Issue #30


by Juan Carlos Lope

2007 NPC Jr. Nationals

2007 NPC Jr. Nationals Review

2007 CBBF Fitness and Figure Nationals

2007 CBBF Fitness and Figure Nationals Review

20 Questions with Cover Model and IFBB Figure Pro Jeni Briscoe

Video Interview with Cover Model and IFBB Figure Pro Jeni Briscoe

You are Doing How Much Cardio?
by Rebecca Slatt

Julie Lohre's Ultimate Abs DVD Review
by Kaisa Piippo

Jeni Briscoe, Tracy Royer, Jen Jewell, Marnie Holley, Nicki Pimm,

Video Interview with CBBF Bodybuilder Natalie Mulder

Ask Misty
by Misty Green

Video Interview with CBBF Figure Macey Boudreau

Monica Brant Secret of Beauty DVD Review
by Juan Carlos Lopez

Video Interview with CBBF Figure Nicole Boyne


Julie Lohre’s Ultimate Abs review by Kaisa Piippo

Ultimate Abs DVD

If I have to name one competitor who has inspired me in this industry, it would be Julie Lohre. A couple of years ago a post written by her caught my eye on the IronTrybe’s Strong Chick –message board. I read Julie’s story about becoming a mom and deciding to get in shape again and compete in fitness and I was blown away. What an amazing motivation she must have for this sport and living healthy life! Since then I’ve followed her career as a fitness athlete and was more than happy when her DVD series started coming out. In this Hard Fitness’ issue I will review Julie’s Ultimate Abs –dvd. Keep your eyes open for the next review about her Ultimate Posing Guide for Fitness & Figure which will be covered in the next issue of Hard Fitness!

Julie’s promise for the video is: “This Personal Training DVD provides you with step-by-step instruction on the proper form and technique for some of the very best abdominal exercises.  Broken down into full weekly training programs with prescribed sets and reps, you can progress at your own pace.  From the beginners program to Julie’s personal advanced ab program for fitness models, you will learn what it takes to get the abs of your dreams.”

The dvd covers three different ab workout routines for different level trainees. Exercises vary from easy and simple floor crunches to extreme ab strength demanding hanging leg lifts with straight legs. There are lots of different kind of exercises here: some you can do without any extra equipment, some will require the use of a fitball, and for some you will need a machine. Variation is a good thing and that’s something Julie has clearly given some thought when planning these ab routines. Julie explains every exercise thoroughly and gives good tips on how to exactly make the abs work and also how to tweak the exercises to suit your own level. I won’t go through every exercise in this review so you still have to get the dvd to get to see all the fun! :)

After every every routine there’s a summary of the chapter. In the end there’s also a sample nutrition plan for a person wanting to gain muscle and lose fat, recommended supplement plan, Julie’s nutrition tips for getting great abs (summary) and suggested cardio exercise program. The only thing I found myself missing was the mentioning of the importance of a consistent weight training routine at least twice a week to shed fat and gain muscle. I’m sure Julie will stress this on her next workout dvd’s, though.   

A real bonus on this dvd is that the advanced program is perfect for anyone competing in fitness. It covers all the exercises a fitness competitor should include in her training routine to develop the abdominal and hip flexor strength for certain fitness mandatories (like straddle and pike hold) and other moves. 

This dvd is a great resource for anyone wanting to get some new inspiration and ideas for their ab workout. Who will be the next one to get rock-hard abs with the help of this dvd? At least I got mine so sore all over by doing just one whole workout that I’m planning on making Julie’s abs routine a part of my own weekly workouts. I’ll let you know how I progress. ;)

Order the dvd: http://www.julielohre.com/shop.html

Preview movie: http://www.julielohre.com/abs_preview.mov

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About the Author...

Kaisa Piippo

I am an enthusiastic and goal-oriented 23 year old future figure competitor from Finland. Currently I'm getting ready for my first figure competition in April 2006 in Finland. I have been training for the competition for nearly two years. While preparing for my first show I have been living in hot and sunny Arizona. Since it's hard for a foreigner to get a permission to work in the States, I have been studying the fitness industry and lifestyle 24/7. It doesn't always take the competition experience to learn about the sport because being around it teaches a lot too! By all the knowledge I've gathered I now feel confident on stepping on the stage and learning some more about fitness, this time by experiencing the competition excitement myself.

So how to learn fitness in theory? For most of my knowledge I can thank Pakkotoisto.com, energetic NPC fitness athlete Katie Madden and of course the ever informative Hard Fitness!

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