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Posted: 19 Jan 2012, 18:31
For exercise, I walk outside, except during the winter. I also tried Zumba, but it is too hard for me. Can anyone recommend any exercise videos that they enjoy?


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Posted: 19 Jan 2012, 19:45
The Crunch videos are great, but are also challenging. If you like waking, try Leslie Sansone (spelling) walking videos. I have one that combines walking with toning exercises. My sister loves her and enjoys her four mile video.

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 13:20
OMG you have got to check out Jillian Michaels 30 day shred!!!! i love it. There are 3 levels, each level is about a 20 minute work out. Start on level 1 and when it starts to become too easy move on to level 2!! super effective and motivating!! all you need is some hand weights and a dvd player!!! seriously check it out!!!

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 15:08
I also love the 10-minute Solutions DVD series. All sessions are just 10 minutes long and because they're short, they're concentrated. You can do just 1 session or do them all - you decide which ones. They have DVD's offering everything from kickboxing to pilates.

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 16:01
I bought it but never used it. I thought it was going to be an hour long or something. If I'm not in a group or with my husband, I can't do a long workout. I am going to try my girl Jillian.

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 17:45
I have tons of DVD's, so here are my reviews.
Zumba - I like it - It takes some getting used to, but overall gives a good calorie burn. I don't get all the moves, even after 3 months - but I figure as long as I move, I'm still burning.
Leslie Sansone - I have the 3 mile walk which uses weights. 45 minutes long - it is boring most of the time, but I use it once a week on my day "off" from intense exercise.
Kathy Smith - I have several of hers. She has some with 20 minute quick cardio workouts that I enjoy. They are not too difficult and some give you the option of low vs high intensity. She also has some for weight training which I use twice a week. I've been using them for about 6 months and probably need to get something more intense to help with the weights - I have a bench and dumbells.
Slim in 6 - old school from beachbody - honestly, haven't used them in 8 years and I keep saying I am going to try them again. So far, I have found them sooo boring. So, probably won't use them much. We'll see.
The Firm - I stopped using this one a few months ago when I switched to zumba. It was ok, but some of the workouts were hard to maneuver and kind of choppy and seemed thrown together. But some are good. My DVD has 4 different workouts.
And I have Jillian's 30 day shred - god I hate her!! I used to do it once a week for 20 minutes, but I started on Sunday - and I am doing the 30 day deal. I don't like it really, but I am hoping to see some progress with it. I just don't like jumping jacks, some of the pylometrics... It feels like it is a little rough on some of the joints (am I am in my 30s and weigh in the 150s (lbs)). I'm going to do it for 30 days and if I see results, then maybe I will change my mind, but she annoys me and I will probably not do it long term.

I think that's it! I feel it is important to change up your routine so that you a) don't get bored, b) keep your body from getting used to the exercise and burning less calories over time, c) use different muscles.

I don't think I do the exact same exercise routine any 2 days of the week - other than the 30 day shred. (I'm exercising twice a day as of Sunday b/c my weight is stuck)

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 21:55
oh I agree Hate doing 30 day shred yet Love it cuz it is fast and keeps it moving....and just when I say ...ahhhh I need to take a breather...and hold out just a few longer...it is on to the next thing...Pushes me just enough...and I am 32 in July and weigh 176 Sad 6 babies 5 babies in 5 yrs....i am not looking forward to my knees and workouts!! but it will be better in the long run!

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 07:41
We bought our kids a dance video game for Christmas for the Wii. I was surprised at first what a great workout it turnout out to be. There are a variety of dances and you can do it for as long as you want. Never Boring! Good Luck!

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 08:58
Debbie Seibers Slim in 6. I think it's an older video, but it works just the same. It's low impact and a good variety of exercises, especially as you progess.

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 09:40
I have 3 jillian dvd's and i need to buy more. 6 week 6 pack and yoga melt down are my favorites. Ripped in 30 kicks my butt every time. It's about 30 min total for the workout and each dvd offers different levels of progression. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 12:02
I just started doing the 30 day shred monday and I'm loving it! Yes, it kicks my butt, but its just 20 minutes of butt kicking a day. Jillian is a very motivational person even if is not in the nicest way!

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 20:45
I'm in pretty good shape and that 30 day shred killed me on Level 1. I've seen people doing Zumba so if that's too hard you're not ready for Ms. Michaels.
Pain is a by-product of a good time.

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Posted: 27 Jan 2012, 00:05
just to throw it out there jillians videos are also great because she always shows a modified version for each movement for those who have problems doing the full movement

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Posted: 27 Jan 2012, 09:43
I agree with Jillian Michael's 30 day shred. I call her the mistress of pain, but she produces results!
-My Goals-
Start weight 208 (May 2010)
Bye bye 200's forever! (June 2010)
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Posted: 07 Feb 2012, 10:49
If you are trying to ease your body into a workout routine, Im with the people that suggest Leslie Sansone's Walk at home dvd's. There are several to choose from. Ive done everything previously listed except Zumba, which I am itching to try. I eased myself into workouts. If I hadnt, I dont think I would have stuck with the workout regimine. Ive been exercising religiously now for over 3 years. If the idea of aggressive workouts intimidates you (like it did me at the beginning), I highly recommend Walk at Home dvds. Good Luck! Smile
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Posted: 08 Feb 2012, 11:33
I walk and do a kettle bell workout 4-5 times a week. It is short, sweet, and to the point. Love the core workout. I have also used the 10 minute solution Pilates workout, and like it also. Smile
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Posted: 08 Feb 2012, 11:54
If you haven't done zumba outside of the video, I can see why it would be hard - I have the Wii video game and had no problem, while some reviews I read said it was too hard - some classes are better to start with an instructor. If you have On Demand, it's easy to experiment with those exercise videos, and there's a decent amount to choose from. If you need something easy that's pretty low intensity, I've done a belly dancing video which was fun & not too challenging. Other than that, maybe give beginners yoga a shot, I tried a beginners yogalates video a couple years ago and loved it.

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Posted: 08 Feb 2012, 12:50
I love Zumba on the ps3. It is really hard, though, but you're at home so it's OK to pause it and take a breath for a minute if you need to! It's about 20-30 mins of pure cardio, and you will feel it the next day!
30 day shred is great, but very, very hard, even on level 1. It's a mixture of strength training and some cardio, so I wouldn't really compare it to Zumba. Both probably burn the same amount of calories. But as we all know you should not be doing the same strengthening moves every day, but every other day...
For easier videos, try Denise Austin. She's great and some of her stuff is not too hard. I love her coreball workout.
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