A Review On Some Exercise DVD's

Hey girls! I hope you are all doing well and finding ways to stay motivated.

I workout at home. With 4 little boys, it's just a HUGE pain trying to balance everyone's schedule and get to the gym everyday. So, I bought an elliptical and parked it right in my already crowded living room. On days when I want something different (and my husband isn't here to laugh at me) I workout with DVD's.

I am not very coordinated. And the results are often comical. But at least I'm getting a workout!

Here are a few that I have tried:

Turbo Jam - I borrowed a couple of the DVD's from a friend. I probably did the workouts a couple times a week for a couple of months. Turbo Jam is a really fun workout. The instructor is nice, and peppy. She's very encouraging. She says stuff like 'go at your own pace', and 'you'll be whipping through this in no time'. The choreography is fun, and not to terribly difficult. The music was surprisingly not annoying. Always a plus in my book! Overall I think this is a good set for beginners.

Slim In 6 - Another one I borrowed. From the same friend. Said friend brought this one over when I very first started exercising. Oh my! I thought I was gonna die. This DVD is not dance. So it's not hard to follow along. It's just an hour long workout. There are a lot of lunges. I couldn't sit comfortably the next day, my legs and butt were so sore. The music is extremely uninteresting. However, it's really a great workout. Yes, it was hard at first. But I really started seeing results, which is what it's all about!

Dirty Dancing Dance Workout - I should probably tell you that Dirty Dancing is my most favoritest movie ever! So as soon as I saw this I snapped it off the shelf faster than you can say "God wouldn't have given you maracas if he didn't want you to shake 'em!"

I just got it a couple weeks ago. ($9 at WalMart) On the box it says 'You'll learn 4 fun routines with music from the movie.' Not to be confused with 'You will learn 4 dances from the movie.' So I was a little disappointed at first. But the dances are similar.

What I liked the most - The options. You can learn all the moves first, or you can do the dances individually with instruction, without instruction, or you can do all the dances back to back with no instruction.

What I didn't care for - The annoying lady instructor. At first I couldn't even learn the dances cause I was so busy making fun of her. After awhile though she became slightly less annoying. I also didn't care for my smart mouthed 3 year old saying "Mommy, you's not berry good at this."

So I'm not very good at it. I won't be hitting the ballroom anytime soon. But overall it was fun, and a decent cardio activity.

Personal Training With Jackie - Miss Jackie Warner apparently has her own reality show called Work Out. I live in the sticks and had never heard of it. But I guess she owns her own gym and is a personal trainer. She charges $400 for her classes. I got the DVD at WalMart for $9! What a deal huh?

This DVD rocks! I like Jackie cause she gets straight to the point. You are here to workout. She is not here to be your friend. There isn't choreography to fall all over, just moves and exercises that will whip you into shape!

There are 5 different workouts to choose from. Four of them are 15 minute workouts and then there is one 40 minute workout. I did the 15 minute Ab Only Circuit. Holy Moly! My abs hurt for 3 days!! I've also done the 15 minute Lower Body Circuit, it's hard. But effective! I still haven't done the 40 minute circuit. I wanted to today so I could tell you all about it - my stinkin' husband held the TV hostage playing video games! Maybe tomorrow............

Well, there's my thoughts on a few of the DVD's Ive tried. Have you tried any of these DVD's? What are your fave DVD's to do at home?


Daffy said...

Great post topic! Love this...you should do this again! Thanks for the info!

Laura said...

I agree great topic. Personally I'm hooked on Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. There are 3 levels & you do 10 days level 1, 10 days level 2 & 10 days level 3. This video kicks my ass.

I'm also playing around a bit with P90X. Not for beginners, but I will pull out an arms work out or a legs & butt workout to mix up the week a bit.

I'll have to try the Jackie video.

mommy2luke2008 said...

I had the Dirty Dancing DVD. I didn't like it. I thought it was hard to follow along with and well, not very motivating and not like the movie at all. I gave it my niece who loves the movie too, and she thought it was hard also (she's 8)

Heather said...

I had Turbo Jam and I did really like it - though I had it on VHS and now I have no VHS player, so I may have to pick these up again.

I have the Jackie one and I am building up to it...she scares me a little.

