If you’re like me, working out is something you do more out of obligation than desire.
The problem with that though, is that I give up after a few weeks because I begin to dread putting on my sneakers. I keep trying to find ways to exercise regularly doing work outs that I truly enjoy. It’s easier in the summer where I can bike and rollerblade, but winter in the Midwest can be rather vicious. Gym memberships are pricey and involve travel time, so my preference is for workout videos. (Since I paid money for them, I give more effort than I do for Pinterest tutorials.)
My current favorite this past season has been one of Jillian Michaels’ DVD workouts. It’s five 10-minute workouts plus a warm up and cool down. What I love about this DVD is that it’s easy for me to do only one workout, but I can also add three more if I want to. The five workouts each specialize on a different exercise type, which I will break down below. All of them challenge me, and all of them have been a lot of fun.
This is probably one of the most challenging on the DVD. Calisthenics means using your body weight as your tool of resistance (think push-ups) — no free weights needed for this one! You’ll feel this one the most in your shoulders and arms because of all the plank positions.
2. Cardio Burn
I’m dying after this one. When Jillian says it’s only a 10-minute workout, you really do use all 10 minutes! It’s a great way to get your heart rate to skyrocket. This workout contains a lot of jumps and high knees, so make sure your ankles are strong before tackling this one.
3. Pilates Power
This is probably the gentlest workout on the DVD. It focuses on Pilates-based ab exercises, so you’ll want to be on a mat or carpet when you do it. Since it’s a little easier, I try to always pair this with one of the more difficult workouts on the DVD.
4. Booty Boot Camp
This one’s my favorite, but you’ll need weights for it. (Without weights, it’s too easy.) If you have weak knees, you may want to sit this one out though: there are a lot of lunges. I would say it actually works the thighs just as much as the glutes, and if you’re using weights, there’s a lot of arm exercise there as well. The DVD recommends using 8 pound weights, but I typically use the 5 pound ones.
5. Kickbox Blast
I’ve never kickboxed in my life, but I just love this one. It’s actually a pretty good blend of cardio and muscle toning because when you’re swinging your arms that quickly, they really feel sore the next day. As Jillian says, “Once you get this down, there is nothing more empowering than kickboxing.” I’m inclined to agree with her.
One of the best things about Jillian Michaels is that her focus is just that you show up and give 100%, even if you have only 10 minutes. For busy people like you and me, this is a welcome respite from all the guilt-trips we receive elsewhere about putting in 30 minutes a day or else. As with all the workouts I’ve done with her, Jillian Michaels challenges you at whatever level you’re at without shaming you. Highly recommended!
I’m always looking for new workout videos to try — any suggestions?
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Jillian Michaels, nor was I compensated in any way for reviewing this DVD.