Skip those expensive workout classes and get in shape on the cheap.
Workout DVD Performance
Workout DVDs reviews primarily deal with users' tolerance for the instructor and the motivational impact, along with the level of difficulty and, of course, the results of their hard work. According to the workout DVDs reviews we read, all these factors affect users' willingness to stick to the workout routine long term.
Instruction.Whether you're a newbie or a veteran, you want to do the exercises correctly. Otherwise, what's the point? If you're in a class, you can always raise your hand and ask a question. But if you're home alone staring at a TV screen, you can't stop the action and request clarification. So you need good instructions. Moreover, there's no one next to you to serve as competitive foil or friendly prod. So here, too, you need the on-screen personality to fill the void. Workout DVDs reviews indicate that some instructors meet these needs better than others.
Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones wins a ringing endorsement from scores of satisfied exercisers, according to workout DVD reviews on Amazon. Users report Michaels provides clear instructions (oftentimes as she demonstrates) on matters like alignment, controlling movement, and use of weights. The routines proceed at a steady pace, reviewers say, and are easy to follow. Many users posting fitness DVD reviews on Buzzillions credit Michaels with keeping them motivated even as they groan about how hard she makes them work. Beginners and older folks really take to Leslie Sansone and her Walk Away the Pounds. Exercise DVD reviews on Viewpoints, for example, describe the in-place walking steps and arm movements as easy to follow and her upbeat personal style as highly motivating. Unlike some other fitness trainers, they add, she refrains from barking orders and relies on positive words of encouragement. And, users note, she provides information about the physiology of her routines, such as which muscle groups are being worked and the benefits of aerobic exercise.
Opinion is divided about how effectively Denise Austin: Burn Fat Fast - Cardio Blast instructs and motivates. Some fitness DVD reviews on Overstock say the routines are fun, varied, and easy enough but others find Austin's directions fly by too fast and say prior aerobics experience is a big help. A few workout video reviews also assert that she provides the motivation to eat right and get in shape. Users generally like the supercharged energy of Billy Blanks' Tae Bo Amped, perhaps helped along by what some describe in reviews on Amazon as his "in your face" demeanor, but Blanks loses points for not always leading the same number of repetitions for each side. The harshest criticism is reserved for 10 Best Fitness; workout DVD reviews on Amazon say the instructors are corny and not believable.
Level of Difficulty.Knowing what you're ready for is a big part of choosing the right fitness video. The cheap exercise DVDs on our list can be used by beginner on up. Fitness video reviews on Amazon say Michaels's No More Trouble Zones routines can be tough, especially for novices, but others appreciate the rigor and note that you can make the exercises less challenging by forgoing the dumbbells or by doing the first few routines until you're ready for the entire set. Sansone's collection of workout DVDs build on themselves, so everyone -- from newbie to advanced exercisers -- can find something. Workout video reviews suggest that her Walk Away the Pounds is just right for mature bodies and newcomers to the whole exercise thing. Postings on Walmart note that the moves change and become more demanding with each walk-in-place mile, but you can proceed at your own pace and not worry about stressing your joints. Austin's Burn Fat Fast - Cardio Blast scores with viewers for its versatility -- 10-minute segments of kickboxing, cardio dance, athletic intervals, and aerobics that alleviate boredom and let you focus on one form of exercise, if you so choose. DVDtalk.com rates the routines on this fitness DVD at an introductory level and says you can bump it up a notch by incorporating some modifications. And while a few consumers posting workout DVD reviews of 10 Best Fitness on Amazon say the aerobics and Tae Bo kickboxing pass muster, they say other parts of the set should be ignored.
Results.For the cheap workout DVDs on our list, the overall consensus among fitness video reviews is "Yes! My body looks great. My muscles are sculpted and I lost weight." Users commenting on Amazon about No More Trouble Zones claim rapid results, and one reviewer posting on Barnes & Noble happily reports on the compliments she's received about her toned physique. In workout DVD reviews on Viewpoints, Sansone's fans say her walking routines have made a noticeable difference in the way their clothes fit. We read similar comments about noticeable results on a variety of review sites about Austin's Burn Fat Fast - Cardio Blast, many of which suggest that losing weight can be fun. Back to top »
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