Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 workout DVD is one of the most intense workout DVDs I have ever seen. Jillian Michaels for those who are unaware is one of the trainers for the show The Biggest Loser. One reason why I think she has so many workout DVDs on the market is because of how effective she is. I know that when purchasing her workout DVD that I will get an intense workout that will help get me into the best shape of my life.
Element: Ballet Conditioning is by far one of my favorite workout DVDs that I own. When I first saw it I was not going to get it because I never really took dance lessons as a kid and I thought in order to succeed with this DVD I would have to know all about ballet. However, it turns out that I was wrong; I have been very successful with this workout DVD despite my limited ballet knowledge.
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The Perfect Pregnancy Workout Vol. 1. After working my way through it once, I was ready to give it a hearty recommendation. This video is led by Karyne Steben, an acrobat who worked with Cirque du Soleil. She also happened to be in her third trimester when she filmed the workout, so there’s really no excuse not to follow along with her. Her sculpting workout hits every part of your body, raising your mood and getting you ready for the challenge you have coming. The DVD includes a 12 minute instruction session that explains how to complete the workout safely and correctly.
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P90X Extreme Home Fitness Workout Program was exactly what I was looking for. When I started the program I wasn’t in bad shape, but over the past few weeks I’ve noticed a big improvement in my body. The program comes with 12 highly diverse and intense DVD workouts that really make you work. Each workout focuses on a different area. All the major parts of the body get their own workout, plus you spend time doing yoga, plyometrics, and kickboxing. Each workout takes advantage of the muscle confusion technique, a type of exercise that keeps your muscles guessing to prevent plateaus. The workouts are led by Tony Horton. He instructs very well, keeping it positive and motivating without getting annoying. In order to make sure things don’t get boring, you have the ability to mix and match routines. You can go for a couple weeks without doing the same routine twice, which is hard to find in an exercise DVD.
Jillian Michaels: Shred-It With Weights gives me just what I’m looking for – a challenging workout I can do without starting up my car. This DVD includes two thirty minute workouts designed to be done with a free weight or kettle bell. The extra weight adds some intensity to the already challenging workouts. I’m in pretty good shape but I found myself working up a sweat after one of these routines. These boot camp routines are designed to be done in a graduated fashion: once you’ve done workout one for a while and you’re feeling stronger you work your way up to workout two. This gives you the opportunity to get stronger without becoming frustrated with exercises that are too difficult for you.
Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom allows me to do just that. This DVD is hosted by Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough. She leads you through a 55 minute dance workout that gets your heart pumping and blood moving. She incorporates several styles of ballroom dancing, including Cha-Cha and Jive. There’s a warm-up and cool down included, plus a bonus dance lesson to help everyone get acquainted with the different steps used throughout the workout.