Looking for short, but intense workout DVDs
Challenge sent in by Debbie
I was wondering if you guys could put together a list of good exercise DVDs? I usually hate that stuff but with a young one around and shorter days I am doing this more often. I’ve done the Shred now for a year and it still kicks my ass. But, I was hoping to add another one or two to the mix that are still short but intense. I’ve heard good things about the Px90 but also heard it is an hour long and I don’t normally have that kind of time (only so long the kid will watch a dvd on his own so I can workout in the other room). I wanted to put some dvd suggestions on my Christmas list and was wondering if you could do a post for the holidays, pretty please?
I can only speak for myself, but here’s a list of DVDs I’ve found to be useful:
P90X Interval X Plus. Yes, it’s an hour long. Your choices are: suck it up and get an hour’s worth of exercise after the kiddo goes to bed or early in the morning or during naptime or during some other time of day when you can scrape together an hour, even though yes, you’d MUCH rather do something else, ANYTHING else, and there’s a pile of laundry and the dishes and etc, etc, etc . . . or do, say, half the video at a time.
The Interval X DVD goes through a series of exercises, then repeats them all in reverse. You could totally stop after the first set, maybe skip ahead to the cooldown at the end.
Turbo Jam 5 Rockin’ Workouts. Turbo Jam feels pretty old school to me now, with the music and all, but I used to LOVE it. The instructor does a good job of being motivating and chipper without being too annoying, and you will definitely sweat. This particular DVD set has a 20 minute workout, in addition to the other selections.
Crunch: Boot Camp Training. This is another video that feels kind of dated and a little corny, but it’s 35 solid minutes of butt-kicking moves.
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism. If you like 30 Shred you’ll probably like this DVD, which is a 40-minute circuit workout. No weights needed. Her No More Trouble Zones DVD is good too, and even though it’s an hour long it’s broken into body-specific segments — you could do lower body one day, upper the next, etc.
Okay, those are my top picks. Readers, do you have any DVD suggestions for someone who like short, but intense workouts?