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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Crunch: Fat Burning Ab Attack
Crunch: Fat Burning Ab Attack
Starz / Anchor Bay // Unrated // September 20, 2005
List Price: $14.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]
Review by Robert Spuhler | posted October 17, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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The "six pack" is the most important feature of any beach-ready body for guys. It's the portion of the body featured on the cover of just about every fitness magazine, the point of emphasis in any television ad that tries to sell sex to women, and the basis of millions of fad diet and workout programs. For women, the abdominal and stomach area is just as, if not more, "desired," whether it is a chiseled look or just a smaller waist size.

But core strength, having well-developed muscles in the stomach, abdomen and lower back, is important for much more than wooing the opposite sex. Nearly every motion in the body either originates with or uses the muscles in that region. Everything from posture to a proper golf swing is dependent on control over the body's core.

With the obsession over the surface, it's easy to forgive fitness videos like Crunch: Fat Burning Ab Attack for catering to those primarily interested in looking good in a bikini. But in this case, the routine spends a lot of time working all parts of the core, even with an exercise or two focusing on the lower back. It's a well-rounded workout.

Led by the impossibly-proportioned Catherine Chiarelli, Crunch: Fat Burning Ab AttacK combines standing cardio work with more traditional exercises such as crunches into one half hour workout.

To get the creepy factor out of the way: Between the obvious physical attributes of Ms. Chiarelli, the camera work (when you've got a video called Fat Burning Ab Attack, it's natural to see a lot of tight shots of tight bodies) and the occasional coos of "I know you're strong enough," this disc certainly will get the male population's blood pumping in more than one manner.

However, it will be hard for anyone doing this workout to focus on that when doubled over and panting. Crunch: Fat Burning Ab Attack, despite its short length, is an honestly difficult routine. The average participant will be sweating and breathing heavily by the end of the 30 minutes.

(Note: As always, consult a physician first before beginning a new workout program.)

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Video/ Audio:

Crunch Fat Burning Ab Attack looks and sounds perfectly acceptable. Chiarelli's instructions are always clear, even with the incessant background music, while the colors are solid and certainly all that is necessary here.

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None.

Final Thoughts:

A solid, half-hour core routine can be an excellent addition to any workout plan. Crunch: Fat Burning Ab Attack provides exactly that, and its high replay value makes it an easy to recommend title.

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