Morning my fine and fit friends! How was your weekend? Mine was GREAT. I’ll fill you in more tomorrow. We have some movin’ to do today. Always good to start the week with some fitness talk to get us motivated. First up, a recap of my workouts this past week.
Overall, a great week of fitness. 20 miles + my favorite form of cross-training (spin) + some weights + some yoga and rest to balance it out. Not much different than last week. Hey. Don’t fix what isn’t broken, right? Although I have determined that summer is my absolute LEAST FAVORITE running season. The heat and humidity just slay me. I started my run at 6 am on Saturday to try to beat the heat and still couldn’t beat the heat and humidity. Ick. Perhaps that is the golden lining on not being able to do Chicago? No marathon training in this heat. Well, until next year.
Enough about all that now. Let’s talk workout DVDs!
When I actually first got into working out, I lived off workout DVDs. They were the ONLY workouts I did. My sister and I would hop down to our basement and rock it out to some Billy Blanks Tae Bo or FIRM workouts. We eventually broadened our horizons as I discovered Beach Body and Cathe. For over a year I never set foot in a gym while losing 30 pounds and getting in great shape. My DVD repertoire has only continued to expand and I still think they give me a great workout. Plus, I love the ease of home workouts. I now present you with my current favorite workout DVDs and top suggestions!
Best DVD for Beginners – Slim in 6
Slim in 6 is actually the first set of workout DVDs I ever bought myself. It helped me start establishing a routine with working out instead of the sporadic episodes I experienced prior. Also, I used it as my initial workouts after both of my pregnancies. I love the gradual build up of the program.
Best DVD for Strength Training – P90X
I hate to admit this because Tony Horton’s instructor style annoys the heck out of me, BUT the workout program holds up. It is quality, in my opinion, and really does provide a challenging strength routine. If I didn’t have the gym, I could handle some Tony Horton in exchange for a tough weights workout like this.
Best DVD for Plyometrics/Interval Training – Insanity
Insanity is..well, insanity. It is truthfully the toughest cardio workout I have ever completed. It will make you sweat. It will test your limits. It will knock you into shape as it knocks the breath out of you. The only beef I have with this program is that I wouldn’t necessarily recommend those types of drills on a daily basis. As a cardio challenge in an otherwise balanced routine? Heck yeah!
Best DVD to Complement Running – Physique 57
You all know I love me some Physique 57. I currently make a point to do one session every week to help with some imbalances I discovered. This workout really focuses on the core as well as stabilization/balance and the smaller gluteus medius/minimus muscles that often get neglected otherwise. Not a workout goes by that I don’t find my muscles shaking. I don’t think anything else works the tight, flat belly transverse abdominus muscles quite like it either.
Best DVD for the Core – Jackie Warner XTreme Crunch Free Abs
Talk about OUCH in the best way possible. These 15 minute workouts will blast your core in ways you never imagined. Plus, Jackie is really motivating herself. I mean, you only have to look at her abs to want to push yourself harder.
I have always been a big fan of Chalene Johnson and the Turbo Jam/Fire workouts. They provide a great calorie burn but in one of the most fun set-ups I have encountered. I never feel like I’m working out when completing these workouts, yet finish drenched in sweat and with a nonnegotiable post-workout high. I smile through the whole booty-shaking, kicking, punching workout.
Best DVD Instructor with Can’t-Go-Wrong Options – Cathe…anything Cathe
remember that awesome time I got to meet her???
Cathe. By far Cathe. She is my absolute FAVORITE workout DVD instructor. She always keeps up with current workout trends and develops new workout options every year to keep your body coming back for more. You never know what to expect since her workouts always keep you on your toes…but you do know to expect a burn. She has everything from step DVDs to kickbox/MMA style workouts, strength training, circuit training, intervals, barre, and more. I could go on and on about Cathe. Her workouts always have a TON of premixes to keep things interesting. If you workout at home, you gotta add Cathe to your DVD library. Go ahead and view her video library (clips of EVERY DVD), then take your pick of a new workout to try.
Best DVD for Yoga – Rodney Yee
Confession. I have yet to find a yoga DVD I really like, so I put a call out to some of my Fitfluential friends for recommendations. A few ladies – Carla and Christine – shared an affection for Rodney Yee’s yoga. He has quite a few options. I’m thinking I should check some of them out!
Best DVD for a Quick Workout – Jillian Michaels
Many of Jillian’s workouts are around 20-40 minutes in length, which is perfect for when you’re in a time crunch (especially those 20 minute options!). Somehow, Jillian makes you beg for mercy in that short time span. That’s all I need to know for a quick workout.
Best DVD for Circuit Training (Strength + Cardio in One) – Cathe’s Body Max 2, Drill Max, or Circuit Blast
I’ve done each numerous times. They never get easier. Never. That’s a good thing to me. Plus, those premixes I mentioned on her DVDs mean you get like 3-4 different circuits with each DVD.
So, there you have some of my top workout DVD suggestions! I hope you found the information helpful.Here’s to a fit and fantastic week ahead. Happy training!
Your Turn – What is YOUR favorite workout DVD you’ve ever done?