My Favorite Go To Workout DVD’s!

I hope you all had a good weekend! If you haven’t gotten a chance, head over to Maren’s Morsels and read my guest post for her yesterday!

As I said yesterday, I pretty much worked all weekend at the golf course and at the gym…the joy of having two part time jobs! 😉 My workouts this weekend did include:

  • Friday: 10 mile bike ride and strength circuit from Tone It Up
  •  Saturday: 2.5 mile run before work and an evening bike ride with the Arms, and Abs circuit from my Beach Babe DVD last night.
  • Sunday: 14 mile fast paced bike ride and decided it would be “fun” to run a mile after to see how fast I could do it… legs felt like jello!
My legs are still feeling it now!

Over the weekend I was thinking about how awesome workout DVD’s can be in order to get a good sweat in.  I thought it would be a good idea to talk about my favorite ones that I rotate through to get my daily sweat on! I know some people hate them or don’t’ stick with them, but I think fitness DVD’s are an EXCELLENT resource to use at home! They are so great when you’re short on time or for anyone to get their needed exercise for the day. Some people don’t like the gym…some people can’t afford the gym! I know his firsthand that gyms can be VERY expensive! I am lucky to work at a gym for a free membership, otherwise if I was paying on my own, (at this point in my life), I might have to nix the gym all together. However, I wouldn’t be THAT upset about this, except for missing Body Pump Class, because I know that I can get a great workout while staying around my house!

I really don’t live that close to the gym that I work at to want to drive into the gym on my days off (hello, gas prices!) from there, so popping in a DVD and getting my good old cardio outside is my perfect day. Here are my top ones that I enjoy regularly:

1. Beach Babe DVD by Tone It Up

This DVD Rocks! Seriously- There are 6 workouts and a stretch session. They’re all different so you can piece them together to do what kind of workout you want to for the day!

There is:

  • Surfer Girl Workout (about 20 minutes, some plyometric and strength moves)
  • HIIT the Beach (Hight Intensity Interval Traning, 20 mins- My favorite!)
  • Body Sculpt  (Strength Circuit- the longest workout around 40 minutes)
  • Bikini Abs
  • Summer Arms
  • Bikini Booty
  • Long & Lean Routine
I do the HIIT workout often when I’m not feeling up for a run or bike (or the weather stinks) and then usually add one of two the body part focused workouts, and then do the Long & Lean routine which is a short Yoga-ish way to stretch out

The downside is that this DVD cost me about $35 dollar with shipping, however, with the amount of workouts and what you get out of it- I believe it was worth it!

2. Jillian Michaels- 30 Day Shred


This is one of the first DVD’s I really really liked using at home! It has 3 different level workouts and they are all created like circuits using Jillian’s 3-2-1 method: 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, 1 minute of abs. These ones are fast paced which I love because it goes by so quick and I am really sweating by the end; and it’s only about 25 minutes! Plus it’s about $10 at Target! STEAL!

3. Jillian Michaels- Ripped in 30

This DVD is one I just bought this spring and also really enjoy because it has 4 different workouts! and this DVD was also only $10 at Target! That’s some excellent value right there! This DVD is also in the 3-2-1 method. Definitely a killer workout! She never uses the same thing twice in any of the circuits which keeps in interesting.

4. Jillian Michaels- Yoga Meltdown

I think you’re starting to see a pattern here, no? Yes,  I love Jillian’s workouts! They’re awesome and they’re always different- AND they’re cheap AND effective! I am not a “yogi” per say so I enjoy this because Jillian isn’t really either and so this tape is more of a power yoga kinda of tape, so their is still some strength moves, but with some stretching too! Also it’s 2 half hour level classes and this is about all the time I can handle of yoga in one day 🙂

Okay- so I hope from all these you realize that you can work out, at home, CHEAP! What do you need for any of these workouts?

  • Hand weights-3lb-5lb weights are fine for most cause they’re more high reps (especially Beach Babe- trust me), but sometimes I use 8’s and 10’s for more stable moves like dead lifts.
  • Yoga Mat – I find cheap ones at TJ Maxx and Marshalls
  • Room to move around!
So a couple DVD’s and few hand weights…maybe $30-40 dollars total depending on how many DVD’s- much cheaper than a gym membership! I hope this post today gave you a few ideas and maybe will motivate you to try something new. Remember:
Change is good for the body! You’re muscles like when you mix things up! 
So anways- do you like or hate Workout DVD’s? Have they helped you mix up your routine? Tell me about it! You know I love them!

19 thoughts on “My Favorite Go To Workout DVD’s!

  1. I looooove Jillians dvds. I have her kettlebell one as well which is pretty tough. Although Bob Harpers dvds are INSANE. He has a strength training one that is seriously killer. I have to stop all the time during that thing lol

  2. I needed this post. Rather than getting down about not being able to afford a gym, I think these are great ways to utilize some free workouts. Thanks for the tips, I am hopefully going to get these soon.

    • seriously they can replace many classes at the gym..of course not as fun as working out with a big group (i don’t think) but when you need them they’re awesome!

    • haha i understand!! i’ve lived in a lot of apartments where that was a no-no..especially if I brought them to Drew’s. However, all but the HIIT one from Tone It Up don’t have a lot of jumping and impact that would shake the floor and the yoga one too! maybe those would work for you

  3. I have the 30 day shred on my Amazon and I’ve started but never made it through the whole thing. I love your list. Maybe I’ll have to try again.

  4. I like this round-up! I got a signed copy of the Beach Babe DVD at the TIU Meet n Greet in NYC and I like it so far. I’ve only done the HIIT, Long & Lean, and Bikini Abs. But I really want to try the Sculpt because that’s a nice length of time for a home workout and I like to use them sometimes in the mornings when I don’t have time to hit the gym after work.

    • ah i remember reading your post on that! i was very jealous! 🙂 i like the sculpt for when i have more time and want to focus on my strength moves! i definitely like that for days I don’t go to the gym too so you will definitely like it!

  5. This is a great post, hun :)!!!! I love hearing which DVDs are the good ones! My birthday is coming up and some of these will definitely be on my list! Thank you thank you!

  6. I’ve never tried workout DVDs but the Jillian Michael’s yoga one sounds like it would be perfect for me. I want to do more yoga, but need something thats more engaging and faster. Thanks!

    btw, I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award!

    • You should! you will LOVE it! thank you about the blog! i loveee it, and no i didn’t do it cause i’m not very good with that kinda of stuff but Maren did! I saw she had Design services on her blog and she helped me do the header and the side social buttons! they’re so awesome! 🙂 check her out if you ever want anything done to yours!!

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