I just started the Tae Bo Basic DVD. The music is terrible, but the workout is really good. Once I master it I will move on to other Tae Bo's, I may just have to play my music and mute the TV.

Thanks for the tips!

BigSis said...

Dirty Dancing sounds like fun! Of course, I still haven't taken Yoga Booty Ballet out of the box, but I am planning on doing that very soon.

Angelia said...

I have been checking out the DVDs that Netflix has on demand. If you are a steaming customer you can get TONS of workout videos streamed right to you TV. There are some (like Jillian Michael's) that I would never spend the money on just because they are too expensive, but I can use them basically for free on Netflix.

June said...

I was just about to start prowling around for reviews on work-out dvd's - This is great!!

I hate annoying music or sickening instructors that make you want to shoot the gd tv...

Holly said...

Great reviews. I have slim in 6 and the first time I did it, lost 10 lbs w/o eating well....but I am older now. I do really like this series of workouts...there are just a lot of lunges and I have bad knees.

I am totally interested in Turbo Jam. The Jackie Warner one looks interesting..although the reality show was a bad excuse for a bunch of wannabe actors parading as personal trainers...and she was really annoying on the show, so I may be tainted.

I LOVE Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred...quick and effective. She has two others DVD's that are also good, but are longer and right now I am happy to have 30 minutes.

OK< I seriously have so many exercise DVD's...I also like Yoga Booty Ballet...much more mellow routine though. The Firm series is also good.

Sandra said...

I have the Turbo Jam series with new Cardio Party 2 and 3 DVDs as well. I also bought her Chalean Extreme DVD set to use after I got used to doing the TJ workouts. I remember the first time I used it, my back was so sore for about a week because of how much it worked my core - and I was pretty out of shape.

Glad to read about Jackie DVD. I'll have to give it a go. I've seen her Reality show (once or twice). Wasn't my kind of show but to each her own.
I have tons of DVDs, some I like, some I don't.
Jillian Michaels 30 D shred - I've tried and actually like it. I've got two more of hers that I got over Christmas but haven't tried them yet - I think one is called Trouble spots....something. Can't remember other one.
Great review!

Kelly said...

I've been wanting to try Turbo Jam. I've heard a lot about it.

You need to give The Shred a try! Ouch! A good 20 minute workout.

For fun, and if you have a Wii, get Just Dance. Burn up those calories while dancing to things like "Groove is in the Heart" and "Can't Touch This." Love it for cardio!

Just Another Momma said...

That last one looks good. I'm going to have to check that one out. Thanks for the info

The Peach Tart said...

Thanks for the reviews. I've got Turbo Jam, P90X and Chalene Extreme from Beachbody and they are all great but the last 2 are advanced. I'll have to check out the Jackie Warner one.

Mad Woman said...

Great post! I've been thinking of picking up one or two dvds. I also go to the gym and go walking a lot and use my Wii Fit & Biggest Loser game, but DVDs would be an added bonus. Now I know not to snap up the Dirty Dancing one.

CrazyAssMomma said...

awesome post.

glad to know im not the only one that wont do a workout dvd if another adult is in the house. lmao.

i have jillians 30 day shred, and i have not really gotten into it yet.

last year, i got the biggest loser boot came & strength training dvds.

and those are effing awesome. seriously.

i have the wii fit and biggest loser for wii too, but i cant get into those. they bore me. i need dvds that i can pop in when i feel like it.

im also a biggest loser and jillian michaels anything addict, so i tend to buy whatever they promote. its sad. lol.

but really, the results i got from the dvds i mentioned above, were amazing. i really need to get back to them.

CrazyAssMomma said...

oh, and thats supposed to be boot camp, not boot came.

sorry. :)

gayle said...

Thanks for this info..Leave it to a little girl to tell you like it is:)

Alex said...

I think 30 Day Shred is great. Kicks my ass...if only I could get past day 10...

Julie said...

Thanks for the info. I just got the 30 day shred from a friend but haven't tried it yet. I think it'll be the one I start Feb. 2nd when my second month rolls around. I still flop around like a fish out of water, I have no coorination at all, none what so ever. It's also a good thing that the instructors aren't real because I don't speak to nicely to them when they think I can keep up or I can squat that low or heck if they smile when I'm dying.
Got more to check out so am on my way. Thanks for sharing. Take care and God Bless!!!