The 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.

Yoga For Beginners DVD Review

by Natalie Belford

Yoga For Beginners comes with three separate DVDs to provide users with a variety of workouts. The first DVD is titled Yoga For Stress Relief and includes a discussion about meditation by H.H. the Dalia Lama. Inside the first DVD users will find a variety of routines that focus on relieving stress, such as Insomnia Issues and Letting Go of the Day. The routines in this DVD range in time from fifteen minutes to fifty minutes, with most of them lasting about thirty-five minutes.

A pregnant friend asked me to help her choose a workout video for her.  After doing some searching, I ending up finding 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.

I’m a bit of a fitness nut, but I hate doing crunches.  Always have, always will.  So when I heard about the Personal Training with Jackie: Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs DVD I was pretty excited.  This DVD lets me work out my abs without leaving the house.  The DVD has two fifteen minute workouts designed to strengthen abdominal muscles.  One workout is a standing routine and the other features a floor routine.  Each one works your abs hard without making use of crunches.  In this video crunches are considered a waste of time.  What could be better?

I’ve been looking for a way to get a good workout at home recently, and the 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.

When it’s cold outside I love having the option to work out in my home.  Exercise DVDs like 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.

I love working out at the gym, but sometimes it’s nice to do something a little different.  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.