7 Awesome Workout DVDs (yes, those old things) To Try!

7 Awesome Workout DVDs (yes, those old things) To Try!

I am sure that many people think that DVDs are completely outdated but there are still some great ones out there!

DVDs are what set off my love of fitness and staying in shape. I have done quite a few in my life and I enjoyed most of them. In this post, I will be showing you some of my favorites that I think you might like too!

7 awesome workout DVDs

  1. Cardio: Jillian Michael’s Banish Fat Boost Metabolism

Whether you like her or not, she does have some great workout videos. Her Banish Fat Boost Metabolism workout definitely does not disappoint.

This is a 40 minute circuit workout that blasts a good amount of calories while keeping you interested. You will find that time flies by with the intense intervals. It even includes ab work for a complete workout on a day off from weightlifting.

You can find it on Amazon or buy it on YouTube.

2. Cardio and strength training: Jari Love’s Get Extremely Ripped! 1000

Whew! This one is a tough! The 1000 part of the title refers to the number of calories you may burn by doing the workout.

The structure of the workout is cardio intervals with strength training after them. There are beginner, intermediate and advance modifications so you can make it as easy or as hard as you want.

The running time of the workout is 75 minutes. The nice thing though is that you can choose to break up the exercise moves to end up having multiple workouts that focus on different things.

This workout will definitely have you reaching your goals in no time when paired with a sensible diet. You can find it on Amazon.

*If I remember correctly, I burned around 600-700 calories whenever I did this workout back in the day.*

3. Cardio and strength: Cathe Friedrich X10

This DVD is pretty amazing when it comes to giving you a full body blast in a short amount of time. There are multiple premixed workouts on it that you can pick from or have one longer workout.

There is equipment that is used in some of the workouts (a cardio step and gliding discs) but you can modify things and do without them.

If you are one that likes long workouts, this may not be the right one for you. If you are looking for a quality workout, than this is one you should consider. You may not see a ton of calories burned on your fitness watch but you will definitely get a good afterburn.

You can find this on Amazon and on Cathe’s website.

4. Strength training: Kelly Coffey Meyer’s 30 Minutes to Fitness: Muscle Definition

This was the DVD that really got me into strength training. It has you using light weights but it is still effective as you are free to add in heavier ones if you want more of a challenge.

There are premixed workouts target different muscle groups or individual ones. You can also choose the full body, longer option for a more intense workout.

You can find this workout DVD on Amazon and on Kelly’s website.

5. Strength training: Cathe Friedrich’s Slow & Heavy

Wowza! This offering by Cathe is a real burner. It involves lifting weight really slowly which may have you screaming after a while (I may have).

There are three workouts that focus on different muscle groups or you can put them all together to have a great full body workout. All you need are some dumbbells of different weights and then you are able to make the workouts as easy or as hard as you want.

You can find the DVD on Amazon and on her website.

6. Strength training and cardio: The Firm’s 500 Calorie Workout with Kelsie Daniels

This is a fun, intense and fast moving full body workout. It has a runtime of 60 minutes. There is a warm-up and cool down included.

Light weights are used but you can modify things so that the weight can be heavier if you want. As I recall, there are some tricky moves but you will get the hang of them better after doing them multiple times.

One thing I love about this workout (aside from it being great) is that the trainer is black. I do not usually like to make things about race but I think it is wonderful to see a fellow black person who is passionate about staying in shape.

With modifications to make it harder, I remember burning really close to 500 calories each time I did the workout.

You can find the DVD on Amazon.

7. Mari Winsor: Pilates

Mari Winsor is an amazing Pilates instructor. I used this DVD a lot (and will use it again soon!) and saw wonderful results.

There is one full workout (runs around 50 minutes) and an express workout (runs 25 minutes). You do not have to be an expert to do the workouts as they are great for beginners too. There are three different people showing three different levels of difficulty so you can follow along with what they are doing.

You can find this DVD on Amazon.

I highly recommend these!

These were my favorites back when I used to do DVD workouts and I think many others would like them too. They are great for those that do not want to take the risk of going to a gym right now.

There are so many other good DVDs out there and I plan on getting some to use as a part of my exercise routines.

Collage Video is a wonderful site to visit as they rate and review pretty much all workout DVDs on the market. You can also buy some through them. If you still have a DVD player and are interested, you may want to check them out.

Let me know if you have done workout DVDs and if so, which ones.

Thanks for reading!

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My Current Workout Routine (you should try it too!)

My Current Workout Routine (you should try it too!)

I just love this picture for whatever reason.

I am one week into my new workout routine and I am loving it! Because of that, I wanted to share it with you guys and maybe you will want to try one or all of these workouts too.

The six days a week routine

As always, my workout routine involves strength training and cardio. I do two days of upper, two days of lower and two days of cardio with abs. The strength training days include cardio, too.

My week looks like this: Upper body/cardio and abs/lower body, rest, upper body/cardio and abs/lower body.

