Tuesday, April 27, 2010

{Dedicated: Workout DVDs}

As I have mentioned before, I love working out. I wish that I had the freedom in my wallet to belong to a gorgeous, up-to-date workout facility (Lombardi Center, you are no Equinox). I also wish that I had the space in my schedule to head to the gym seven days a week, if only for a short 20-minute interval workout and some lifting.

Unfortunately, I have neither the freedom in my wallet nor the space in my schedule to do accommodate these wishes. Being a "poor" college student, I am stuck working out in that eyesore that is the Lombardi Center. And because I am a student, I have classes, interning, and meetings to worry about before I can even begin to think of working out.

Admittedly, I am usually pretty good about waking up before class and heading to the gym, or prioritizing my day to be sure I have at least 45 minutes for a solid workout. But then, of course, there are days like today, where I have been up for interning since 7:00 a.m., and don't return home until 9:30 p.m. (I went shopping after work... I can't be "poor" all of the time haha)... which is why I am posting now. Tired from a long day, I don't always feel like changing into my full workout gear and trekking to the gym.

My solution? Workout DVDs! I was skeptical at first about using DVDs. I worried that I wouldn't do the moves properly, or that because no one was around (we all know we try hard at the gym partly because there are people there who can see us) I wouldn't put in my usual amount of effort.

Boy, was I wrong. I have slowly been amassing a collection of DVDs, most focused on abdominal workouts. The DVDs have introduced me to moves I would never have thought of trying, and I am definitely noticing a difference in my stomach. I have never had abs, and probably will never officially have them. But, my core is most definitely tighter and more sculpted. My favorite part about the DVDs is that most of them have 10-minute workouts that are quick and really blast the areas you want to target in the shortest amount of time.

Right now I am loving:

{Michele Olson, PhD: Fitness Prescription: Perfect Legs, Glutes, & Abs}
{Exhale: Core Fusion: Lean & Toned}
{Exercise TV: Ultimate Body: Quick & Incredible Abs}
{Crunchless Abs}

So, if you are in need of a workout but don't have a lot of time? A workout DVD is definitely the solution!

**All titles available on Amazon.


  1. Thanks for posting these! Lombardi KILLS me. I hate it so much and I've been running in the Botans a lot lately. It'd be nice to have some other options, though! Maybe I'll try one of these.

  2. I would definitely try them! I was definitely skeptical at first, but I can DEFINITELY feel/see the results.

  3. aaahhh I LOVE work out DVD's/tapes. I haven't done any in longggg time, but one I tried freshman year was with Carmen Electra and strip tease I think. It was pretty dumb. My true favorite work out tape of all time has to be with Billy Blanks, Tae-Bo. So GREAT!

    ps. another great thing to do if you don't have the oppurtunity to buy a work out DVD, you can go online to youtube and find lots of work outs like 15 minute abs, etc, and those are really convenient!

  4. I've been tempted to try out the strip tease/pole dancing tapes... apparently they are actually really good workouts. I know a lot of people who do workouts off of YouTube, or even buy them on iTunes and use them on their computers/iPhones/iTouches. It really is great that working out has transitioned to become more convenient.

  5. Even better than actual workout DVDs is the free ones I get on my verizon fios on demand channel at home. It is so perfect to just lay in my living room and do a couple videos! Definitely a great, great solution to my laziness to go to the gym or get a membership at home!

  6. I will have to check that out when I get home!

  7. I love the free ones, too, Sarah! I love workout DVDs as well... I have one called "Turbo Jam" that kicks my butt! It's a little hokey, but I can definitely feel it a couple of hours later (it's a bit like kickboxing!).

  8. I totally feel you, Courtney! I was SHOCKED at how sore I was after the first time I used the DVD's.

  9. Great post! yesterday i found another great video post about body building. Here is the link
    ab workout

  10. Thanks! There is nothing like a good workout!