Post # 1
I am in the middle of job hunting and working only part time. Additionally, my fiance and I live in the basement of his parents’ house and are focusing on saving money, paying off student loans, etc.
Anyway, my college had a fantastic gym, and since graduating six months ago, I have been trying to find a good post-grad routine. The gym was too expensive for both the membership fee and extra gas costs, so I am trying to get in a good at-home regiment.
I am a 3x a week workout kind of girl, plus half hour walks daily with my fiance. I have the Jillian Michael’s yoga DVD, and have been doing that this month. I want to get a few of her other DVD’s and rotate them out monthly.
Any recommendations for good at-home workout tips and/or DVD’s? So far I have maintained my weight and am not really looking to lose much, just tone up.
Post # 3
My favorites of hers are No More Trouble Zones and Ripped in 30. They have a good variety and don’t feel repetitive.
Post # 4
I have acquired quite the collection of workout DVDs in the last 5 years. I like almost all of Jillian’s DVDs, actually the one I dislike the most is her yoga one- I like faster paced workouts where I can get a good sweat. When I do yoga I want to do more stretch and relaxing (that being said i love P90X’s yoga DVD).
Jillian’s Banish Fat Boost Metabolism is great, I also like No More Trouble Zones and Ripped in 30. Extreme Shed and Shred and Kickbox Fastfix are ok- I find the kickboxing one kind of one sided and a bit hard to follow (also not as difficult physically as the other ones).
P90x I find a bit slow (I get bored doing weights!) but I like the pylo, cardio (for an easier workout), yoga (when I have a lot of time), kickboxing and ab workout. The shoulder and arms is a good one too. Ok I guess I like a bunch of them I just have to be in the mood.
I also highly reccomend Jackie Warner’s videos. Especially Power Circuit Training. It’s one of my favourites.
My tips are to have a bunch of DVD’s at hand and schedule out when you are going to work out and what DVD you are going to do. This really helps me from becoming bored with my workouts, and makes me actually do the workout and not procrastinate. I also run which breaks things up. Also having your mat and weights somewhere easy to access helps. Mine are hidden under a decorative box in our living room. Other than P90X which I bought second hard every other DVD was only $10, so pretty reasonable!
Post # 5
I’m currently on Day 6 of the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I think I’m started to see some change. I’m trying to convert my keg to a 6-pack .
Post # 6
@aquarius_91: I use Jilliam Michaels The Biggest Winnner Box Set, It is 5 dvds. I work out 5 days a week so I do a differant one each day!
The videos are about 30 minutes!
I also take ACE
Post # 7
@ginmar: Great tips! That’s kind of what I’m looking to do, just build a library of different workouts. It’s the easiest thing for me right now.
@June14Bride: I have heard really good things about that one! My wedding is two years away yet, but it’s never too early to start crafting the 6-pack, right? 😉
@kamielynn: Whoa, I didn’t even know that existed! Awesome, I will definitely look into that.
Post # 8
I’m on day 24 of the 30 day shred and I love this DVD.. I love that you push hard for 30 minutes and then it’s done. I also have the P90X, which had me bored out of my mind and is too much of a time commitment now that I have two young ones.. And I tried Insanity before I got pregnant with my second baby. I really loved it, but it was terrible on the knees and I don’t see myself trying it again because of it.
I’m considering buying other Jillian Michaels DVDs… her workouts are not as intense as Insanity, but she keeps it interesting, and because it’s only 30 minutes, it’s easier to keep up with it. Finally, since her programs are 30 to 45 days, it’s also more motivating to me, knowing it’s almost over.
As you can see, I love to workout and keep fit but I need variety to keep me interested. This is why JM seems to work for me at the moment.
I used to do martial arts before having kids, and I really miss it but have no time to get to my dojo and put in the practice at home that I need to put in if I want to continue with it. So in order to get some combat training in, I purchased GSP’s Rushfit program. I haven’t tried it yet, since it’s an 8 weeks program I am waiting for after the Holidays, sticking with JM for now.
So, yeah… I guess I’m into workout dvds, lol! They can really work if you commit to it. In my opinion, they don’t beat working out outside though adn as soon as the weather permits, I’ll be running outside or riding my bike.. Using DVDs only as a complement to tone up.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
I agree with PPs and suggest the 30 Day Shred! It’s super effective and I always felt challenged.
Post # 10
I use google/yahoo search and am able to do zumba dvds for free (they have asian commercials before it starts, but it’s legit). I’m pretty satisfied lol.
I love it.
I need to check out 30 day shred later!
Post # 11
I do a lot of the beachbody workouts (Insanity, Turbo Fire, and now Alpha Beta and Gamma T25) but before working up to those DVDs I stared with a lot of Jillian Michaels DVDs the first being the 30 day shred. After that I got the Ripped in 30 and her body revolution. Aside from spinning and volleyball I do all my workouts on DVD at home.
Post # 12
@mommytobee: Ok, I definitely need to look into the 30-day shred! I love half hour videos. Just don’t seem to have the attention span for an hour. And I’m not looking for something as intense as Insanity or P90x, so it sounds like a happy medium.
@BellaDee: Zumba is so much fun! I might actually cave and invest in a zumba DVD, as well. But I will try to find some online.
Thanks for all the tips! The yoga DVD is starting to get too easy, so I’m excited to try something new.
Post # 13
@aquarius_91: We do Shaun T’s Focus T25 and love it!!
Post # 14
@MrsJX3: Is it as hard on the knees as Insanity was? I really love Shaun T but I’m not willing to give up my knees or my ability to walk in order to maintain killer abs! 🙂
Post # 15
I agree with a lot of the previous recommendations for specific workouts, but since you mentioned money I wanted to suggest checking out your library. Mine has a ton of workout DVDs and while you can only check them out for a week at a time it is great for either variety or to try something before buying it ($10 is not much, but is a waste if you end up hating it!)
Post # 16
I had good results doing No More Trouble Zones and Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism. I recommend those DVDs for sure. I also bought the old Buns of Steel DVD and I think it’s a great ass workout without a bump of jump squats and lunges. Plus it’s totally eighties and hilarious