Workout DVDs for Every Busy Woman

How many of you have New Year’s resolutions to drop that last 5 pounds (or more) and work out more? We’ve got you covered. Today, SITStah Kim is going to share with you a great collection of workout DVDs – and there’s something for every busy woman!

Working out blows! I was going to start this post waxing philosophical about the benefits of staying fit, but we’ve heard them all, right? It blows. My day is busy. Busy Busy Busy. And I don’t relish the thought of adding a gym membership to my monthly bills and Volume III of my weekly To Do list.

Workout DVDs

I’m exhausted! How do moms manage it all?

I don’t have time for a gym membership, but I do understand the value of working out. For me, working out means that I can fit into my favorite Old Navy “sweetheart” jeans, I can dine out on Fish and Chips a few times a month, and I have a stress reliever.

I want to share my list of favorite exercise DVDs for those of you who put exercise more on your 2012 list of New Year’s Resolutions. Some people think exercising at home is impossible. 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week – TRY IT! Here are some great workout DVDs that will give you a good workout without taking up tons of time.

If you’re “tight on time” or just starting out…

Total Mix – The Complete Total Body Workout System – What I love most about this DVD is that there are 9 workouts that are 10 minutes each. You can combine them to make a 20 or 30 minute workout, or just do 10 if that’s all the time you have. It’s been great when I need an extra push in the morning.

Tamilee Webb: Tight on Time 2 Pack (Body Blasts and Hot Spots) – You can buy these DVDs separately, but I bought them together, because I love variety. Another exercise DVD that is great for people who don’t have the time for a full workout, but want to start incorporating exercising into their day.

10 Minute Solutions – there are several of these and I have Cardio and Kickboxing. Great for a quick morning workout; they both get me pumped up and ready to go.

If you’re ready to jump in…

Gilad’s Ultimate Body Sculpt Series: Cuts and Curves – I discovered Gilad’s morning television show years ago. Gilad has a great exercise routine, but it’s not as intense as Jillian and Jackie (below). I’ll workout to Gilad when I need a break from the more intense sessions; but don’t get it twisted, Gilad provides a solid workout. Two more DVDs in my collection are: Gilad’s Total Body Sculpt PLUS: Cutting Edge with Gilad and Gilad’s Ultimate Body Sculpt Series – Power and Grace.

Star Trainers: Cardio – This is part of an Exercise TV series that includes separate workouts lead by four trainers. I like the multi-trainer idea, because if I don’t connect with one (annoying voice, mindless chatter) there are three others. I also have Star Trainers: Strength and Star Trainers: AB Blast. You can buy these separately or as a combo-pack.

If you’re looking for “fast” results…

Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred – this is one of THE BEST exercise DVDs that I own. The only complaint that I have is I can’t fast forward through the intro. I pop it into the DVD player, go change into my workout gear, then return in time to get to work. If you stick with it, you will see crazy results. Jillian Michaels knows her stuff and I’m bummed that she’s no longer on Biggest Loser. Side note: pay attention to the tall gal on the left, she cheats a couple of times; cracks me up.

Personal Training with Jackie: Power Circuit Training – I bought this, because I loved her reality show and I watched the making of this DVD. It was crazy intense – can you imagine exercising at high intensity all day long, take after take? So I bought it as a fan and loved it, because the workout kicked my butt and I felt fantastic the next day.

Fitness Is Just a Few Clicks Away

All of these are available on Amazon and most are less than $10. If you’re not ready to invest in my collection of exercise DVDs, I recommend that you start with the DVDs with multiple trainers and/or workouts. If you are only ready to buy one – go with Jillian Anderson.

Your turn; what’s your exercise routine?

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  1. I’ve been doing work out DVD’s for over 10 years. It does help to find instructors you like and to mix them up too. I also like Gilad for an easy yet effective work out. and I’d like to suggest Baron Baptiste for some good YOGA work outs!

  2. I LOVE that you noticed that chick in 30 Day Shred cheats. It makes me so mad when I’m working out “HEY, I’M DOING THIS AND NOT GETTING PAID. DO THE WORK!!” LOL

  3. The shred is so great! I just bought her Ripped in 30 DVDs – they are also amazing! Great post.

  4. Great recommendations! I do the 30-day-shred every day, and I love it. And I’ve totally noticed that cheater – cracks me up every time!

