These are my favorite work out videos (fitness DVDs) because they work to tone flabby muscle and burn floppy fat. Here, I focus on ballet, yoga, Pilates, strength training, and boot camp.
I don’t have the time, energy, or money to go to the gym – all my exercise takes place at home in front of the TV (strength building, weight training, body sculpting) or outside with my dog (cardio, with bits of standing and watching her pee. Or squatting to pick up her poop).
You’re not alone if you don’t like to work out at home because you lack motivation! It’s true that being at the gym can motivate you to work out longer and harder, but it takes so much time and effort! You can do a 20 or 30 minute workout in the time it takes to get to the gym, and you don’t have to worry about how you look.
My trick to staying motivated to work out at home is to buy or rent a variety of workout videos. I’m lucky that Acacia occasionally sends me fitness DVDs to blog about – Chad is an amazing and organized representative of Acacia Lifestyle! But the majority of my work out videos are from the library.
It’s important that I keep trying new and different fitness DVDs because it keeps my body “guessing” – I don’t fall into a fitness rut. But, I definitely have a range of work out videos I love because they work to keep me slim and toned.
And look! Here they are now…
5 Work Out Videos That Work
I love Acacia’s line of fitness DVDs, because they range from ballet to bootcamp to body sculpting. 10 Minute Solutions also have a good line of work out videos, but their reps aren’t nearly as generous or organized as Acacia.
Xtend Barre Lean & Chiseled – Andrea Rogers is a professional dancer and Pilates instructor, and her Xtend Barre: Lean & Chiseled ballet work out is one of my favourite fitness DVDs. The arm work out is fantastic; it’s long enough to be effective, yet short enough that you don’t dread having to do it. This workout video also has a core and leg component, all dance and ballet oriented. I’m not a big fan of dance fitness DVDs, but this one isn’t about being a ballerina or dancing up a storm. It’s focused on building strength and toning your whole body.
Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown – This isn’t an Acacia video, but it’s my favourite yoga DVD because Jillian makes us “rep out” the yoga poses. Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown It’s not just holding the pose and mediating – but holding poses is part of it. You actually get winded and really really sweaty in this work out, and that’s why it works.
For less intense yoga work out options for beginners, read Best Yoga DVDs for Weight Loss, Stretching, and Increased Energy.
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Pilates for Beginners – Kristin McGee’s four body sculpting workouts are a great intro to Pilates. The beauty of Pilates for Beginners (and all Pilates fitness DVDs) is that even though your body adapts to the exercises, you can keep increasing the intensity so you keep benefiting from the work out. Kristin’s work out video works because she explains both easy and difficult exercises. But, I have to admit that the 10 Minute Solutions Pilates DVDs are my favourite ways to do Pilates. Kristin is excellent, but the 10 Minutes Solutions Pilates instructors have stolen my heart!
Weight Loss Cardio Sculpt – Violet Zaki’s Weight Loss Cardio Sculpt contains two 20 minute workouts, which I like to do first thing in the morning (one, not both!). It includes optional warm ups and cool downs – and the 20 minutes zips by. This work out video works because it includes weights, yoga, core, and all the muscle groups.
What I love about working out at home is that I have so many choices! If I don’t feel like working out hard, I do a 10 minute gentle yoga stretch. But if I need a good sweat, I go with a work out video that works me to the ground, like this last one…
Core Fusion Cardio Pure Intensity – Abs, glutes, arms, legs, cardio, and a stretching segment makes this work out video tough and effective. Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp co-lead this Exhale: Core Fusion Cardio – Pure Intensity fitness DVD, and both are encouraging yet demanding. I personally like the yoga and Pilates work outs better because they work to stretch me out more effectively, but this DVD is an excellent “break” from my usual work outs. I do it every couple of weeks, to rev up my metabolism.
Do you have any suggestions for work out videos that work, or questions about the ones I suggested? Comments welcome below!
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If you’re not convinced that fitness DVDs are effective, read 8 Reasons Home Workouts Are Better for Weight Loss Than Gyms.