My Favorite Workout DVD’s

Well, this morning I was up and out the door at 4:30am to be sure to catch my flight on time; but not before saying goodbye to my favorite boys.

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I always hate leaving my guys…even if it is just for a couple days. I’ll be back soon! :)

Keep your fingers crossed that I’ll be able to run on excitement and adrenaline all day to keep me going because I have a long (and FUN) day ahead of me!

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So if you’ve been reading STSL for a while now, then you probably already know that my workouts tend to go through phases. For a few months, I basically bailed on my gym membership in favor of working out at home.

Luckily, this is easy for me because I already have a pretty wide range of workout gear at my hands:

  • Treadmill
  • Free Weights
  • Exercise Ball
  • Resistance Bands
  • Yoga Mat
  • Pull Up Bar
  • Weight Bench (this is actually Jay’s, but still available if I want to use it)
  • Exercise on Demand
  • And of course…DVD’s!

Recently, I was asked what some of my favorite workout DVD’s are, so here’s a quick rundown on some of my favorites and why I like ‘em.

Jillian Michaels…I know some people love her, some people hate her. I think she’s awesome and super motivating…Jay thinks she just yells.

No More Trouble Zones

The workout is composed of seven 6-minute circuits that leave no muscle unworked. Literally! Each of the circuits consists of 5 different exercises that you do for 30 seconds each, then repeat the entire sequence for a total of 2 sets of each move. She uses a lot of effective compound moves, working the upper and lower body at the same time.

Yoga Meltdown

When I’m in the mood for yoga but want a little more sweat action, I use this video. Jillian focuses on quickly flowing yoga sequences and incorporates them in a way that is almost more aerobic than anything else. It definitely gets me workin’ up a sweat!

6 Week Six-Pack

I swear, no matter how often I do this video, I’m almost always sore afterward. She incorporates a ton of abs and core work with weight training and cardio, without constantly being on the floor. I love this video because it’s quick (30 mins), you never stop moving, and you finish with a serious sweat.

Jackie Warner

Personal Training with Jackie: Power Circuit Training

I first came across this video when it was on Exercise on Demand. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available on there, so I may end up buying it. This video was actually what I used in place of BodyPump when I was bailing on the gym. She hits all the major muscle groups and teaches you about them along the way; i.e., which ones are fat burners etc. Each circuit is about 4 minutes, you do three exercises, then the “power burn” which is the 3 exercises done all at once right after the other without stopping. This workout left me with some seriously sore muscles.

Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp Workout with Harvey Walden

This is an older DVD that I’ve had for a few years now, which I like to occasionally throw into the mix for a change. As long as you don’t mind a hardcore boot camp instructor yelling at you through your tv, then you’ll like this workout. Harvey is no joke in this video, with the entire workout designed to start out slow and then work you into “3rd gear.” There’s 2 workouts (30-minutes and 50-minutes) available on this DVD, and I’ll tell you…I’ve only been able to do the 50 minute workout once!

On The Ball Pilates Workout for Beginners

This is another DVD that I’ve had for a few years now, but it always leaves me feeling great. Even though it says “beginner” in the title, don’t let that fool you. Whenever I decide to bring this DVD back into my routine, I almost always feel it the next day. I really enjoy the way Lizbeth Garcia works you through the different moves, constantly reminding you to focus on your breathing (something I often forget). Plus, with using the ball for many of the moves, you’re able to work a little harder than you normally would doing them on the floor.

10lb. Slimdown

I love everything about the 10lb. Slimdown system! It’s broken into 5 areas: Total Body, Upper Body, Lower Body, Core, and Yoga, with each workout around 20 minutes. I’m also a real big fan of Chris Freytag; she’s sweet and motivating at the same time.

Incredible Abs with Cindy Whitmarsh

Another sweet and super motivating trainer is Cindy Whitmarsh. I’m pretty sure that there’s around 6 or 7 different Incredible Abs DVD’s by now, and while I haven’t tried them all, there hasn’t been one that I haven’t enjoyed. Each of them incorporates a variety of moves, from standing abdominal exercises to total body core stability that will keep your body guessing.

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Hopefully, you’ve come across a DVD that could be right for you!

Question for the Day:

What are some of your favorite workout DVD’s?

My Favorite Workouts Giveaway

When it comes to my exercise routine, it’s no secret that I like to switch things up. If I were to stick with the same routine, week after week, I’d be absolutely bored out of my mind. Wouldn’t you?

So between the cardio & the occasional BodyPump classes at the gym, I also have another tried and true resource which is very near and dear to my heart:

Exercise TV:-D

Over the past few months, I’ve tested out some fantastic workouts that have really kicked my boo-tay! :shock: Whether it’s intense cardio, hardcore strength training, or relaxing yoga, they’ve got everything I need.

So as I’ve come to test out quite a few of these workouts, it’s safe to say that I’ve developed a few favorites. And wouldn’t you know…it looks like Christmas came a little early for me! :mrgreen:

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A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by the nice folks at Exercise TV, wondering if I’d be interested in doing a review of a couple of their full workout videos. They saw how much I’ve been loving some of the On Demand programs, and thought I might enjoy reviewing the whole video…

I seriously think they read my mind; I’ve been dying to try the full Yoga Meltdown video from Jillian Michael’s!!!

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As soon as I got home yesterday afternoon, I immediately popped Jillian into my DVD player to test out the new goods. I realized that the video I’ve been doing on Demand has been the Level 1, which focuses on quickly flowing yoga sequences to burn more calories. It’s given me a great workout every time so far, but I wanted more, so I stepped it up to Level 2.

Level 2 incorporates a lot more twists and balance poses, some of which I found pretty difficult. Hello, crazy crow pose?!? :shock:

After trying both Levels 1 & 2, I think it’s safe to say I like them both equally, and will probably switch back and forth between the two. They both definitely rock!

Alright, so here’s the deal…

You guys know I love you all for being the fantastic readers that you are, right? :) Well, ‘tis the season of giving…and because I love you all so much, I think it’s only fitting to share my favorites with all of you!!

It’s the My Favorite Workouts Giveaway!!!

Exercise TV has generously offered to giveaway one of each of my three favorite workouts:

Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown

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10 Pound Slimdown

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Incredible Abs

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Are you guys excited or what?!?! :mrgreen:

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER…

You have four chances to enter this fantastic giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me which DVD you’d most like to try and why.
  2. Become a fan of Exercise TV on Facebook by clicking here and let me know that you did.
  3. Become a fan of Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on Facebook by clicking HERE (or leave a comment telling me you already are). ;)
  4. Tweet about the giveaway on Twitter (leave a comment letting me know)

I will announce the three lucky winners tomorrow morning, Friday, December 24th.

Talk about a nice early Christmas present for yourself, right?? ;)

GOOD LUCK and thanks again to all of you for being such rock star readers!