  5. I did the 30 day shred last month and LOVED it! I bought p90x a few months before and it was too long for me to be able to keep up with it everyday.

  6. It’s crazy the results you can get with 30 Day Shred for only 20 minutes a day. I usually only use it 3-4 times a week but still get great results. I really need to pull it out and get back to exercising. My jeans are no longer kind to my waist!

  7. I’m secretly afraid of Jillian Michaels.

  8. I’ve started the Kettleworx 6 week transformation. It’s 20 minutes 3 times a week. I think I can handle one hour a week! No excuses!

  9. I have a belly dance workout DVD that I haven’t used yet because I currently have no room in my apartment to move at all. I don’t have the energy to rearrange my stuff so that I can workout. I really have to get to it but it’s very low on my to-do list. sigh.

  10. I’m glad to see Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred on your list. i just bought the video and the hand weights but haven’t started yet! I feel a little more motivated to give it a shot now! :)

  11. Great suggestions! I love to workout at home since I have 3 little boys and getting to the gym doesn’t work for me. My absolute favorite workout is TurboFire. It’s so much fun and Chalene Johnson is very motivating!

    • A coworker of mine has two young boys and they work out with her to 30 Day Shred. She says that she can barely hold it together when they have to do jumping jacks, because they get so spastic. They use their hot wheels cars for “weights.” Adorable.

  12. Reading this blog while finishing off the last of my Holiday candy and wishing – hoping – commiting to get back to it. I too like the results of the 30 day shred. At times her voice gets to me as she talks through the entire workout. Rather than use that as an excuse to turn it off, I turn down the volume and turn up the energy!!

  13. I can vouch for the 30 day shred video. I love it and it works. I slacked big time over the last few months but am back on the kick since I turn 40 in 3 months and have some serious shredding to do! : )

  14. The Walk Away the Pounds ones are my consistent favorites. They are fast-paced, not too strenuous, and you don’t need any special equipment to do them. Now they come in dozens of varieties – 1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles, with or without jogging. Good for all ages and fitness levels.

  15. Thanks for posting this. This is exactly what i needed to find ways to keep that NYR i made. I am determined to get this 30lbs off for good and then go another 40lbs!

  16. Thanks for the recommendations. I love the Shred but get bored. Running is easy for me to talk myself into, but fitting in weights/toning often gets pushed aside. These should help!

    • Angela – I envy your love of running. Our property borders a trail with runners, bike riders, and dog walkers. I tried to start running last year, but gave up after a few weeks. I want to give it another go this year, because I love that’s it’s like meditating.

  17. My coworker and I were just discussing the 30 Day Shred and how great results are from this DVD. I haven’t done it in ages, but I have to say–I was pretty ripped when I did.

    I also recently picked up Bethenney’s (from the Real Housewives of NY) yoga DVD and I’ve only done it once but I really loved it. That was two days ago and my thighs are still in pain but it’s a good kind of pain. I look forward to doing the butt blaster and weights portion of this DVD as well.

    • I heard that she had a yoga DVD, but never tried it. Thanks for sharing that one. I would love to check it out. She was my fav housewife, even thought at the time she wasn’t a housewife.

      • Update: Day 5 and my thighs are starting to feel like normal again :) She was always my favorite HW, too. I also love her little quips throughout the DVD. “I call this one Boob-to-Knee pose.” She cracks me up :)

        Hope you’re having a great week!

  18. I’m totally going to check out the Jillian Michaels video! I just bought a Nordictrack treadmill and I can use the ifit technology to get Jillian Michaels’ led workouts. Woohoo! I wanted to also suggest that for those who want to strengthen both their body and spirit, there’s a new workout video out by a personal trainer to the celebs, Jimmy Pena, called “PrayFit.” It began as a book with devotionals, nutrition, recipes and workouts. It was so popular that they made it into a series of workout videos. It’s available on Amazon too. You can read the write-ups and see if it’s something for you.

  19. A friend of mine has started a Facebook support group for those of us in this boat. We’ve been encouraging each other since last year, and it REALLY helps! I’m going to post this there for my buddies to see, because there are excellent tips here.

  20. I’ve heard good things about the Shred – perhaps I’ll try it with your recommendation! Happy new year!

  21. I only have the 30 Day Shred and I just decided that I need to get it back out and start shredding again!
    Thank you!


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