At the end of the day, for many of us it’s all about looking good on the beach. And what can make you stand out and look great than a chiselled six-pack? Or, for that matter, an eight pack? With iron obliques, a great and ripped body, you can imagine people glancing your way as you pull of your shirt and prepare to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Alright, so say that you do indeed want to get shredded, lower that body fat and show off that six pack. Which is the best workout program to do it? There are two great contenders on the block: Hip Hop Abs by the master Shaun T, or Rev Abs by the up and coming new kid and featured coach of The Biggest Loser, Brett Hoebel
In this article we’re going to carefully review and compare each of these workouts to each other so you can really figure out which is perfect for your needs, and what the real difference between them is.
FAQ’s: RevAbs vs Hip Hop Abs
What’s the science behind these workout programs?
Rev Abs is a three month workout designed by Bretty Hoebel, whose classes have taken the New York fitness scene by storm. Brett has a background in biomedical studies, and graduated from the presitigous Claremon-McKenna college, where he was pre-med. Putting all this technical knowledge to good use, he designed Rev Abs to attack your core from six different angles, from upper to lower to double flexion, from side to rear and combined. But working your abs is only part of the equation. Rev Abs also focuses on weight training to build general muscle and cardio so that you burn that fat off and reveal those abs.
The Hip Hop Abs was designed by celebrity trainer Shaun T, creator of the infamous Insanity Workout. The whole premise behind Hip Hop Abs is that you can get shredded while staying on your feet: Shaun T boasts that you will never do a crunch during his workout. Instead you “Tilt, Tuck, and Tighten” your abs, working your way through a variety of infectious dance beats while staying on your feet.
Set your fitness goals first, and then ask. Which workout is better, RevAbs or Hip Hop Abs?
The best workout is the workout you stick to, and that means that whatever motivates you to keep going and keep burning calories is going to be the best workout for you. That’s why it’s a question of style and preference when it comes to choosing the best ab-centric workout.
If you find regular workouts to be dull, if you hate doing anything resembling a gym workout, then Hip Hop Abs is for you. The whole program is designed to be non-stop cardio dance, with Shaun T leading you through a wide array of dance moves and core blasting exercises. If you need to have fun while working out, if you need to move and groove, then this is definitely the right workout for you.
However, if you prefer a more serious approach, one that focuses on getting you the best possible ab workout no matter what the move or technique, than Rev Abs is for you. Brett Hoebel approaches the mission of getting a six pack with the precision and expertise of a doctor, helping you attack your core from every angle while putting you through a truly intense series of cardio and weight lifting sessions. This approach is made more fun by his focus on Brazilian Capoeira and his fun upbeat attitude, but don’t doubt it for a second: Rev Abs is work, and you’ll have to pay your dues before you reap the benefits of Brett Hoebel’s expertise
I fell off the wagon and I want to get back on track. Which one demands greater preparation before I start?
Before addressing this question always keep in mind that you can always go at your own pace. Don’t be scared of taking a break which will allow you to jump back into the workout with more energy and that will probably help your form and avoid injuries.
Hip Hop Abs is easier to begin with and I would definitely have to say Hip Hop Abs is better if you have not exercised for a while. This workout had no weight liftiing, and is done completely on your feet to upbeat, great hip hop music. It doesn’t feel like work, though the results are awesome, but rather a dance party in your living room, a move and groove session that will have you sweating even as you blast your core.
RevAbs isn’t as intense as the P90X workout or the Insanity Workout, but it’s can be pretty tough It requires that you be dedicated, that you focus on hanging in there, and that you really be willing to do whatever it takes to burn those calories and get those results. Brett Hoebel isn’t messing around here, which is why this probably less accessible to complete beginners than Hip Hop Abs..
I tend to get bored quickly. Which one should I choose?
Hip Hop Abs is the best when it comes to inspiration and motivation if you enjoy dancing to working out. Shaun T has a magnetic, charismatic personality that makes it a pleasure to workout with him, and the music and moves feel like more play than work. For that reason, it’s an easy win for Hip Hop Abs, which will keep your attention and have you moving and grooving. Before you know it, the workout is over, and you’ll be wanting to play it again.
Rev Abs however is a more serious workout. Don’t get me wrong! Brett Hoebel is as charismatic and awesome as Shaun T, but he’s got his eyes on the prize and wants to help you get the best results by focusing on the most intense and effective exercises. Toward that end he’s not interested in entertaining you but rather pushing you toward the best results. Rev Abs is a tough but invigorating workout that is thus harder to stick to than Hip Hop Abs.
