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I am sure that many people think that DVDs are completely outdated but there are still some great ones out there!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 really like Fitness Blender and all they have to offer in terms of at-home workouts. Their videos have given me the inspiration to formulate my own workouts that I feel are best for me.

Every one of Fitness Blender’s workouts videos has an estimated calorie burn range. Just out of interest, I have decided to do one of their workouts every once in a while and wear my fitness watch to see how many calories I actually burn.

This post will be the first comparison I do. Read on if interested!

Fitness Blender workout done: Daniel’s Upper Body Strength Workout for People Who Get Bored Easily

This is one of their many upper body workouts they offer. It is catered towards people who do not like a lot of repetition in their workouts.

This particular workout has three groups of strength training-no cardio. Each group focuses on two areas of the upper body (chest/back, shoulders/lats, biceps/triceps). There are eight exercises in each group.

The exercises in the groups are done back-to-back for 45 seconds each. There is a water break/longer rest after each group. The workout also includes a warm-up and cool down.

The duration of the entire workout is only 39 minutes due to the fast pace of the strength training. The weight you are to lift is entirely up to you and what you are able to handle.

This workout’s calorie burn estimate range: 227-404 calories

My take on this workout and my calorie burn

I usually do bursts of cardio with my strength training workouts to add in some extra calorie burning. This workout’s cardio-like activity comes from moving fast. A little bit of a change for me!

Despite it looking kind of easy, my arms definitely got really fatigued before the workout was over. It is actually not something I am used to when doing strength training.

Having my arms tired only part of the way through the workout seemed like a great sign to me!

Upon completion of this workout, I felt like I got a wonderful workout in even though there was no cardio. I had a feeling I was going to be sore then next day and I sure was.

I loved the way the workout was set up and I can definitely see how it would be good for someone who finds more traditional weight lifting to be boring.

My calorie burn for this workout (according to my watch) was only 120 calories. So despite feeling like I was working hard, I did not burn as much as Fitness Blender’s estimated calorie burn range for the particular workout. Bummer

I still really enjoyed this workout though and I would recommend it to others!

In conclusion

While I liked the workout and it did challenge me, I did not reach the calories burned estimate. What I plan on doing is taking this workout and making it my own. I will do a post about my changes to it in a few days.

Have you done Fitness Blender workouts? If so, did you like them?

Thanks for reading!

#fitnessblender #homeworkouts #homegym #powerblocks #weightlifting #fitness #exercise

Resistance Band Workout + Review

Resistance Band Workout + Review

Working out with resistance bands seem to be a very popular thing right now. From influencers selling them and pretending that they use them (yes, that was shade) to resistance band workout articles popping up everywhere.

They are the in thing and for good reason.

I decided to take out my resistance bands and try a workout that uses them. In this post I will talk about how it went for me.

Resistance bands: What and why

Resistance bands are just that-bands that provide resistance. Because of this, using them gives our muscles some work.

There are many options when it comes to buying resistance bands. Some of them are looped and others have handles. The latter ones can also come with door anchors to do certain exercises with.

You can buy just one resistance band or a few different ones that have varying levels of resistance. They will be equivalent to lifting certain amounts of weight so make sure to read the product description carefully so you know what you are getting.

Some benefits to using resistance bands are as follows:

  • They are great for home workouts as they do not take up much room.
  • They are cost effective. This is because they can replace a bunch of dumbbells.
  • They help with strengthening the muscles just as dumbbells do.
  • They are lightweight which means they are easy to move around when you have to store them away.
  • Great for easing back into strength training after breaks from it due to varying reasons.
  • Great for easing into strength training if it has not been done before.
  • Great to bring along on trips.
  • Great for changing up your workouts.
  • Can provide great stretches.
  • Allows for better control of strength exercises.
  • Can be added in with dumbbell workouts.

Resistance band set option (with door anchors): https://www.amazon.com/VEICK-Resistance-Exercise-Portable-Training/dp/B086X4PN48/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=resistance+bands&qid=1606769888&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFKN0dTQVZITjhTU0MmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA2OTM2OTMzOEJEVFQxSURaNlg1JmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA1MTE3ODgyTDVRR0FJOElHTUc1JndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

Resistance band loop option: https://www.amazon.com/Fit-Simplify-Resistance-Exercise-Instruction/dp/B01AVDVHTI/ref=sr_1_4_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=resistance+bands&qid=1606769974&sr=8-4-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExNVVaOENWQU1SNUlSJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMjcwNjYyM1FSWjBGUjlQOVozOCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMDQzNTgzMzBFODhFVEJPU1RPUCZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

The resistance band workout I tried

I was Googling resistance band workouts and found one from Coach magazine. This is a fitness/health magazine and is based in the UK. It is targeted towards men but that did not deter me!

The workout is geared towards the upper body and includes cardio components. It is a circuit that has four exercises which include lateral raises, overhead press, bicep curls and band pull-aparts. Each is done for 30 seconds with 30 seconds of cardio in between each instead of a rest.

The article states that each circuit should be done four times. The workout will take around 20 minutes to complete.

My thoughts on this workout

I am really tied to my PowerBlock dumbbells so I was worried that I would not get a good workout session in with the bands. Fortunately, I was wrong as it was a wonderful workout!

The following are the things I liked about it:

  • Different- It was a change from my usual strength workouts which made it pretty darn fun for me.
  • Simple and quick- I can see this as being a great workout for someone who wants something relatively quick and not complicated to do.
  • Totally customizable- I can make this workout even harder, substitute strength moves, add strength moves, add weights etc.
  • Effective- I did feel like my muscles got a good workout. I even had some soreness the next day.
  • Easy to grip- I have been having a harder time gripping the PowerBlocks recently for whatever reason. The handles on the bands I used for the workout, were easier and more comfortable to grip.

I did not wear my fitness watch during the workout so I do not know how many calories I burned. I do know that I was working hard during the session and got my heart rate up.

This workout is one that I would highly recommend. You can find it here:https://www.coachmag.co.uk/home-workouts/5549/resistance-band-workout-burn-fat-in-just-20-minutes

I will be using resistance bands again

I plan on incorporating resistance bands into my exercise sessions from now on. The workout from Coach magazine is also something I will do again with some adjustments that will make it harder and even more effective.

Do any of you use resistance bands to workout with? If so, let me know what you like about them!

Thanks for reading!

#workouts #homeworkouts #homegym #fitness #weightlifting #resistancebands #strengthtraining #safeathome #coachmagazine

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!

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