Happy New Year and here’s to a healthier new you!
As I said in the last post, it’s that time of year when you pledge to banish the chocolate, prohibit your alcohol intake (I went teetotal for January at the stroke of midnight!) and of course think about embarking on an exercise regime. Not all of us like facing a gym and that’s ok as long as you find something else that keeps you moving and burning fat. Fitness DVDs are all rage at this time of year with around half a million expected to sell over the next few weeks. There’s a number of us who either already own a fitness DVD, had one bought for us this Christmas (err was that a big hint or what?!!) or have toyed with buying one. But which one do you buy and do they work? There’s so many out there to choose from so I’ve done some research (looked into reviews) on what’s out there to give you a helping hand.
Clare Nasir’s Boot Camp
TV weather presenter Clare shed more than two stone of flab last year. She and her trainers present the boxercise plan which helped her slim down in four months. Critics say: It’s a bit misleading to call this a bootcamp — there are no fast sprints, or repetitions of lunges and squats — but it’s fun, flows well and is good for all levels. There’s punching, and kickboxing crunches for the abdominals, plus lively interaction between the presenters. Best for: Those who lack motivation.
Tracy Anderson Total Cardio
Anderson is Gwyneth Paltrow’s personal trainer. It’s a dance=based workout featuring four ten-minute routines. Critics say: It’s more of an advanced dance lesson workout which isn’t easy to follow and you need a lot of space to perform the routine. This is filmed in a large, simple space with no background music, which really helps you to focus. Best for: Experiences dancer.
The Man Utd player claims yoga has helped him maintain peak fitness. Giggs and his yoga teacher take you through a 40-minute circuit. There are also ten-minute workouts for particular body parts to prevent common sporting injuries. Critics say: This is filmed in a large, simple space with no background music, which really helps you to focus. There’s a good mix of exercises, and the section on testing your muscle strength and the exercises for weak areas are really useful. Best for: Seriously sporty types
Diversity Dance Fitness Fusion
The young dance troupe who won Britain’s Got Talent present a street dance based workout with options for different levels of fitness and ability. Critics say: A good warm up and overall explanations are clear. However, it may get the kids moving but it won’t get you as fit as a good gym routine would. Best for: Ten to 18=year-olds
The DVD workout queen with her trainers presents six ten-minute workouts focussing on cardiovascular health, boxing, legs and abdominal muscles, arms and flexibility. Critics say: There are very clear instructions and you are kept motivated. Most of the advice comes from her trainers with very little input from Davina. Best for: Workout junkies who want to push themselves harder.
Beverley Callard’s Body Blaster
The former fitness instructor and Corrie star presents five workouts and is joined by a group of “real” women. Critics say: This begins well but when the workout starts the instruction seems to stop, leaving the viewer confused. Best for: A gentle intro to working out.
Debbie Rush’s Bulge Buster Workout
Another Corrie star who has shrunk from a size 16 to an 8 determined to get you fit. Her straightforward circuit routine is led by ex-England rugby player Andy Titterall and is based on simple no-nonsense exercises. Critics say: It’s great for those not used to choreographed routines but there’s not much progression which could lead to boredom. Best for: Beginners
DVDs are a great way to workout if you can’t afford the gym, cant face one or prefer to workout in the comfort of your own home. I have an old Ministry of Sound one which I used to workout to five times a week before I joined a gym. I still use it now and then when I’m off travelling or it’s too cold for a run outdoors. The key is to stick to whichever DVD you choose and you will get results. If you get bored easily, there’s always Fitness TV on Sky channel 282, which has a number of workouts throughout the day for you to join in. And if you’re really lucky you may see me pop up in one or two of them as I took part in The Big Workout.
Happy working out!