Looking for Great Work Out DVD

Updated on November 07, 2008
A.F. asks from Allentown, PA
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Hello Mamas-
So I'd really like to get serious about trimming up. I don't enjoy running and it's going to be getting too cold to take my little one out for walks all winter. I feel like I need more. I do have an eliptical but don't feel like I can work out on it long enough to truly make a difference. So I was thinking about doing some yoga, pilates..something along these lines. Does anyone do any of these from a DVD? If so, which ones?? And do you see a difference in your body? I don't have all the time in the world so something that is not TOO time consuming. I am a Mommy and a full-time student! Thanks Moms!!

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T.D.

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I like the cd of Leslie Sansone walk away the pounds, it is GREAT and you do't even know that you really walked 1, 2 or 3 miles. I have lost 24 lbs on it so far in 7 weeks. Plus i use an eliptical here and there, read a book while you are on it you don't even know that you went far until the chapter is done.
Jade
Good luck

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M.P.

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Hi,
I have a good dvd for pilates called "Pilates for Dummies", which has a beginner and intermediate workout on it. Each lasts about 20 minutes if you do all exercises. Tae Bo dvd are pretty good for a workout, and work whole body, and they don't take too long.

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K.K.

answers from Erie on

try your library they rent them for a week for free and you can try out different ones to see what you like best before you buy one. Good luck.

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J.I.

answers from Pittsburgh on

I really liked the suggestion regarding renting them from the library. Maybe try one of the numerous dance workout videos, to make it seem less like working out. I like BalletTone, combines cardio and stretching. The stability ball workouts are great. I also have a DVD that uses light weights and resistance bands in ten minute workout chunks, each focusing on a different body. You could fit that in around your day. There is all kinds of stuff out there, you just have to find what works for you. I also have those walking tapes people mentioned here on tape, I don't use them, so email me if you want them.

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A.K.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Sounds like we have a lot in common... although my little ones are now 4 and 5... I used to run with them all the time in strollers. Of course they'd have none of that now. I also teach and understand the time crunch you are under. THE BEST workouts on DVD that I have found are TURBO JAM. I never ever worked out in my home before these DVD's and now I am hooked. They are fun, energetic and they really make you want to come back for more. I started out with the 2 disk, 5 workout set and ended up buying hand weights to bump up the calorie burn and then 4 more DVDs in Chalene Johnson's series after just a short time. Now I have a nice variety and never ever get sick of working out. The workouts range from 20 to 50 minutes and are primarily kickboxing. My knees have seen better days (from all that running) and I never feel pain there anymore. I lost over 25 pounds in about 3 months working out with a few times a week and following weight watchers. Your body WILL change! Go to www.beachbody.com and order right from there. They are awesome -- I PROMISE!!!

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A.L.

answers from Philadelphia on

I don't know about yoga or pilates stuff, but I do have two other work out DVD's that I like. One is The Firm. They have at least two different ones out, but the one I like has three different workouts and comes with a step of sorts. The other one that I like is Kathy Smith's Super Slimdown Circuit. It goes at a really good pace and is a great workout.

I'm in a Bible study group that works out and then does our study. Some of the favorites there are The Biggest Loser DVD's, Tae Bo, and Zoomba...I'm guessing at the spelling there. It could be Zumba. Regardless, it's a dance work out.

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A.P.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Great post- I have been meaning to start yoga myself for the flexibility. I don't like yoga classes because I can't get into the odd vibe there so a tape would be perfect.

If you are really looking to get in shape The Firm is considered one of the best DVDs out there. It is tough but it does the trick. It uses lots of resistance training with weights which is KEY to getting into good shape. You can find it at Target.

One more thing:try doing interval training on your Elliptical. It is much more efficient when you are busy and studies are increasingly finding it to be more effective than longer, steady-paced cardio workouts. You can do this by warming up for 3 minutes then going all out for one minute. You then decrease to steady and not too hard for 3 minutes and then all out for 1 mintue again. Do this for 20 minutes.

-good luck!

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A.J.

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I find that pilates added to cardio (eliptical) is the quickest way to see results. It never does much on it's own, same with yoga. If you're already trim, it's enough to do just pilates or yoga to maintian, and yoga is awsome in so many other ways, but you won't burn much away. Excpecially quickly, oit's about long term results and taking lots og time for it. There are lots of abs and pilates videos that are short-like 20 minutes, but you'll have to get the cardio in as well. I like "Crunchless Abs" and "Winsor Pilates" You'll see the results when you're consistent, and not when you aren't. I recently went back to the gym for training, because I wasn't doing enough at home to matter. I'm hoping to get back to "maintenance level" in a few weeks,and then not slack off on my videos! You may want to think about some sort of "hard boost" like muscle stuff and running just for the next couple of weeks while the weather is nice, and then switch to your indoor routine. GOOD LUCK!!! ps , if you just do pilates, don't forget to always do some push ups and leg stuff too real quick, the more muscles you engage per workout, the more calories you burn and you raise your metabolism

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S.K.

