Working Out While Snowed In: 6 Fitness Video Reviews

Working Out While Snowed In: 6 Fitness Video Reviews

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Tess Wilson
Jan 8, 2015
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If I'm going to stay strong, healthy, and sane this winter, I'm going to have to find a way to work out without leaving the house...because sometimes it's impossible to leave the house. Workout DVDs to the rescue!

None of these workouts require any equipment, though a mat is always nice (but not necessary- I just use my rug). All links lead to Amazon, but your local library might have a good selection, and Netflix has a ton of titles, too.

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Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
I love this one because it's as mentally challenging as it is physically challenging, and the squad of dancers they've assembled is excellent (and the outfits!). So fun. However, it is necessary to learn the routines before you can get an all-out workout, so give it a few tries. Also, I found that the four dances necessitated a lot of floor space, so keep your square footage in mind before ordering this one.

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Jillian Michaels Kickbox Fastfix
The women in this video are amazing: strong, tough, cheerful, and fierce. They have wildly different body types and I want to go out for beers and veggie burgers with them. I found the workouts themselves to be fantastic- though it helps that I adore kicking. They are definitely high intensity workouts, although you can totally adjust the intensity to your fitness level. In other words, the girls in the video were working out way harder than I was.

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The Bollywood Dance Workout with Hemalayaa
Five more strong, skilled women kicking ass and having fun. To get a serious workout, I recommend doing the warm-up once and then going through the dance section two or three times- which you won't mind doing because it's super fun.

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Stott Basic Pilates Volume 2
I think I burned more calories typing this than I did doing this workout, but fitness is about so much more than burning calories, of course. Doing this video is kind of like getting a very low-key massage: relaxing, healing, and soothing, but not ideal if you're as impatient as I am.

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Tracy Anderson Teen Meta
This is the only Tracy Anderson video I could get through my library system, and I was dying to know what all the fuss was about. There are intense booty workouts and energetic nonstop bouncing-around dance sections, all presented without instructions. This is a pain because you have to watch constantly or count for yourself, but it also means you can listen to your own, far superior music. And no offense to Ms. Anderson, but I would be much more likely to offer a teenage girl the kickboxing, Step Up, or Bollywood DVDs.

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Tracy Anderson Precision Toning
A friend later gave me this video, and I do the Butt and Abs sections at least twice each week. Either my butt is really weak, or this workout is hard. I found the Thighs section to be awkward (at least for me), and I haven't tried the Arms workout because I prefer using my good old dumbbells. Once again, you don't need to pay much attention to the video- just do 40 reps of each butt maneuver and 20 of each ab move- so you can listen to your Baron Vaughn Pandora station while you tone. I love that each section is only 15 minutes and I cannot fathom wearing leggings that say "I {love} Tess".

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