Post # 1
While I’m waiting for my proposal I want to get back in shape and tone up.
I’ve got a small resident’s gym in my building, but the treadmill and weight machines are so boring!
So I’m thinking I may try some workout DVDs
Have any of you had good results using workout DVDs in the past?
Does anyone have any recommendations for good workout DVDs?
Post # 3
I did P90x for like a month. The workouts are great and super intense. I just get so bored working out at home. I feel more motivated at the gym when there are people around. If they could turn the P90x videos into a a daily class at the gym, I’d go everyday! lol. They’re kind of expensive, so try to find them on like ebay or amazon. I didn’t lose any weight, but I toned up pretty good for an at-home workout. What I really noticed is that I felt stronger. I’m a runner, and I started throwing in some running before I stopped completely and I was definitely faster.
Post # 4
I, personally, really like Leslie Sansone’s “Walk Away the Pounds” videos/DVDs. She offers something for almost anyone at almost any level, including those who need a more gentle workout or slower pace to those who want a more difficult, higher-calorie burning workout. Most of her DVDs can also be done in a very limited amount of space.
Post # 5
@Carliej01: Did you do the p90 first before going to the x? I know the p90x is supposed to be super intense, so I was thinking about going for the p90 first. I’m a healthy weight and I only want to lose about 10 pounds but I’m also really inactive, which I’m trying to change. Desk job worker by day, couch potato by night, haha.
I’d love to see what this thread leads too!
Post # 6
I did P90x for a while, but quit because I never felt like I had all of the equipment that I needed.
I’m currently doing Insanity and it’s kicking my butt. I haven’t lost much weight but I have lost a total of 4 inches in the first 3 weeks (and thats with only kinda watching what I eat). Also, it doesn’t require a ton of space or any special equipment. Fi and I do it together in our tiny living room.
Post # 7
Insanity! On my second round, love it soooo much!
Post # 8
@kybride2012: What type of equipment does it require? I’ve looked into buying the program aka. watching the infomercials, and it doens’t seem like they’re using equipment..
Post # 9
I’m a huge fan of Jackie Warner’s DVDs, especially her Power Circuit Training DVD. Before I found Jackie, I never did any exercise DVD more than once. Now, I even keep a copy on my iPod Touch so I can (discreetly) play it at the gym and follow along with the free weights.
That one’s my favorite, because I tend to get very bored very fast with weight training. It keeps you moving from exercise to exercise, so there’s no time to get bored or lose momentum. The whole thing is over in the blink of an eye. I also appreciated that it was low-impact because I have downstairs neighbors and not enough room to safely throw myself around lol.
It does require free weights, but you can get by using just a single pair (I use 8lb dumbbells, but switch to 5 lb for the arm exercises because I’m puny. The friend that recommended the DVD to me uses 10 lb ones).
Post # 10
@Lacelibs: For P90x, I remember that we bought weights (2 sizes each for different things), resistance bands, and a yoga mat. I never felt like i was actually getting the workout right with the bands though because they were supposed to stand in for a pull-up bar. During some of the things, he had the bands wrapped around the pull-up bar so I had absolutely no idea how to modify that in my living room.
Post # 11
@kybride2012: I had the exact same problem when I tried P90X a few years ago. Here’s my horror story: to try and simulate pull-up bars with a resistance band, I sat on the floor, looped the band around the top of a chair and pulled down towards me. Yup, you guessed it. The band slipped off, and I got snapped right in the chest with basically a giant rubber band. Hurt so much
Post # 12
If you’re going to work out at home, the equipment you need for P90X isn’t a bad investment. I got my pull-up bar for about $30, and then just get the free weights you’ll need in the beginning. If you have carpet, you don’t really need a yoga mat. The DVDs are initially pricey, but it’s cheaper to have them forever than spend money on a gym membership every month.
As others have said, Insanity is also awesome and requires no equipment.
Post # 13
I was sure there were going to be a thousand recommendations for the 30 day shred already. None?! Ok, I recommend the 30 day shred for quick workouts (less than 30 minutes). It really tones your body nicely and takes inches off.
Post # 14
I did P90x for about 2 weeks and liked the intensity of it (if I’m going to workout I want to workout hard!). But stopped because of how lengthy the workouts were (some were 90 minutes + the ab ripper x video).
I’m currently on day 4 of the 30 day shred dvd by jillian michaels and so far I love it. The workouts are quick and easy to do at home, you don’t need tons of extra equipment just free weights. I’ve added in some extra running/walking intervals on the treadmill to add to the workout at the end as well. I’ve only been doing it since Monday and started eating super clean and have lost 2 pounds!