This was one of the classes I was hesitant to try for a couple of reasons: one, I heard it was super intense and that was a little scary; two, I prefer classes where you work your entire body rather than simply one body part (this one obviously focuses on your abs). Despite that, my curiosity won out and I figured I’d try this class for the sake of the blog. Something interesting I noticed during this class was the number of males. In all of the other classes I’ve blogged about, I haven’t seen a single guy. In this class of Washboard Abs there were four! I’m not sure if this was just due to chance or some other confounding factor, but I thought this was perhaps reflective of different societal beauty standards for men. For example, a class like Ballet Barre might not appeal to men because they don’t feel the need to “tone and lengthen” and plump up their butt. However, ripped/shredded/six-pack abs are a very desirable trait on men according to our beauty standards (in fact, having nice abs is considered A+ for men and women alike), which might explain why there were more guys in this class. Overall, there were nearly 40 people packed into the room, so there was still a significantly higher proportion of women than men.
This class wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It’s only 30 minutes long, making it one of the shortest workout classes offered, and those 30 minutes seemed to pass by really quickly. There are three major chunks of the workout: different kinds of crunches, different kinds of planks, and then exercises to strengthen the lower back and balance out the ab work. As I’ve found with most ab workouts, this class is very repetitive and your abs will probably burn because all of the exercises target them very specifically. During the class we transitioned between repetitions and pulses of different crunches (for example, regular crunches, bicycle crunches, side crunches, crunches with your legs lifted up, etc.) and then did some planks including regular planks and side planks. What’s great about this class is that you can really choose your own pace and make your own modifications to moves to make them easier or harder, because the whole class isn’t in unison. One thing that I found was that I was straining my neck during the crunches. I’m not sure how to not strain my neck because I tried to follow the instructor’s form; if any of you have suggestions, please let me know!
I enjoyed the class and thought it was effective, but I’m not sure this class offers an advantage over doing these exercises by yourself. None of these moves were very complicated or needed much explaining, and there weren’t complex sets, patterns, or time intervals to keep. Unlike something like Power Remix where you’re pretty dependent on the instructor, this workout felt very independent. If anything, this class was pretty comparable to many other ab workouts I’ve done in my life, whether it be dryland for swim practices or with Youtube videos. If any of you are looking for an ab class where the instructor will guide you through exercises and then let you do your thing, this class might be great for you; however, if you don’t want to trek all the way to the gym to workout your abs, I feel like Youtube workout videos like the one I linked below are pretty similar.
I hope you found this post helpful, and please let me know if you have different opinions about this class or if you’d like to see me try something new!