All I want is to get a 6 pack. Which program will help me get it faster?
Both of these workouts have the word ‘Abs’ in their title! Thus you really can’t go wrong, and it comes down to a matter of style. If forced however, absolutely forced to decide which workout delivered the better results, I would have to go with Rev Abs because it’s longer, focuses on every kind of core workout possible, and involves weight training which Hip Hop Abs doesn’t.
Which one is more intense? Which one is tougher?
While neither one of these to workouts fall into the extreme category, the Rev Abs workout does demand more from the trainee. The final of every three rounds in the workouts is always tough, and there is the option of going into the ‘Rev Zone’ where you are encouraged to go all out and blast your way into anaerobic training. For that reason, I would have to say that Rev Abs is the most intense, being both longer in duration and more willing to make you work.
How long does it take to complete each program?
RevAbs is a 90 day workout program which is designed for you to workout out 6 days a week. It is divided in 2 phases
Hip Hop Abs is a workout that is designed to be completed in 4 weeks, working out 6 days a week. As the weeks progress your routines will be longer, ranging from 30 to 45 minutes.
How long do the workouts last?
The Rev Abs workouts are of average length, with most of them coming in at a solid forty five minutes or so depending on the intensity of the workout. Some are marginally longer, others are shorter, but expect a full workout with each DVD.
Abcentrics: 15 minutes
Fire Up Your Abs: 40 minutes
Power Intervals 1: 30 minutes
Total Strength: 45 minutes, and Mercy Abs: 15 minutes
Fat Burning Abs: 40 minutes
Power Intervals 2: 30 minutes
Strength & Endurance: 30 minutes, and Merciless Abs: 15 minutes
Hip Hop Abs are shorter, designed to be less of a challenge to novice fitness enthusiasts, and thus easier to finish.
Secrets to Flat Abs: 13 minutes.
Fat Burning Cardio: 30 minutes
Ab Sculpt: 25 minutes
Total Body Burn: 45 minutes
Hip, Buns & Thighs: 25 minutes
What’s included when I purchase these programs?
When you purchase Rev Abs you will get:
– 9 Workouts on 7 DVDs + 1 BONUS Workout!
– Nutrition Plan.
– Anytime, Anywhere Abs Workout
– Rev Abs Wall Calander.
– Pro Fat Caliper
– Free Online Support.
When you purchase Hip Hop Abs you will get:
– Learn to Dance DVD!
– 4 Workouts + 1 BONUS Workout!
– Step by Step Nutrition Guide.
– Six Day Slim Down Plan
– 30 Day Workout Calendar
– Stepping in the Spirit Walking Workout
– Measurement Card and Tape Measure
– Free Online Support.
– Results on the Run Guide!
Do I need any kind of equipment to do RevAbs or Hip Hop Abs?
Hip Hop Abs needs no equipment. You just need to press play and get ready to dance. Rev Abs, however, does need equipment. It’s a good idea to have a yoga mat ro work out on, as well as a range of free weights to throw into the variety of weight training exercises.
Which one is better suited to do at home?
Both Rev Abs and the Hip Hop Abs are perfectly suited to be done at home. Neither requires much space, nor is that a necessity for a lot of equipment or storage. All you need is a space before a television or computer monitor, and you will be good to go.
I travel a lot. Which workout is better to do when I am on the road?
No doubt about it, Hip Hop Abs is more friendly for working out to on the road. The reason? It requires no equipment, while Rev Abs has a yoga mat requirement as well as several intense weight training workouts that require a range of free weights. For that reason, there’s nothing easier than tossing Hip Hop Abs into your suitcases and planning on getting training on the raod.
So what’s the real difference between RevAbs and Hip Hop Abs?
The real difference between the two workouts is simple: Rev Abs is fixated primarily on helping you get the best results over 90 days. It will push you and make you work as hard as you can in order to chisel those abs, making you do everything from cardio to core work to weight training.
Hip Hop Abs is a fun way to blast your core while dancing your booty off. It involves no weight training, no getting on the ground, and you can dance and tuck and tilt and crunch everything from a standing position. If you like to dance, if you hate regular workouts, if you would rather be motivated by a fun groove than the promise of stunning results after extra hard work, than Hip Hop Abs is for you.