For the strength training days, I move quickly between the exercises after a few minutes of cardio. This ensures I get in quality workout sessions that burn a good amount of calories.

I came up with a great cardio ladder workout that really scorches some calories. It is tough while I am doing it but I feel really refreshed afterwards.

Without further ado, here are my workouts:

Upper body

I grouped up the exercises like the Fitness Blender workout I did recently. The exercise moves are completed without rest (or very minimal). Each group is done two times.

Group 1- Chest and back

  1. Three minutes of cardio (jumping jacks, high knees, mountain climbers etc.)
  2. Chest press
  3. Bent over rows
  4. Alternating chest flyes
  5. Back flyes
  6. Close arms chest press
  7. Close arms bent over rows
  8. Regular push ups
  9. Staggered hand push ups

Group 2- Shoulders and lats

  1. Three minutes of cardio
  2. Overhead press
  3. Pull overs
  4. Alternating front raises
  5. Alternating pull overs
  6. Lateral raises
  7. Arm circles (20 seconds one way, 20 seconds the other way)
  8. Hindu push ups

Group 3: Biceps and triceps

  1. 3 minutes of cardio
  2. Single arm triceps extension (left or right)
  3. Hammer curls
  4. Single arm triceps extension (with other arm)
  5. Alternating bicep curls
  6. Skull crushers
  7. Triceps dips
  8. Staggered hand push ups

According to my fitness watch, my calories burned for this workout was 340.

Cardio and abs

Cardio ladder workout: Each group is done two times. No rest between exercise moves in the groups.

Group 1-

  1. Three minutes of cardio (jumping jacks, high knees, mountain climbers etc.)
  2. Two feet jump through
  3. Right foot only jump through
  4. Left foot only jump through

Group 2-

  1. Three minutes of cardio
  2. Side-to-middle jump through
  3. Two feet shuffle in each square
  4. Straight run through

Group 3-

  1. Three minutes of cardio
  2. Side shuffle
  3. in-in-out feet jump through
  4. Crossover (see here: https://www.yourhousefitness.com/blog/the-crossover-karoke-exercise)

Group 4-

  1. Three minutes of cardio
  2. Repeat of any of the other moves
  3. Repeat of any of the other moves
  4. Repeat of any of the other moves

Abs: Each exercise done two times for 10-12 reps.

  1. Weighted crunches
  2. Bicycle crunches
  3. Pike crunches

According to my fitness watch, my calories burned during this workout was 496.

Lower body

Each of these groups is done two times with no rest between the exercises in them.

Group 1-

  1. Three minutes of cardio
  2. Regular deadlifts
  3. Squat to reverse lunges
  4. Weighted bridges

Group 2-

  1. Three minutes of cardio
  2. Legs together squats
  3. Walking lunges
  4. Plie squats

Group 3-

  1. Three minutes of cardio
  2. Stiff legged deadlifts
  3. Static lunges
  4. Single leg glute bridges

Group 4-

  1. Three minutes of cardio
  2. Side lunges
  3. Curtsy lunges
  4. Inner thigh raises with weight on legs

According to my fitness watch, my calories burned for this workout was 323.

I love this routine!

So there is the routine I am doing for the next five or so weeks. The first week of this went really well and I am very satisfied with how I arranged the exercises for each day.

Thanks for reading this and if you decide to try one of these workouts-let me know how you like it!

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Fitness Blender Calorie Burn Comparison

Fitness Blender Calorie Burn Comparison

I did another one of these Fitness Blender calorie burn comparisons a while ago now. It was interesting to see my number compared to the range that they give on their website.

I decided to do another comparison post just for fun. Read on if interested!

Which workout I chose and why

I chose Fitness Blender’s 43 minute Upper Body and Cardio Kickboxing Workout for this comparison. I had actually planned on doing one on a lower body workout as I had already done a comparison on an upper body workout. This video really caught my eye though.

I used to like kickboxing workouts back in my college days as it provided a good challenge for me cardiovascular wise and I thought it was fun. Combining those moves with upper body weightlifting seemed like it would make for a great workout.

About this workout

This upper body workout is 43 minutes long and is rated 4/5 on the difficulty scale. It contains a warm-up and a cool down with stretching.

The workout has three groups of kickboxing and three groups of strength training. First a kickboxing group is done and then a strength training group is done.

All the groups contain two different moves that are each repeated twice. Each move is done for 45 seconds on and 15 seconds off. That amounts to each exercise group taking four minutes.

After all of the exercise groups are done, there is a burnout round that includes four different exercises. They are each done for 45 seconds on and then 15 seconds off.

The calorie burn estimate range is 265-468.

My experience and calorie burn

As with all of Fitness Blender’s weight training workouts, I try to make some modifications to make them a little more challenging for me. For this one, all I did was make sure that I was choosing weights that were heavy enough to hit my muscles well.

