashka

    Saw the headline on yahoo yesterday, wasn't even tempted to watch it. Funny thing though, I hurt my lower back trying to get too much arch while benching.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:19 am | Reply to this comment

  • Mike A

    That chick is gonna have a diesel TVA if she keeps doing that draw-in exercise.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:49 am | Reply to this comment

  • Lauryn

    I wonder how many people are going to pass out at their gym now from lack of oxygen while doing the first breathing exercise. Just ludacris.

    May 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Matt Semrick

    That's genius...I'm going to switch to doing 17 reps of everything. I'm chewing gum right now for 17 fast slow

    May 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply to this comment

  • JB

    Great, I watched that video and now my back hurts.

    May 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Tony Gentilcore

    Honestly, I can't hate on Taylor. Well, I can, but the guy is waaaaaaaaaay more diesel now than I was at his age. I have to give some credit where it's due. Either way, he doesn't know any better, and something tells me that he'd have abs in spite of whatever smoke and mirrors routine he's following. I just find it unfortunate that this is the type of nonsense that gets publicized in the mainstream media. On the bright side of things, in the past few weeks I have seen articles on Yahoo's homepage from the likes of Jim "Smitty" Smith, Nick Tumminello, Kevin Neeld, etc. So there are SOME quality trainers getting their due. It's just not enough.

    May 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Juliet

    I think I got a better ab workout laughing from this post than I would if I tried that. Perhaps I should start looking at yahoo more frequently for this kind of entertainment?

    May 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Kujo

    Man, that was one pathetic,awkward video (I LMAO during the breathing ab exercises). Punctuated by that awkward high double high 5 at the end. :) What was with that random dietary guideline at the end of the vid? Yahoo should be ashamed of this ish.

    May 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Reply to this comment

  • joe

    Another classic I'm 16 again workout and want ABZ yes spelt with a Z. On another note - I'm off to see Dr McGill in Manchester, England soon. Just had to share that! BOOM! I dunno why I had to share that with everyone, but I did!

    May 26, 2011 at 9:56 am | Reply to this comment

  • Darrel

    Ummm Tony, did you wait to watch the end of the clip? Give the guy some credit, look at the results after only 10 min! The only thing I disagree with, is that when I have my clients do it, they exhale only 10%. This makes the abs stand out more I find. haha jk

    May 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Todd Bumgardner

    As a rule of thumb, I never trust trainers that can effectively grow hair! Unless, of course, it is a lady.

    May 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Reply to this comment

  • joel

    hahahahahahahahahahaha omg. That was hilarious and then when I was anticipating some cool exercises with you, Seeing how your hands are raised above your head in 1 chopping motion bam lol hahaha I cant stop laughing my glutes are hurting

    May 31, 2011 at 6:56 am | Reply to this comment

  • Jo

    though I agree yoga balls are prety much big squeaky items of torture this also could be pretty cool It might be shit for exercise, but it looks good for a laugh =)

    June 1, 2011 at 12:41 am | Reply to this comment

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