Written on May 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm , by Karla Walsh
May’s Top Workout DVD: 10 Pounds Down Total Body Tune Up
Best for: Reluctant strength trainers; circuit lovers.
Why it’s a star: This is one well-rounded DVD! Certified trainer Jessica Smith begins with a nice warm-up, then moves into a 50-minute routine that alternates compound, fast-paced strength moves with quick cardio bursts. A few of our favorite exercises? Twisting curtsy lunges (turn upper body toward your back foot while at the bottom of the move) with an overhead press and burpees with a 180 degree jump in between each rep. Both really get your heart pumping! The program wraps up with a great core routine and cooldown.
Where to get it: jessicasmith.tv, $14.95
Want to learn more about the 10 Pounds Down program? Check out Jessica’s blog over at Fit Sugar.
Written on April 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm , by Karla Walsh
April’s Top Workout DVD: Bob Harper’s Ultimate Cardio Body
Best for: No-nonsense exercisers seeking a challenge; those looking for an at-home routine that will burn major calories.
Why it’s a star: You’ll alternate kettlebell-inspired moves (don’t worry, a pair of dumbbells is all that’s required), traditional yet effective cardio like high knees and mountain climbers and plyometrics (think jumping lunges and squats holding weights). All of these high-energy moves will have your quads shaking and heart pumping! And since it’s a combination of cardiovascular and strength work, you’ll torch plenty of calories during and after the workout.
Where to get it: mytrainerbobdvd.com, $14.98
Bonus DVD! We also recently tried out Bob Harper’s Kettlebell Cardio Shred and loved that too. The smart, contoured design of the bell makes “racking” moves much less painful. Read more about it on page 80 of our new May issue, on newsstands today!
Now tell us: What is the best fitness DVD you’ve ever done?
Written on April 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm , by Jenna Autuori
I’ve recently discovered what this Twitter thing is all about (follow me: @FITNESSjenna and FITNESS: @FITNESSmagazine) and I almost hate to admit it, but it’s a pretty exciting world. Never did I think I’d be running home from a gym class or one-on-one session with a trainer to spill my thoughts to readers via Twitter—the idea of this type of “look at what I’m doing” game just seemed a little silly to me. Who really cares that I’m sitting on my couch watching The Biggest Loser or whipping up a special vegetarian dinner for my husband…do you?
But, I’ve learned that the Twitter world is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to find up-to-the-minute news about everything and anything. Since I once loathed the idea that people had to know what everyone else was doing at any given second, but I’ve now converted, I understand the power of Twitter. It’s not about the menial things we do every day—watching The Biggest Loser or cooking for our spouses—it’s the sharing of information that can make each of us better people, while feeling instantly connected! Now, I find myself frantically trying to see what my Twitter friends are up to and what cool tip I can learn from them. Had I been quick enough this weekend I could have met up with Bob Harper at the Soho Equinox on Saturday morning (he woke up a bit earlier than I did though). It’s things like this that keep you motivated for working out (@SuzanneCBowen tells me new moves to try), staying healthy (@CaitlinHTP tells us what shake she’s sipping after her run and how to make it), and even staying sane (@Lululemon shares motivational quotes every day). So fun!
That’s why I’m dying to go beyond the Twitter world and share this really cool challenge you should know about (if you don’t already!). FITNESS advisory board member and celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins (@JeanetteJenkins) and singer Kelly Rowland (@KellyRowland) have teamed up to do Jeanette’s Bikini Bootcamp Twitter Challenge: they challenge you to try Jeanette’s DVD every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of April and May. The real value of this grand idea is the support and motivation you’ll get just by being part of this “Twitter team.” Knowing that followers all over the world (including Kelly Rowland who was seen flaunting an ab-mazing body in Miami Beach this past weekend!) will be doing Jeanette’s DVD—and tweeting about it—is a good reminder that you can have a sexy body by summer too. Incorporating mini challenges in to your weekly workouts is a good way to freshen up your goals or shock your body by giving it something new to learn.
So all you have to do is workout with Jeanette and Kelly every Tuesday and Thursday and then tweet about it using #Motivation. If you have any questions for Jeanette, she’ll probably tweet you back an answer. Can real women actually have a celebrity personal trainer? Absolutely! Jeanette is a great Twitter friend to have. She’s planning a surprise giveaway every week too—so get tweeting!
Also, check back in later this week to hear about what happens when Kelly Rowland stops by our office. She’ll be sharing her fitness secrets (what else do she and Jeanette do when they hit the gym?) and tell us all about her new album and her single, “Motivation” (so perfectly named I might add) which hits iTunes tomorrow.
Written on March 8, 2011 at 10:10 am , by Karla Walsh
March’s Top Workout DVD: Xtend Barre Lean & Chiseled
Best for: Those who enjoy dancing; at-home fitness fiends who don’t have a room full of free weights.
Why it’s a star: The 55-minute routine, designed and instructed by Xtend Barre founder Andrea Rogers, hits all of the major “trouble zones.” You only need light dumbbells for the upper body segment and a chair for the barre workout. But don’t think this DVD is a breeze because it doesn’t require much equipment—the quick pace and challenging moves kept us from getting bored and made the time fly by.