I put my all into the kickboxing moves as I was in the mood for a tough workout at the time. My physical and mental energy levels were up!

I did not peek at my fitness watch at all during the workout to save the surprise for after I was done with it. Upon completion of it, I saw that I had burned 300 calories. This fell in the calorie burn estimate range that they gave.

Although I burned more calories with this one than the last one I did a post on, it was not my favorite workout in the world. The way it was arranged and the kickboxing elements just did not do it for me. I do recommend it to others though.

Another interesting comparison!

I officially really like doing these posts. It breaks up the monotony of my workout regimens that I do for around six weeks.

My next calorie burn comparison will be in a couple of weeks so if you like these posts, stay tuned!

You can find the workout here: https://www.fitnessblender.com/videos/upper-body-workout-cardio-kickboxing-strength-and-cardio-workout

Thanks for reading!

#calories #calorieburn #fitnessblender #fitnessvideos #workouts #weightlifting #cardio #kickboxing #health

New Workout Routine

New Workout Routine

It is time for me to switch up my workout routine again!

Okay, I actually have done half a week of the new routine already but I wanted to post it anyways. I wore my fitness watch so I could put down the number of calories I burned (estimated).

Without further ado….here are my workouts!

Upper body days ( two times per week)

Circuit (3X)-

  1. Eight minutes of cardio
  2. Chest press
  3. Chest flyes
  4. Bent over rows
  5. Back flyes
  6. Overhead presses
  7. Lateral raises
  8. Hammer curls
  9. Triceps kickbacks
  10. Regular pushups
  11. Triceps pushups

After doing the eight minutes of cardio, I then move through the weighlifting exercises with very minimal rest. Each circuit is done three times through.

First workout burned 337 calories and I had a max heart rate of 171.

Lower body days (two times a week)

Circuit (3X)-

  1. Eight minutes of cardio
  2. Regular squats
  3. Regular deadlifts
  4. Reverse lunges
  5. Stiff legged deadlifts
  6. Legs-together squats
  7. Plie squats
  8. Bridges
  9. Pilates leg lifts

This is done just like the upper body workout is.

First workout done burned 315 calories and my maximum heart rate was 164.

Cardio and abs days (two days per week)

For cardio, I have been doing a combination of different calisthenics with a lot more burpees being the change from my last workout routine. After I get done, I do two sets of ab moves (bicycle crunches and pike crunches).

First workout done burned 309 calories and my maximum heart rate was 152.

These calorie numbers look low, don’t they?

I thought I would be burning more calories than this due to the amount of effort that I felt was going into them. I have to remember though that I am not a large person so my numbers will be lower.

I still love doing these workouts despite the calories burned and I know that they will do a lot of good for my body.

What is your workout routine looking like these days?

Thanks for reading!

#homeworkouts #fitness #health #womenshealth #weightlifting #cardio

New Workout Routine

New Workout Routine

Jeez, I wish I had large set of these instead of my dilapidated PowerBlock weights!

It is that time to switch up my workout routine! I just love to come up with different ways to arrange my workouts so that I keep my body guessing and to not get bored.

So without further ado, here is what I will be doing for the next six weeks!


I will always be doing four weightlifting workouts a week (two upper and two lower body days). That will never, ever change. Here is what I am going to be doing on these days:

Upper body

10 minutes of non-stop cardio (jumping jacks, high-knees, burpees, star jumps etc.)

Weightlifting supersets (done three times each) –

A1. Chest press

A2. Chest Flyes

B1. Bent over rows

B2. Back flyes

Walking rest to get warmed back up

10 minutes of non-stop cardio again

Weightlifting supersets (done three times each)-

A1. Shoulder press

A2. Lateral raises

B1. Hammer curls

B2. Tricep kickbacks

Lower body

Sets done two to three times each-

A1. Jump Squats (one minute straight)

A2. Legs-together squats

A3. Wide deadlifts

B1. Star Jumps (one minute straight)

B2. Front lunges

B3. Plie squats

C1. Jump squats with leg cross-overs (one minute straight)

C2. Regular squats

C3. Stiff legged deadlifts

D1. Jump lungs (one minute straight)

D2. Side lunges

D3. Regular deadlifts

E1. High knees (one minute straight)

E2. Reverse lunges

E3. Bridges

F1. Jump lunges (one minute straight)

F2. Curtsy lunges

F3. Leg raises


I will still be doing 30-40 minutes of the calisthenics but I will be switching up which ones I do and push myself harder. I recently found an exercise library on the Ace fitness site and will be doing some moves from there. You can find the library here: https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/exercise-library/equipment/no-equipment/

On these days I will also continue to do three sets of two different ab moves.

To Yoga or not to Yoga?

I keep saying I am going to start doing Yoga but I never end up doing it. It seems like it may be really good for me so we will see if I get around to it in the next coming weeks.

What are your workouts looking like? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

#homeworkouts #fitness #fitmom #weightlifting #cardio #health