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10 Best Workout DVDs

Peter Ardito

1. Best for: Calorie Blasting

Fat-Burning Kickboxing Workout for Dummies
Calories burned: About 700
Why we love it: Even if you've never thrown a jab or simulated a side kick, instructor Keli Roberts shows you how to master the essentials.
Our tester says: "Beginner-friendly pop-ups make the moves super-easy to follow." (56 minutes; $14.98)

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2. Best for: Boredom Busting

1 Minute Workout: Total Body Toning
Calories burned: About 630, or 4 to 10 per minute workout
Why we love it: With over 115 different exercises to choose from, this DVD spits out customized routines. Try a 7-minute upper-body workout one day and a 48-minute total-body tone-up the next.
Our tester says: "It's impossible to get bored!" (150 minutes; $19.98)

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3. Best for: Achieving Inner Calm

IntenSati Intention and Power: A High Energy Workout for Body, Mind & Soul
Calories burned: About 600
Why we love it: Patricia Moreno's unique, challenging workout blends martial arts, yoga, and sculpting moves. Plus, she helps you find peace of mind through chants. (58 minutes; $19.95,

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4. Best for: Core Strength

10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates
Calories burned: About 270, or around 50 per routine
Why we love it: Can't squeeze in a full hour-long Pilates class? This DVD features five 10-minute routines. Lara Hudson makes her exercises specific, so you can mix and match them to target your trouble spots.
Our tester says: "I totally felt this workout the next day, but the cancan move, especially, made me work." (54 minutes; $14.98)

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5. Best for: Beating Boredom

Dance Off the Inches: Fat Burning Jam
Calories burned: About 300
Why we love it: Take 10 minutes to learn the dance steps and spend the rest of the time shaking your arms, legs, and booty, all with help from leader Michelle Dozois.
Our tester says: "If you love dancing, you'll really dig this DVD, which incorporates various elements of jazzy hip-hop rhythms." (46 minutes; $14.98)

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6. Best for: Advanced Yogis

Mark Blanchard's Progressive Power Yoga: The Sedona Experience (set of five DVDs)
Calories burned: From 350 to around 720
Why we love it: Blanchard can make any yogi break a sweat. Advanced poses such as the flying crow are difficult; your muscles will work like never before.
Our tester says: "This is definitely a challenging workout, but Blanchard keeps you coming back for more." (48 to 98 minutes; $89.99 for the set, $19.99 to $24.99 per DVD,

7. Best for: Learning to Lift Weights

Build Up Your Muscles
Calories burned: About 300 per routine
Why we love it: Instructor Gin Miller presents four simple but effective weight routines. Plug in your equipment preference and fitness level for a total-body workout.
Our tester says: "I love the way Gin breaks down each exercise so you always know the correct form." (204 minutes total, 48 to 52 minutes for each routine; $29.95)

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8. Best for: The Time-Crunched

Tight on Time: Hot Spots with Tamilee Webb
Calories burned: About 220, or around 46 per routine
Why we love it: You'll get a great workout even if you're in a rush. Choose from four routines that target your abs, arms, legs, and butt.
Our tester says: "A small on-screen clock counted down each routine, telling me the time I had left for each workout, so I could pace myself." (48 minutes; $14.99,

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9. Best for: Total-Body Sculpting

Get Ripped: Slim & Lean with Jari Love
Calories burned: About 700
Why we love it: Love breaks down every move clearly and easily so you don't flub up on form. Fifteen quick but intensive segments of squats, lunges, push-ups, and more will leave you sore the next day.
Our tester says: "This is the closest thing I've found to a killer body-sculpting class!" (65 minutes; $14.99)

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10. Best for: Burning Fat

Patrick Goudeau Step Up
Calories burned: About 710
Why we love it: Two left feet? Goudeau sets you up with combinations anyone can tackle.
Our tester says: "Even when I did stumble, Goudeau's infectious energy kept me moving." (60 minutes; $25.95,

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2007.

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