The Top 10 Workout DVDs
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The Top 10 Workout DVDs

We've tried and tested countless at-home workouts this year and have compiled our list of the best workout DVDs on the market. No matter what your fitness goal -- flatten your abs, freshen up a tired routine, or shape up that couch potato derriere -- we've found the best video for you.

Beat Belly Bulge

Poise Fitness: Core Training

(41 minutes; $14.99, razordigitalent.com)

Estimated Calories Burned: 180

Why We Love It: This DVD tones your tummy with dance, Pilates, and martial arts moves.

Tester Says: "I worked ab muscles I didn't know I had!"

 

Strength Training 101

Jeanette Jenkins: 21 Day Total Body Circuit Workout

(60 minutes; $14.98, amazon.com)

Estimated Calories Burned: 350

What You'll Need: 5- to 10-pound dumbbells

Why We Love It: Well-rounded circuits tone every muscle, while the playlist keeps your energy up.

Tester Says: "I can bump up the difficulty as I get stronger."

 

Quickie Workout

10 Minute Solution: Tone Trouble Zones!

(50 minutes; $16.98, anchorbayentertainment.com)

Estimated Calories Burned: 55 per series

Comes With: Resistance band

Why We Love It: Five strength workouts target everything from shoulders to butt.

Tester Says: "The band was so easy to use."

 

Head-to-Toe Results

Bell Express 15 Cardio Fitness Kit

(24 minutes; $29.99, gotogabby.com)

Estimated Calories Burned: 140

Comes With: Stability ball, jump rope

Why We Love It: This pulse-pounding workout trains you alongside athlete/model Gabby Reese.

Tester Says: "The routine was short but intense."

 

Lower-Body Tone-Up

Tracie Long Training: Better Burn...Better Buns

(55 minutes; $14.99, bmsdigital.com)

Estimated Calories Burned: 325

What You'll Need: 2- to 6-pound medicine ball

Why We Love It: Sculpts your butt, legs, and more with moves that go beyond lunges and squats.

Tester Says: "The trainer had energy without being hyper."

 

Beat Pilates Boredom

Stott Pilates Intense Sculpting Challenge

(25 minutes; $14.95, stottpilates.com)

Estimated Calories Burned: 110

What You'll Need: Resistance band

Why We Love It: Offers big payoffs by pairing traditional Pilates moves with a muscle-toning band.

Tester Says: "You go right from one tough move to another."

 

Spice Up Your Routine

Dance Off the Inches: Hip-Hop Party

(44 minutes; $14.98, anchorbayentertainment.com)

Estimated Calories Burned: 230

Why We Love It: The high-energy dances give you a cardio and core-strengthening workout.

Tester Says: "The steps were easy and fun."

 

Blast Mega Calories

Billy Blanks Tae Bo Amped

(31 to 55 minutes; $39.95, taebo.com)

Estimated Calories Burned: 290 to 530

Comes With: Weighted bar

Why We Love It: Our favorite kickboxing pro adds a 3-pound bar to this set of five DVDs.

Tester Says: "I felt a burn by the end of the warm-up."

 

For Advanced Exercisers

Get Ripped & Chiseled with Jari Love

(60 minutes; $14.99, razordigitalent.com)

Estimated Calories Burned: 450

What You'll Need: 10-pound dumbbells

Why We Love It: With barely any rest and tons of reps, your heart rate is soaring the entire time.

Tester Says: "I worked harder than I could on my own."

 

Instant Calm

YogaFit Ultra

(90 minutes; $19.95, yogafit.com)

Estimated Calories Burned: 240

Why We Love It: This video's got everything from Vinyasa flow sequences to complex poses.

Tester Says: "I've taken yoga before, and this video felt fresh."

 

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2008.

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