As 2003 began, I was at or close to my highest weight of my life. I knew the time had come to do something about it, but I also knew from a lifetime of dieting that dieting wasn't the answer. Luckily, I found my way to a very supportive online community and, with their help, began a lifestyle change. While I am still not at goal weight, I continue to eat healthy (most of the time) and exercise today.
For various reasons, these are my favorites of the scores of workout DVDs I have tried since 2003:
Pilates Conditioning for Weight Loss is #1 for a reason--it works out every part of your body (down to your toes), it was filmed on Maui so it is gorgeous, and it offers three skill levels, but all on the same screen. I found this greatly helpful because I can do about 75% of the workout at the advanced level but, due to my knees or lack of spinal flexibility, I sometimes have to follow the moderate level.
See the full review, "Works every part of your body!".
Advanced exercisers may scoff at Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds DVDs, but they are GREAT for someone who is just starting out with exercise, extremely obese, older, lacking in balance or coordination or otherwise not up to a more intense workout. I own 3 of her WATP DVDs
One of the reasons I always enjoyed Tamilee's workout DVD is that I was still working full time when I was introduced to it and, because it is at two skill levels, offers 15-minute workout segments and has segments for arms, legs/buns and abs, it covers a LOT of territory in a short amount of time. Even the advanced arms track is not bad, but the legs/buns and abs ones will have you groaning.
10-Minute Solution is a great and extensive series of workouts, each with a different focus. Kickbox Bootcamp features one of my favorite workouts (kickboxing) and one of my favorite instructors (Keli Roberts). It isn't full scale kickboxing (see #7 for that) but it works arms, legs and abs via a kickbox style. Another GREAT one for working people--you can do 1 10-minute workout, design your own mix of the 5 10-minute workouts, or do them all in order for an intense 50-minute workout.
The Biggest Loser Volume 1 DVD is a nice mix--nice warmup (not fun but functional), a strength & sculpt track, two cardio tracks and my favorite cooldown of any DVD workout (Bob Harper leads it). The HUGE weakness of this DVD IMHO is that they were too cheap to buy the rights to good music so you end up doing cardio to the Biggest Loser theme and it just SUCKS to not have better music for cardio.
If you're wanting to start (or end) your day with something kinder and gentler, Scott Cole's AM/PM Tai Chi workouts are excellent. The AM is meant to rev you up for your day and the PM is meant to relax you and prepare you for sleep. Also filmed in Hawaii and also in the studio.
NYC Ballet is filmed like a movie, so it is much better lit and has much higher production values than most workout DVDs. Gorgeous classical music complements the elegant setting. Narrated by the director of the New York Ballet and starring principal dancers. Great for toning, stretching & balance.
Balance Ball for Weight Loss is by the same people (Gaiam and Suzanne Deeson) who did the Pilates DVD at #1. Another nice full-body workout but this one is only at one skill level and is in a studio. Requires a balance ball.
Balance Ball for Beginners is a relatively simple workout that came with my balance ball. It is a great place to start if you're new to exercising or new to the balance ball. I found it a supremely relaxing workout and it also helped me build up my back and ab muscles enough to be able to do other workouts (like the abs portion of Tamilee Webb's DVD at #3) when I was just starting out.
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