If you hate crunches and want to find a way to do anything from just tightening up your waistline to getting a full blown six pack, then you may want to consider Hip Hop Abs with fitness wizard Shaun T. (whom your may have heard of because of his crazy hard INSANITY Workout). Hip Hop Abs is a workout routine that gets your midsection cut without ever having you lay down to do a single crunch. You’ll dance to hip hop music and, at the end, your abs will look great. How does Shaun T. get this method to work? It’s by crafting the Hip Hop Abs routines around his method of “Tilt, Tuck and Tighten” which manages to activate your upper, middle and lower abs as well as your oblique muscles so that you end up cut up. Let’s break Tilt, Tuck and Tighten down so you know why it works.
Tilt: Tilting simulates some of the crunching you’d be doing if you were on the floor, but from a standing position so that you’re both more comfortable and more able to concentrate. You’ll be focused on your upper and middle abdominal muscles, primarily.
Tuck: Tucking is the process of tightening and “tucking” your lower abs, which can often be the hardest to work on and are certainly the hardest from the position of lying on your back on the floor. The tuck moves help you target that pesky lower ab area that can create the muffin top that none of us want.
Tighten: Unlike floor crunches which are all about movement, sometimes you can get the best abdominal results from simply focusing on tightening your muscles and concentrating on that motion. The tighten movements and philosophy teach you to keep your muscles tight and working at all times.
Of course, you’ll also do tons of twist movements for your oblique muscles as well as knee lifts and arm pumps to get an entire abdominal workout all while you feel like you’re not working out at all. You’ll end up with abs as great as if you’d done the Ab Ripper X workout from the P90X series with Tony Horton, but you’ll dance your way there! Don’t let anybody tell you that you need to get on the floor to change how your midsection looks. Shaun T. has proven that you can do it with well designed standing and dance moves.