Where to get it: acacialifestyle.com, $16.99
Now tell us: Do you prefer to tone up with heavy weights or body weight exercises (such as push-ups, planks or attitudes—like the one Andrea is performing on the cover)?
Written on February 17, 2011 at 11:07 am , by Karla Walsh
Jane Fonda has hand-picked the next generation of fitness innovators for her “Jane Fonda’s Workout” series. And since we always want to keep you on the cutting edge when it comes to the latest fitness trends, we played a quick Q&A lightning round with Jeanette Jenkins, Tara Stiles and Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson to get the scoop on the new project, how they squeeze in fitness when their schedule is packed and what celebrity they would love to train.
When did you all first meet?
Katrina Hodgson: Jane introduced all of us after picking Jeanette as the queen of bootcamp, Karena and I as the cardio team and Tara as the yoga expert. Now we’re all best friends and business partners! The goal of Team Fonda is to make fitness fun rather than so serious. If exercise is enjoyable, people will do it.
Jeanette Jenkins: I met Jane through her work with G-CAPP (Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention) and World Fitness Day. I was leading the warm-up at the Fitness Day and Jane asked, “Who’s that girl on stage?” Everything built from that moment.
Written on February 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm , by Karla Walsh
Jackie Warner is no rookie when it comes to the fitness game. You may have seen her on one of her Bravo shows (Thintervention with Jackie Warner or Workout), in bookstores or, most recently, in the Express Workout in our March issue. Her gym has trained the likes of Paul McCartney, Anne Hathaway, Alanis Morisette and Kathy Griffin, not to mention all of the one-on-one clients that can’t be named!
And there’s no sign that Jackie’s tapping the brakes: She’s working on several new TV show ideas, writing two books and preparing for her next DVD. We spoke with Jackie during a few of her spare minutes to learn more about the person behind the star!
What would you say is the greatest accomplishment in you career so far?
I have to say that opening my second gym, Sky Sport, which is a phenomenal place. It was exactly the gym I wanted to open, my dream gym, and through my work and therapy center there it really motivated a lot of change for peoples lives.
We know that you push your clients hard in the gym! What move do you dread the most when you’re working out?
I hate lunges so much. I incorporate lunges and variations of lunges in all the workouts for my clients and I always feel so bad for them because I dread doing lunges! That’s my least favorite exercise, but they’re so good for you. It’s working your core, glutes, hamstrings, hip flexors and quads. They’re a great lower body movement, but there’s just something about them that I hate.
Written on February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am , by Karla Walsh
February’s Top Workout DVD: Aerobarre
Why it’s a star: This knockout of a workout will tone you up from head to toe with a routine that fuses ballet and boxing. Each “round,” 11 in total, will keep your heart pumping with moves like punches with light dumbbells and graceful ballet jumps. Plus, having the DVD split into so many short bits makes time fly! It takes a try or two to keep up with the quick-moving choreography, but once you nail it, the workout only gets more fun.
Where to get it: aerospacenyc.com, $20
More from FITNESS: Our testers chose this as one of the Top 10 Workout DVDs of 2011! Pick up a copy of our March issue—on newsstands today!—to see what else made our list and enter here for a chance to win all 10 of our favorites!
Written on January 31, 2011 at 2:38 pm , by Karla Walsh
Jenna and I, your fearless fitness crew here at The Fit Stop, will be sampling the latest workout DVDs and highlighting our top picks here each month. Want to sweat along with us? We’ll also give you the lowdown about what equipment you’ll need and where you can pick up the DVD yourself!
January’s Top Workout DVD: Michelle Dozois’ Peak 10 Cardio Interval Burn
Best for: Those with short attention spans, cardio cravers.
Why it’s a star: Dozois keeps you moving constantly during this hour-long workout, progressing through “Basecamp,” “Ascent,” “Climb” and the heart-pumping 30-second “Peak” category. The speedometer-like timer at the bottom of the screen keeps you motivated (“I’m already halfway through the climb!”). During the five, 10-minute circuits, Dozois builds the choreography in a natural way from start to finish. Bonus: No equipment needed…Well, except a towel to mop up your sweat!
Where to get it: Peak 10 Cardio Interval Burn ($19.99, getpeak10.com)
Written on January 31, 2011 at 9:38 am , by Karla Walsh
Back in junior high, my favorite meal was chicken fingers (which I ate for lunch or dinner nearly everyday), and I was fairly inactive (an afternoon of watching TV talk shows? Yes please!).
But after being tired of feeling tired and getting teased for my size, I made a pledge to hit the gym for 30 minutes every school day and cut back on fried foods. The plan worked, but I admittedly took it a little too far in the other direction, being too strict with my diet and running to the point of stress fractures and constantly sore muscles. After some time and practice, I learned to find balance in my daily lifestyle, incorporating reasonable amounts fitness and healthy living without going overboard. This experience made me realize how important good health is, in moderation, and from then on, I made it my goal to work in the wellness world.
I’m now proud to say that my body is strong and healthy enough to complete sprint triathlon, a five-mile road race or a spinning class (just not all in the same day!). But these days my favorite fitness activity is workout DVDs, so I can’t wait to share all of my new picks with you in the coming months.
Take a look at our past DVD reviews, then get ready for the 2011 list coming in the March issue, which hits stands in just a couple of weeks!
And then tell us: How do you find a healthy balance?