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I have the walking tapes w/Leslie Sansone. I do like those, they were easy for me to start up with but I got a bit bored w/ them after a while.

My fave is Fat Blasting Yoga w/ Denise Austin I think. It is fast paced but really stretches you out & works your muscles. Not too long (3 sections of 20, 15 & 15) so if you want more, you just watch 2 sections but I know that when I was doing just the one section consistently, I was really losing weight, my back was not sore when I woke up in the mornings (horrible mattress), etc. It was always interesting & fun.

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F.V.

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Ali,
You want to get into shape? Billy Blanks Tae Bo will kick your butt into shape realllll fast! He is a bit psycho on working out but man oh man will you get one heck of a work out! I used to do his dvd's and I lost inches quick. I promise, you do it for a week and you will see a difference. I too have an eliptical and it is blah boring.
Good luck
C

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T.S.

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E.S.

answers from Pittsburgh on

I have a DVD that I don't use often enough, but if I did it every day I know I would see results. It's call "10 minute solutions" and it's several 10 minute workouts that you can do separately when you have 10 minutes, or bunch some of them together for a longer workout. There are 2 aerobic workouts, an abs workout, legs and thighs, arms, and I think butt. I usually end up doing the 2 aerobic ones then the abs. Again, if I were consistent, I would look great because it really does only take 10 minutes each workout.

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R.B.

answers from Philadelphia on

Mari Winsor's sculpting series is perfect. The workouts are 20 minutes and the results are amazing. I bought a package deal from her website as I had trouble finding them in stores. Online is probably the best place to look. I use a yoga mat on carpet, but if you do not have carpet I strongly suggest you get a pilates mat. Good luck.

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A.W.

answers from Philadelphia on

i have a friend who is a team beach body coach and she can help you choose a wokrout that you can do at home but will get you results. Her email is [email protected]____.com and her name is Tracy Mcdonald. I do the power 90 workouts and they are really good. It's nice to be able to pick your own routine and still get results. Musch less expensive than the gym when you just get a dvd!

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A.W.

answers from Philadelphia on

I don't know who your cable provider is, but mine is Comcast and I went to their on demand section and tried out Jilian Michaels (from The Biggest Loser on tv) and she has a great 20 minute workout. There are also some Leslie Sansone walking videos I've tried on there for free and they are great also.

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K.A.

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Hi! I really love the DVD by personal fitness coach Dave Berger which you can buy from his website:

http://numberoneme.com/

Try it!!

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D.B.

answers from Philadelphia on

Best tapes and most doable tapes are any by Leslie Sansone. You can get her walking tapes at Target, WalMart. It brings great results.
D. B

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M.T.

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I have been doing Beginners On The Ball by Lisbeth Garcia. I have noticed changes, leaner legs, waist, back, hips, etc. I really feel great after using it. It is suppossed to be a beginner DVD but it does have some challenges in it. You will need a ball which you can get pretty inexpensively at $5 below. I also like anything by Karen Voight. Working out on the ball really can help get your abs toned because you are constantly using your abs/core to balance.

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B.

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I teach yoga and have many dvd's. I really like Baron Baptiste. He has one called Core Power and its only 30 minutes, which is great for a busy mom. He has many dvd's and they are all good. I also like Shiva Rea. Most of her DVD's have a 'menu' so you can select your own session, so it can be as short or as long as you need it. Rodney Yee is good for beginers, but I do prefer the other two. Good Luck!

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M.M.

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Leslie Sandstones indoor walking videos are great. They come in the one, two, or three mile and really give you a work out plus add a little variation to make it fun. Good Luck!

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T.Y.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi Ali, I'm a personal trainer and I'm not sure what the latest DVDs are but you should really keep at the elliptical...if you increase the time you are on it each time by 1 minute in a few weeks you will be doing enough to get some benefits. Really, anything is better than nothing. I also wanted to say that while pilates, yoga and cardio are great you really need some type of resistance training. You can use your own bodyweight, dumbbells, stability balls, etc. Many women think that cardio workouts are the way to lose weight but resistance training increases lean muscle mass and boosts your metabolism so that you are a calorie burning machine even when you are not working out. A good program includes cardio, resistance training, flexibility and good nutrition. Don't diet, just make better food choices.

I hope this helps you on your path to a healthier, trimmer you. I'm not sure if you have them in your area but Baby Boot Camp classes are a great way to lose the baby weight. In the Philadelphia area we have Toddler Friendly classes too. Check out www.babybootcamp.com to see if there's a class near you.

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D.C.

answers from Philadelphia on

There is nothing like some good ol' Taebo. I love Billy Blanks and he continues to keep me hype and intrigue to workout. Sometimes, I like my workout to be fun so I would also recommend Carmen Electra Strip Tease collection of dvds. DVD 2 will really get your working out hard. I also heard that Biggest Loser's Jillian workout dvd are excellent too. Have fun!

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