Today was cardio and abs day, a day off the weights you might think. Not exactly.
Beast Cardio is a 30 min interval training workout. For most of the movements you’ve got a pair of dumbbells in your hands and doing compound, multi body part movements. For example, a sumo squat followed by trapezius raise for 20s then hold under load for 10s, repeat a further 2 times. My traps being toast from yesterday’s shoulder workout, I felt this deeply.
I went really light on the dumbbells here, 3kg in each hand and for me, that was enough. I was blowing hard at the end of the 30 mins with heart rate sky high. I think I’ve lost some cardio fitness since I was doing P90X. Recovery from this workout was fast though, within 25 mins of finishing I felt like I could do more.
After the 30 minutes of cardio I then took on Beast Abs. This is a 10 minute workout, some with weights like Russian Twist and others without, such as regular crunches.
This started out well, Sagi encouraging hard contraction of the abs in the opening crunches and then maintaining a low body position in Russian Twists (far lower than in P90X, for example) making moving a dumbbell back and forth across the body particularly challenging.
However, after this I didn’t feel too much more in my abs. There are lot of plank based movements which are great for core but maybe not so much for abs. The burn I’ve felt in Ab Ripper X, Ab Ripper X2 and Athlean X-6 Pack Promise have been far greater than in this workout. Which gives me a quandry, do I swap it out for Athlean X or do I trust in the Beast…