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Workout videos, the good and bad (updated)

Posted Aug 10 2010 10:08pm

So Fit Blogs’ Fit Point this week asks about Exercise videos. Actually I wrote this week’s fit point, so I guess I asked myself that. :P

I’ve tried a few videos. I’m not afraid to try a new one. And some I have been really entertained with but didn’t feel all that into it. It takes a lot to make me absolutely love a workout routine. Especially when it is cardio. I hate Cardio Workouts. With a passion. I am not a cardio person. Which may be slightly amusing to some people who have known me long enough. I ran long distance back in Jr High. I like to say I ran all the passion for cardiovascular activity out of myself back then. So many are hit of miss.

Here’s my reviews of the videos I have tried:

Mom and Toddler Fitness
I got this one at Target right after my daughter was born, well not right after. She was about 9 months I think.  She didn’t have the attention span to sit and do the exercises with me. And I lsot interest pretty quickly because it was so slow paced. Much like Yoga. And if you have followed for me for any bit of time you know I hate yoga.

So it was sub-par.

Rating: 2/5

Carmen Electra’s Aerobic Striptease
My husband actually got me this one. I think we all know his ulterior motives behind this, and I don’t think fitness was his main concern.
The videos are okay. It seems like Carmen wasn’t even in shape enough to do her own videos. I found that amusing. The one real workout video in the series has a really short guy who’s in pretty good shape. Nice eye candy for the ladies. It’s not that much of a workout though.

Rating: 3/5

Wii’s EA Active
I have a Wii and I don’t actually play it that much. My husband and daughter have played it more than I have. So I got Wii Active to try and do some more exercise. I hate that game.
The Wii-mote is not sensitive enough for a lot of the exercises it  makes you perform and you end up doing 5 times as many. So it gets really old really fast.

Rating: 2/5

Oh yes, THAT one. The home video fitness revolution leader.  I really enjoyed p90X. I got in pretty good shape doing it and I know many others who have as well. And if you can stick through it for a few cycles you’ll definitely be one ripped machine.
It really does work! I’ll suggest it to anyone who wants to get in shape and can commit to it seriously for a few months.
However, as a Personal Trainer student- I’ve found a little of Tony Horton’s approach is over kill. I won’t do consecutive cycles of P90X, I don’t need to kill myself like that. I’m more interested in bulk and building up great strength rather than lean muscle.

Rating: 5/5

Another Beachbody product. It’s intense. And it will kill you. I feel like hacking up a lung every time I do one of these videos.
If you keep with this you’ll lean down fast. It’s a very fast paced high intensity video. It’s definitely not for beginners.
However, this is the video I found out I have Plantar Fasciitis with! It’s very hard on your feet, even with good shoes!

Rating: 4/5

I just recently started with this video and oh man I absolutely LOVE IT. I love Zumba! It’s so fun! I hate cardio so anyway to make it fun is how to do it!
I also like to just wiggle around and dance in my living room.
I did however throw out my “zumba bone” as my mom said. I think I put too much hip into my zumbaing! That’s okay, I still enjoyed it.

Rating: 5/5

Brazil Butt Lift
Bry, over at Embrace Fire , added this on her review list and I remember I had tried it as well. So here’s a new addition that wasn’t in the original post.

was’t that exciting to me. It seemed to fast paced. They didn’t break down all the moves easily enough. To be honest I gave up on this workout program after a couple days. 
It really bored me. And while Leandro was pretty amusing, the content just wasn’t
enthralling enough.

Rating: 2/5

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