The Best Workout DVDs

...In My Opinion

About 4 years ago, I made a New Year's resolution to workout and lose weight. Believe it or not, I actually lost about 30 to 35 pounds that year. Now, I am not going to lie and pretend like I haven't put a few pounds back on, but I've never gained all the weight back. For that matter, I am going to be working out again to get rid of some of the weight I did gain. What I have found works best for me is a combination of exercise and dieting. Just one will not do it for me.

With that said, I tried a number of different workout DVDs. I do not have the money to go to the gym, nor do I feel like embarrassing myself in front of people I don't know. I prefer to try workouts online or on Comcast's On Demand. Based on those, I buy workout DVDs. I will tell you some are great and some leave a lot to be desired.

I would like to list some of my very favorite workout DVDs that worked for me. I do not follow trends or worry about the new workout fads. I will try anything once, and based on what works for me, I would like to make some recommendations that will probably work well for others trying to get into shape.

Tae Bo

Of all the workouts I've tried, Tae Bo has to be my favorite. I feel like other workouts can be a little too slow or perhaps a little too hardcore. Tae Bo is fun, energetic, and burns a lot of calories. Billy Blanks is the instructor for all my Tae Bo DVDs and he is awesome. He is really positive and encourages anyone trying the workout to just "get back up if you fall down."

My favorite of all the Tae Bo workouts is Tae Bo Cardio. I've tried just about all of the Billy Blanks workouts, but this one is the best combination of Tae Bo moves and cardio. Even if you can't get through the whole workout, don't worry about it. I usually do half one day and half the next day. You will get in shape in no time using this DVD. If you enjoy it, you should check out other Billy Blanks Tae Bo DVDs. Not only can Tae Bo make you physically healthier, Billy will give you lots of positive attitude to make you feel better mentally, too. I highly recommend trying Tae Bo; it can improve your life more than you imagine.

30 Day Shred

If you are looking to lose a lot of weight fast and you've tried other workouts, I would recommend trying the 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels. Even if you've never watched The Biggest Loser , you are probably still familiar with Jillian. Jillian Michaels is a hardcore trainer that basically yells at people that need to lose weight. Even if her personality might offend you, she has created an awesome workout.

With the 30 Day Shred, if you diet and workout 20 minutes everyday, Jillian Michaels says you will lose 20 pounds in 30 days. This is quite a goal, but if any workout can do it for you, this will be it. I will warn you - this workout is not for the faint of heart. If you have not worked out before or it's been a long time, I would not recommend this workout DVD as a good start. It is easy to push yourself too hard with this workout and get injured. Basically, when you do the workout just remember Jillian can't see you through the TV. Don't feel bad if you have to alter the workout a little; you may not lose 20 pounds that way, but you will still lose weight.

This, in my opinion, is not really a fun workout. However, I included it because it does work. It is an extremely intense workout. Once, I lose 3 pounds in 2 days using this workout. However, I also pulled a muscle I didn't even realize I had in my abs. I made it about halfway through the 30 days. I do recommend this DVD if you are not seeing results with any other workout though. Just remember not to push too hard and be careful with this one!

10 Minute Solutions: Target Toning for Beginners

10 Minute Solutions: Target Toning for Beginners is a great workout for anyone. It is perfect for beginners, but it is a good workout even for those who use more advanced workout DVDs. Even if you are trying Tae Bo or the 30 Day Shred, the 10 Minute Solutions DVD is a nice break from other workouts. It is basic and will help you stay toned in specific areas you'd like to work on. I personally use the thighs or buns workouts the most since those are my problem areas.

Cindy Whitmarsh is your trainer for this DVD. She is a great trainer because she is fun, but not overly perky like an annoying cheerleader. Cindy fully explains how to properly do the exercises in the DVD. She remains positive throughout the workouts and does not yell at the screen. If you are looking for a good, basic workout, 10 Minute Solutions: Target Toning for Beginners is your DVD.

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I haven't used any of these DVDs but I agree with what you're saying Jeannie. In this economy, it's best to cut out extravagances like going to the gym and just get in shape at home. I can see how you didn't enjoy the Jillian Michaels DVD. I've never seen the Biggest Loser but I've seen the Doctors with her on it and sometimes she's too hardcore about being healthy. She talked this lady out of going through the drive thru like she was about to commit some crime or something. Great information!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yeah, you can lose a lot of weight on your own just using workout DVDs or watching On Demand programs on Exercise TV. Jillian Michaels is so hardcore. I debated putting her on the list, but honestly, her technique does work just as long as it doesn't kill you first. I did see amazing results without even making it through the entire 30 days. Thanks for reading and for the comment!


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sabrani44 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing, definitely want to try some of these vids!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I hope you like them! I think they are the best DVDs. Thanks for reading and for the comment.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I am a big fan of Jillian Michaels for getting results. I have several of her DVDs, including 30 Day Shred, and mix them up for variety. I think the key is the strength component, which builds metabolism. I finally was able to lose weight I couldn't even when training for a half-marathon. I like that they are shorter workouts and easy to fit in to the day. But I agree you have to be careful and use the modifications if necessary until you work up to the harder moves. I did Tae Bo years ago but had the VCR tapes, not the DVD. I'll have to check out Tae Bo Cardio - sounds good. Thanks for the suggestions.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Jillian's workout DVDs definitely work. I like the 30 Day Shred the most because of the basic 20 minute workouts. I do kind of feel like she is watching me through the screen when I use them. Creepy! Tae Bo Cardio is my very favorite of all the Tae Bo workouts. I am sure you will enjoy it. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Thanks for the thumbs up. I think I'm going with 10 minute solutions as I'm quite a couch potato. If that can get me going, I think I would have done something good. Rated up.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks for reading the hub! The 10 Minute Solutions DVD is a great beginner's workout. Good luck and happy new year to you! Thanks for the vote up!


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workoutdvdworld 4 years ago from Perth

I totally agree with your selections. I love tae bo and Jillian Michaels too. I totally love workout DVDs. I have been doing them for 20 years and wouldn't swap them for any other kind of fitness!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Workout DVDs are the best option for those of us that don't want to go to the gym and don't want to clutter our homes with exercise equipment. Thank you for reading and thanks for the comment!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

excellent suggestions. been dying to do work outs but can't find the time :)


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

It is so tough to find the time to workout. You are so right. I have a small bike I peddle on while working online now.

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